Jewelry Blog: Making it Right – UPDATE

An inspiration piece seen at a California department store.
An inspiration piece seen at a California department store.
An inspiration piece I saw at Nordstrom this winter.

I’m constantly being inspired by jewelry I see. A few recent necklaces i’ve noticed, and having a huge, cool stone in need of a home have lit a fire for a really cool statement necklace.

Let’s start with the stone; ruby in zosite. I saw and fell in love with this stone, which is a natural blend of ruby corundrum and zosite crystals. Zosite is the same mineral as Tanzanite, a gorgeous and rare purple gemstone. The stone was first discovered in Tanzania in the mid 1950’s.

The 1st version of the big chunky necklace, during wear-testing.
The basic chain.
The basic chain.

The stone needed a beautiful, but simple bezel; the bezel being the rim, frame or edge that surrounds the stone. My initial bezel design used a simple loop for the bail (A “bail” attaches the bezel to the chain, and can come in any size, shape or form). But the narrow gauge of the loop left it hanging at funny angles from the thick silver chain. It needs something more substantial and wider to hold it steady.

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Re-making the bail; from a small narrow gauge loop, to a wider, flatter one. Hopefully better to distribute the weight.
Close up on the chain
Close up on the chain

So now I’m crafting a thicker, wider flatter bail. I hope that will help it sit right on the lovely, large-gauge sterling silver multi-strand chain.

UPDATE:

After re-making the bail from a narrow loop to more of a flat fold-over, the stability of the necklace is much better.  I’ve also re-designed the back of the piece with a window cut-out to show off more of the stone; it could even be worn reversed. Check out the new photos below!

 

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A close-up showing the new wider bail.

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The finished project.
The finished project.

ErinLYYC is a silversmith and hobby jeweler.  Find her work at www.etsy.com/shop/erinbrookejewelry  or “Like” her hard work on Facebook: www.facebook.com/erinbrookejewelry

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