Here’s a look back at a pendant I created for a client over the holidays. This project turned out to be a great example of how custom designs come to life.
- Every piece of jewelry begins with a detailed sketch. This stage allows me and my clients to flesh out their design ideas and arrive at an aesthetic we’re both proud of.
- The design is then translated to a hand carved wax model. This model not only serves as a 3d rendering illustrating shape and size, it goes on to become the actual piece of jewelry. Minor adjustments or additions are most easily done at this stage.
- The piece is cast in your metal of choice. I frequently work in sterling silver, gold (14k & 18k yellow, white or rose) and palladium. Once cast the surface is finished through a series of filing, sanding, and polishing. Any hand fabricated elements are added at this stage. In the case of this pendant, we added bezels for gemstones.
- Any gemstones are set last. Final surface oxidation or polishing is applied, and the piece is ready for wear!