J.yaffa

modern:rustic handmade custom jewelry

Custom order, start to finish

Justine CollinsComment

Just recently I had a previous bridal client come back to me for a birthday gift for her mom.  She had a rough idea of what she wanted, a ring with a swirl that incorporated an opal.  She sent me this screen grab, but she wanted something less generic.  

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idea

Nothing wrong with this, just not my style.

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quick sketch

I was envisioning some little bezel set diamonds in the bubbles and an oval or freeform opal.

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options

Possible opal selection.  Decided it was too large, client's mother likes smaller more delicate jewelry.

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choice

Choosing the exact opal to be used via text messages.

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design

The final design settled on. We went with something a little more asymmetric.

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cast

The piece was cast in pink gold.  We decided to go with a satin matte finish, rather than high polish.

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process

Setting the diamonds.  The piece is held in thermoplastic and then clamped in an engraver's block.

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more process

Pushing the prongs down over the opal to hold it securely.

 And the finished project!  Happy birthday Megan's mom!

And the finished project!  Happy birthday Megan's mom!

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glamour shots