Designing in a Favorite Style
Tamar had a large, beautiful aquamarine that was trapped in ring far too small for it.
She envisioned turning it into a beautiful pendant to wear with her John Hardy necklace.
There was a particular style of pendant from John Hardy that Tamar really loved, but she could not find a jeweler that would design it with a custom setting for her pendant idea – they only offered specific pieces of completed jewelry.
They Say, “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Really?
Tamar wasn’t ready to give up. She decided to find a jeweler that would create a pendant for her aquamarine.
Tamar’s husband learned about her predicament and suggested that she contact me. I had previously worked with him to redesign an inherited piece of jewelry, and he was really happy with the results!
We met up and Tamar was very clear on what she wanted: a lightweight pendant that could be worn casually.
I was ready to make that happen!
Being Part of the Process
I began designing the pendant in CAD, but wasn’t able to get the elegant, freeform design that Tamar was looking for.
When we reviewed the digital mock-ups, Tamar and I mutually decided that we would be better off carving the wax mold by hand.
Tamar’s pendant was going to be oxidized, so she was very particular about designing it with a three-dimensional “pop.” All of the recesses needed to be just right to create the effect she was looking for.
Three Months, Five Drafts, and One Perfect Aquamarine Pendant
Tamar wasn’t in a rush to get her finished pendant, and we decided to take as much time as necessary to get every aspect just right.
When I’m asked to design something in another jeweler’s style, I believe that it’s crucial to be true to their aesthetic. Thankfully, Tamar understood that this type of work requires time, patience, and meticulous attention to detail!
After three months of altering and re-working designs, Tamar had the aquamarine pendant she had envisioned, and I had another happy client!
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