Creating new custom pieces from a client’s old jewelry is very creative and rewarding. Often this jewelry is inherited, is passé or simply unworn and has been tucked away for many years, forgotten in velvet boxes. Serendipitously, through the creation of a new piece, I find that often, one makes two.
The Case of the 50’s Cocktail Ring
My dear friend and client inherited a fifties cocktail ring featuring a very beautiful imperial topaz flanked by white diamonds. We decided that although the ring was wonderful, it would be more fun for her if the topaz was refashioned in a more casual style so she could wear it daily. Using a 22 karat gold bezel and shank, I set the topaz horizontally in a simple modern style.
After finishing the project, we realized that the remaining triangular clusters of diamonds from the original ring were too unique not to be used. My client approved a concept sketch and I proceeded to create earrings by setting black diamonds above the diamond triangles and fluted moonstone drops below.
Originally, our goal was to reset the topaz into a more tailored, modern ring. The resulting two projects were extremely successful; and, happily, one became two!
“Pearls are always appropriate.”
Jackie Kennedy Onassis
A lucky client owns not one, but two lovely 30 inch strands of white pearls. After consultation, we decided to make a unique and dramatic bracelet from the one strand she rarely wore. We used a vivid dendritic agate set in a 18 and 22 karat gold bezel as the centerpiece and added four rows of pearls at each side as the “cuff.”
We then realized that the extra pearls could be incorporated into a second piece. The ultimate summer necklace was born, perfect for the client’s white linen and beach lifestyle. The necklace features branches of red coral intermingled with dancing pearls.
Our initial goal was to refashion a single strand of pearls into a bracelet. Again, one became two!