I’ve been wire wrapping for over 10 years now and the very first piece I studied was a Moldavite that Daryl wrapped for me. It was my first ever Moldavite I bought for myself and when I showed it to Daryl, he just grabbed some sterling silver wire and started wrapping it. That was in 2007.
I’ve wrapped a lot since then and my skills have progressed over time. These are not all the Moldavites I’ve done~some I was not able to get photos of.
This one was done in 2009. I started to learn back in 2007 how to wrap but wasn’t serious until 2012. It was just a part time hobby that I did for fun and funded with my own pay. This moldavite is wrapped in copper and was taken with a low quality camera phone.
This was my first one I designed in Sterling Silver and I was sad to let it go. It was one of my best pieces of my earlier designs and my pride and joy. However, it is now in it’s forever home and the photos are great memories.
I wish I had had a better camera. This moldavite had shards of impact material in it. Could have been meteorite or even parts of earth. It was such a cool specimen and made a great piece of jewelry.
This was the first Moldavite ring I’ve ever done. And the only one so far. It was set in sterling silver and sold in 2015. It was a fun style to work with and a bit of a challenge because back then I was new to making rings. I wasn’t that great at it.
This is a moldavite phenakite combo piece. The moldavite is at the bottom and the phenakite, a rare beryllium orthosilicate, is at the top. This was set in sterling silver and was made to go with the ring but the two sold to separate people.
This is a moldavite (top) with petalite, which is a major source of lithium that rarely occurs in gem quality crystal form. It’s wrapped in 14K Gold filled wire.
This was my first moldavite done with major wire weaving and coiling detail work. I was inspired by Elon Musk, who I wrote an open letter to, (and he shared it!) and hope one day I will be able to gift this piece to him. He believe in never quitting no matter what you always keep going.
Sometimes, when I pick up a stone, a rough image of how it’s designed just pops into my head. This happened with this piece. The metal is copper (color coated) and I chose these colors to contrast nicely with the moldavite.
This is my most recent design. I did this one yesterday (June 14, 2018) and it’s going to it’s forever home tomorrow when I ship it off.
These are all the ones that I have photos of so I hope you enjoyed the visuals.
About the Author
Johnna Sabri is a mineral, gem and crystal collector and wire artist. She loves experimenting with different styles of wrapping and collecting gems and minerals. Her work has been modeled by GA State University students in one of their annual fashion shows.
Johnna has also served customers all around the world including Dubai, Finland, The Philippines, Australia, Canada, the UK, China, and Hong Kong as well as people in every US state.
She learned her craft from Grammy winning guitarist, Daryl Adonis Thompson, son of Eli “Lucky” Thompson, the saxophonist who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Isaac Hayes. Daryl was well known in the Little 5 Points Atlanta community as a master at his craft. Read more on Johnna here.