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 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.
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.
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!