Design Journal

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, Part 3

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, Part 3

After I decided to feature the beautiful oval spessartite garnet in the First Piece pendant, I moved on to procuring gemstones for the first three pairs of earrings.  I settled on a very unusual pair of 9mm round cranberry red tourmalines. I have not seen this color before, it has a warmth and depth of color I thought would be especially nice with the 18K yellow gold and dark wood inlay.

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, Part 2

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, Part 2

The "First Piece" is to be a large pendant, with a floral design in an architectural style made in 18K yellow gold, inlaid American Walnut, with a spessartite garnet center, rubellite tourmalines radiating out to the perimeter, and a drop component comprised of peridot and diamonds. When I measured the original sketch...