Dear Calla – Looking for Something to Compliment my Pearl

Dear Calla Gold















Dear Calla,

I have this cool abalone odd shaped pearl/shell piece that my fisherman boyfriend gave me. It’s shaped a little oddly, but still cool. I’ve talked to a couple of jewelers about making a pendant out of it with small diamonds around it, but diamonds don’t really compliment it well. So it sits, unset, and my boyfriend asks when I’m going to wear it. How do I make it pretty and make it “me?”

Abalone Pearl-ishly Challenged


Brown opal champagne diamond necklace






















Dear Pearl-ishly Challenged,

There was a similar challenge with my client Lori’s Yowah Opal. We loved the subtle fire running through it in thin little rivers. White diamonds around it, just overwhelmed it and made it look less special.

I’ve been a fan of alternative colors of diamonds and thought softer champagne diamonds might be just the thing. They looked better, but we weren’t there yet. So I thought if we added black rhodium around the diamonds that would tone down the metal’s shine.

We used the black rhodium and it showed the soft color of the diamonds and the fire in the Yowah Opal nicely.

That might work for your abalone pearl piece. It’d give you some diamond sparkle without being over the top and overshadowing your center gift from your honey.

Your Personal Jeweler,



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Calla Gold is a Personal Jeweler and Author who takes pride in working with clients one-on-one to integrate their personal sense of style and taste into custom designed jewelry and repaired jewelry pieces.   Unlike typical Santa Barbara jewelry businesses, Calla Gold has no brick-and-mortar location. Calla Gold comes to you, bringing you the jewelry collection you want to see and collaborating with you to create unique custom jewelry. Calla also works with at-a-distance clients.

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Patricia Schwartz
7 years ago

I love the opal! And I like the idea of using more demure diamonds to accent, but not overwhelm, the main attraction.

Dani Antman
6 years ago

What an interesting mix of colors and stones…. a one of a kind piece that is sure to attract attention!