Yesterday, my daughter reminded me of something I’d told her a few years ago, “Our weaknesses are our strengths gone too far.” It’s so satisfying when your kids are of the age they begin to suspect you may have some wisdom after all, isn’t it?
Designing is all about solving challenges. Sometimes a gem I am designing around is just a bit “too much.”
But, there’s always a workaround – learn how we approached one challenge below.
I can also help you with turning your unworn jewels into new favorites. It starts with a simple conversation.
The baroque pearl had a gorgeous round shape – lovely curves that were just too exaggerated to easily set into a simple pearl pendant.
A more elongated pearl would sit more gracefully by itself on her neck (photo below).
So, we waited a bit and let the answer come to us.
Lo and Behold…
Eureka! That changed everything!
Using my “Law of Odds“ (if you prefer video) we now had three elements we could use in the pendant: the pearl, the new aquamarine sugarloaf cabochon and some sapphire/diamonds we rescued from her unworn jewelry.
(Earlier, we had scraped some of her unworn jewelry for refining, and applied the gold value to a credit towards this new project – I can do that for you too.)
The aquamarine’s sea-blue and its rounded shape played PERFECTLY with the pearl’s shape and ocean birth. The addition of her blue sapphires and diamonds further reinforced the “mermaid magic” design concept.
Check out the concept sketches below.
Tell me what you think of this design solution!
Consider how this pendant can be adapted to other uses: a big bead on the bottom, or coin, or beach rock or…. and a top also of something with dimension.