Tag Archives: garnet

Trellis

The request:  A pair of dangler earrings in the shape of a leaf using garnet gemstones.

The dilemma: None.

The process:  The client wanted a pair of garnet earrings.  I suggested that we add more than just garnet because this gemstone has a rich wine red color.

Combining it with other gemstones in the same color family will give the piece life and vibrance.  So I scoured my suppliers to see what they had and I found these:

Gorgeous gorgeous Tundra sapphires in red-orange, orange, and olive!

With this project, I needed to take my time.  Remember, I do not sketch.  I knew that I could only work on it during my good creative mood (read: when I feel like it inspired) to achieve the best results.

Fast-forward to 1.4 months, this is how it came out:

As you can see I’ve attached it to peridot cubic zirconia in 14k gold bezel set ear studs.

All other gold is 14k rolled yellow gold.

If you’d like to own something as intricate as this, do leave a message in the comments below or send me a message at my shop.

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Trio Burst

The request:  Make a jewelry set that will match the dress of a client’s wife

The dilemma: It has to be done in 2 weeks.

The solution: I asked the client to send me a photo of the wife’s dress.  I received the email 5 days later.

The dress had hints of red-orange.  It had a satin sheen that displayed darker colors under different lights and under shadows.

I was at lost with what necklace design I could make.

I had to make the necklace stand out against the dark and light effect of the dress but without making a distraction.  I wanted to make it blend but not really. I wanted to craft it in a way that the client’s wife will be able to use it on formal occasions, during casual days, and even at the office.  That’s the ClassicSparklers’ trademark: versatility in all aspects.

The dress’ neckline grabbed my attention and I knew I had to start with that.

Also, the client’s wife wanted me to use the garnet gemstone.  I made a rundown in my head if I had enough available in stock. The garnets that I had have a dark, wine red color.  With my 14k gold, they will stand out, yes, but they will look too drab plain.  I had to add something else.

After considering all these, I was finally able to create another beauty:

I used garnet, carnelian and rubellite, thus calling it “Trio Burst”.  They gave good contrast to the garnet while at the same time adding texture because of their difference in size.

Also, I used pyrite for that usual sparkle!

But this would not be a ClassicSparklers piece if it were to be used ONLY for this occasion, right? So I gave it the ability to turn into these other options:

Notice something missing compared to the first photo?

It’s this pendant:

I made this part detachable so that the client’s wife can use it separately with a nice gold chain or a satin ribbon.

But I did not stop there 🙂

If you would like me to create something as fabulous and one of a kind as this set, you can contact me thru:

1.  Drop me an email at thedesigner@classicsparklers.com

2.  Leave a message at my store

3. Or simply leave a comment in this entry.

 

Bordeaux

The latest object of attention of Neiman Marcus‘ Senior Accessories Editor,  Roopal Patel are fabulous bordeaux items. 

I have always loved this color.  Most of the time, however, I’d forget its name and would just describe it as dark red or the color of wine.  I think it’s a safe bet if you want to wear something within the family of the color red but are not daring enough to do so or if it does not fit your skin complexion.

Upon browsing through all of Ms. Patel’s bordeaux choices, I can’t help but realize that the color can and does resemble that of garnet!  Garnet has a deep dark red color which is sometimes difficult to photograph.  I have spent hours trying to get the right hues of the color come out.  Most of the time, I’d wait for different times of the day just to get that perfect shot. 

I am not a professional photographer but I do know how to balance light or ISO settings.  Most of the time I will use macro shots.  But thanks to my trusty Canon G10, which was a gift from my dad, I was able to capture these wonderful shots of garnet:


The necklace in the first photo is available here.

The one in the second photo was a custom request for a garnet necklace and earring set, garnet being her birth month.

Something new

So many things to do so little time!

Instead of backtracking my lack of posts, I’ll give you a brief overview of some of the pieces i’ve made for my winter collection.

I’ll be back in a few to post more!  stay tuned!

I can start feeling the Christmas spirit with all the greens, and reds and blues and white!