As personal ambitions go, one that has been with me for a very long time has been the wish to be able to make rings from silver and gemstones.
With gemstones set in silver. Not wire wrapped. Or glued.
And I've only gone and done it.
Using sheet metal, I have cut, sawn, hammered, and soldered.
My finished ring isn't lobsided. Or a bit wonky. And the stone hasn't fallen out.
It's a simple silver ring with a gemstone set in a silver mount.
And I am ridiculously pleased with it.
The ring shank is made with a chunky piece of silver that I have hammered, so that it's textured.
The mount is plain, smooth silver.
The stone is a type of jasper, I think.
I haven't taken it off since I finished it.
One very long-standing personal ambition achieved.