I just love my clients. They bring me the most interesting projects. Like this week, the lady- let’s call her Mrs. Superior- brought me a stone from her little stretch of beach on Lake Superior. “Can you make a pendant around this?”she asked. Of course I can, said I. “Can you do it in gold?” she replied. To which I said, Oh joy and rapture, yes please. Thus starting my new project.
My first step was to study this rather unassuming shore washed pebble. Mrs. Superior has said it would be a remembrance of her favorite section of beach, and all the happy times she spends there, so I wanted to make it very special. But, I didn’t want to waste any gold, so I drafted out the design in silver first.
I had quite alot of fun with it, but I’m afraid I used some rather heavy gauges in order to get the visual scale right. She was understandably not happy at the thought of a $500 pendant for a lake rock. But she loved the design. Hmm, I said.
So after much deliberation, I recreated the design in finer gauges with flat sheet segments to help with the visual weight issues, and mixing 14k yellow gold with 14k rose gold.
… And she loves it. A little bit more on the final polish, some adjustments for fit, and she’ll have her remembrance wherever she may go.
Many thanks to Mrs. Superior for such a fun project!
What a great project! Looks like you have even more fun designing something meaningful for a client rather than an item of stock jewelry?
So glad you could make something out of that!! When she showed it to me, you were our first thought!! It looks gorgeous!