As a jewelry designer, I love the challenge of designing around an unusual stone. Interesting cuts, shapes, and even inclusions in the stone can be a great source of design inspiration. As a jeweler, however, I usually shy away from working with one-of-a-kind stones presented to me by well-meaning clients. The reasons for this are practical. I don’t want to be responsible for replacing something that may or may not be what my client thinks it is, or be liable for a gemstone that has irreplaceable sentimental value. Not to mention that badly cut or damaged stones make my work much harder and more time-consuming.
With all that said, I’ve been mulling over a project for a relative that presents the good and bad of such challenges. My aunt-in-law commissioned me to make a pendant around this sunstone:
While I like the interesting veining and the luminescence of the coppery shiller inclusions, the flaws and damage in this stone make me want to run very fast in the opposite direction. But I don’t want to disappoint my aunt-in-law, and so am setting forth bravely with this project. I’ve come up with this design:
The leaves are strategically placed to cover up the dents in the stone. The silver will be given a patina to echo the dark veining in the stone and the bezel surrounding the stone will be high polish. My goal is to post a picture of the finished pendant hopefully sometime next week! Stay tuned…