Reviving your old jewellery – more tales of custom work!

My friend G, had a necklace that she was quite fond of but felt like it was maybe a little tired and in need of an overhaul.  So, she asked me to rework it, potentially using a stone from my “collection”.

Oh, right – you’re not supposed to hoard those pretty rocks…..

It was originally silver plated, but as the years went on some of the plating wore off.  I had it replated.  Sometimes, in my opinion, replating can cause the piece of jewellery to loose some of it’s character – but luckily this didn’t happen in this case!

The original design of the necklace, after the silver (re) plating.  Unfortunately the tassel (which was being removed anyway) didn't survive the plating.  The base metal didn't react well to the plating solution.
The original design of the necklace, after the silver (re) plating. Unfortunately the tassel (which was being removed anyway) didn’t survive the plating. The base metal didn’t react well to the plating solution.

Then the fun part – I got to get out the stones and see which size and shape I thought went best with the overall design of the original necklace.

It seems inordinately difficult to get a good photo of my sketchbook - oh well.  Hopefully you get the drift!  This is after going through my stone collection and picking the best shapes and sizes.  Then it was up to G to pick which ever one she liked.
It seems inordinately difficult to get a good photo of my sketchbook – oh well. Hopefully you get the drift! This is after going through my stone collection and picking the best shapes and sizes. Then it was up to G to pick which ever one she liked.

I think all of my stones are pretty fun, but I have to say the lapis lazuli cabochon that G picked really was fantastic.

This really is a glorious piece of lapis!
This really is a glorious piece of lapis!

Then the challenge came, because there always has to be a challenge!  I guess that’s what makes it interesting.  I bought this cabochon “on spec”, because of it’s fabulous color and it’s shape.  I prefer stones that are interesting shapes rather than the usual ovals.  However, when I bought it I didn’t give a single thought to how I would set it.  Well, let me tell you – in case you can’t tell from the photo – it is a straight sided cut which is not the best for setting a cab.  Well, why make it easy, eh?

I opted for a partial bezel with two prongs which I think look quite nice!  Here is the finished project:

The finished necklace!  An old necklace revived with a fab stone setting that really complements it's lines!
The finished necklace! An old necklace revived with a fab stone setting that really complements it’s lines!

I think (and so does G) that this rework turned out quite well.

You really can turn an old piece into something new to love!

Valerie

 

 

 

 

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