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