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These two couples are popular celebrities in the Philippines. I will not go through the story on how their “surprise” “mob” wedding came about (just google: Carmina and Zoren wedding), but I will tell you how I came about noticing the beautiful earrings the bride wore.
A client approached me in December and asked if I saw the wedding on tv. I said I did not and she told me her sister, who lives in the US saw it. She was getting married in December and wanted a similar pair of earrings to that of Carmina’s (the celebrity).
2 weeks. I had about 2 weeks to make this pair. That, plus 2 other weddings I was preparing for. But I will never back out of a challenge. Besides, new supplies and materials just arrived from the mail and they were just sooo perfect to recreate the piece.
There were no close up photos of the earrings. The closest I got was this photo:
The inspiration piece looked like it had a large diamond stud from where a teardrop-shaped dangler hung and from this dangler, a couple of smaller teardrop-shaped danglers also hung.
The ClassicSparklers’ filigree technique was fully used on this piece. All sterling silver where diamond Swarovski faceted bicones were scattered about for that added shine. For that diamond stud, I used faceted Austrian crystals. For the smaller danglers I used sterling silver bezel set cubic zircons.
THE FINAL PRODUCT
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It took a years’ worth of collaboration between the bride finally complete the collection.
The bride told me the theme was vintage. Black and white, nothing else. There were lots of inspiration photos sent from Norway and Manila through Facebook and email. I guess you can say that the communication and collaboration was through the World Wide Web! (You can’t get more modern than that!)
The final result came to:
9 pairs of earrings for the Maids of Honor, Bridesmaids and Secondary Sponsors
9 pairs of personalized rosaries for the Principal Sponsors
Bridal earrings (of course!)
a. The Wedding Cord
I already knew I wanted to use diamonds. And not just crystals or quartz but its what we (customarily) call in the Philippines as “Russian Diamonds”. To combat the price, I had to purchase this a year ahead even if I would work on it a few months before the big day.
My ever reliable supplier had the right size and the right number of diamonds. They were large, about an inch in length. To stay within budget, I used plated sterling silver components to wrap and bind them together.
b. Earrings for the Entourage
Like every wedding I collaborate with, I have to ask what the dresses will be. I want to make sure that the jewelry will work with the dress or gown and not go against it. The bride said that there will be fascinators.
The ladies’ earrings were easier to make. The bride saw a previous filigree design and decided on it right away. It used blackened sterling silver, Austrian crystals and quartz. To make theirs more unique, I made them larger and used rock crystal quartz and larger briolettes. I thought that would be enough for the earrings to stand out even under their fascinators.
c. Primary sponsors’ tokens
The couple wanted this personalized and how much more personal can you get with birthstones! They decided on full length rosaries with beads made of the sponsors’ own birthstone 🙂 Real and natural gemstones were quite pricey a year ago and their prices have not gone much lower. To stay within budget, I used Austrian crystals and wrapped them together with plated sterling silver components. It will not be much noticed but this made them coordinate well with the wedding cord.
d. Bridal earrings
I had no idea of what the bridal gown would be. The bride just told me she wanted a white dangler similar to a previous design that was composed of freshwater pearls and white jade. …. but didn’t want it to be made of pearls. She wanted the white jade faceted briolette to remain. I searched my stock and was happy to have found some white agate sandstone! This little piece of magic had small “sparkles” all over. Again, to make it different from the inspiration, I used Austrian crystals instead of a regular filigree wrapped ear stud. I covered the agate with sterling silver in ClassicSparklers’ traditional nest design and then wrapped the white jade in sterling silver.
a. The Wedding Cord
b. The Ladies’ Entourage Earrings
c. The Personalized Tokens of Primary Sponsors
d. The Bridal Earrings
Each piece came with their own Certificate of Authenticity which describes the work process and the meaning between each component.
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After seeing the Trellis , a client was curious about the stones composing the piece. After sending her photos of the Tundra sapphires and beautiful faceted Mozambique garnets, she instantly requested for 2 necklaces that will contain these two. I have worked on the design in my head and decided on how it will look like. Future updates on that soon.
I’ve just finished a huge order of baroque freshwater pearl earrings for a wonderful client who plans to give them as gifts to their lady guests.
I am also working on another tassle earring project after a client saw the . I will be using her birthstones and those of her two daughters. Another challenging work ahead for this piece and I love it! Princess earrings
Phew! Reading back through this post, please excuse me for being in and out of blog posting for a while. Although I will do my best to drop in every day, I don’t think I will be able to post long.
In the meantime, why not browse through my shop cause there might be something you might like 🙂
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How did your day go?
The hubs and I spent it at home. Yes, it was just another day at work for us and school day for the little one but we went home early and spent more time together. The little one gave us a card they did at school while the hubs gave me this:
The people at work wore something red but I didn’t and wore my usual blackoffice suit. I didn’t even think of wearing any red accessory. My boss noticed this and I realized, maybe I should have worn something to commemorate the event?
For those in the same situation, here are a few things available in my shop:
24k vermeil filigree ear studs, handmade discs, Swarovski crystals
Garnet ear studs, carnelian, 14k gold
Carnelian, orange jade, 14k gold
red turquoise, 14k gold
Rubellite, red tuquoise, 14k gold
Red coral, sterling silver
Red turquoise, garnets, sterling silver
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!!!
The dilemma: how?
Make my mark with the J.Pedreria Collection’s signature nest setting. Add a little sparkle with a diamond cubic zirconia ear stud in bezel setting. It came out like this:
Looks nice. Sparkly. Elegant. Classic.
But remember, ClassicSparklers is all about versatility and creativity. Stopping here cannot and does not put those two principles into place.
How about if we add some tassels?
Wow. The execution is perfect and the earrings become ostentatiously beautiful and glamorous!
But you can’t and do not use this kind of earring to the work place right? I do not think this will go well with a suit.
So let’s make it more versatile: MAKE THE TASSELS DETACHABLE!!
What about the pendant?
I decided to just add the nest setting.
When you have an ornate earring, the necklace should be very simple. Amp it up but do not create a confusion between your neckline and/or your ears/head.
Besides, you can remove both tassels of each earring and add them to the pendant, and VIOLA!
I must admit that this was a very very very very challenging piece.
I plan to make more pieces like this in the future.
If you want to have one customized for you (something to wear for the holidays perhaps? *wink*), leave a comment or send me a message here.