I just finished having this custom-design necklace made for a customer of mine- she is celebrating her mother's 80th Birthday, and wanted to create a very special heirloom necklace featuring the 15 birthstones of her grandchildren. The matching earrings and bracelet that her brother and sister commissioned will be finished on Monday, and I will post pictures of them both as soon as possible, but I couldn't wait to share!
I have always really enjoyed the combination of pearls and colored gemstones, but birthstone jewelry has always seemed like such a jumble (it seems like very little consideration is given to how the colors compliment or contrast with the others, and is not my favorite style of jewelry), so this particular piece was a fun challenge!
The gemstones featured in this necklace are all 4.5mm round-brilliant cuts, mostly eye-clean, and totally saturated with color! I really like how intense the Emeralds are, and am sending out a great BIG Thank You to my former employer, Renata, Gonen and Lupe at ABC Gems for help in obtaining some of the rarer precious gems.
2 pcs. Citrine (November), 2 pcs Peridot (August), 2 pcs Emerald (May), 1 Tanzanite (December), 1 Ruby (July), 1 Garnet (January), 4 White Sapphires (!!) (replacement for very $$$$ Diamonds- April), 1 Aquamarine (March), and lastly, and also my favorite: 1 Brazilian Alexandrite (June) which displays a brilliant color-shift from Tourmaline Green to Raspberry Red.
Each stone is bezel set into hand-milgrained 14K Yellow Gold and soldered together in clusters of 3 stones each, and spaced out into 5 clusters that were complementary to each other in one of our Elite Freshwater pearl strands 7.0-8.0mm, approx 16-inches, and finished with a 14KY Ball clasp. My hope is to possibly put this piece up in our Bridal section, so that grooms, brides, mother of the bride, etc can create a treasure that can be handed down through generations! Any thoughts?