The Inspiration: It began as an engagement ring for a client using their stones. I liked the look and wondered what it would look like with cabochons. It just so happened that two fit together perfectly.
Choosing the Color Palette: I have a lot of stones that I lay out on my table and I get inspired by playing around with combinations. I'm always looking for the right tones and hues that will compliment another stone and make something come alive. It's always about the "feeling" of a stone or group of stones. Sometimes, however, I do work in a theme - I'll get the "pink" bug, for example and come up with pieces that are in the pink range.
Favorite Combination: I could never choose! It depends on my mood. That's how I pick my clothes and jewelry for the day, and it's always changing!