I have been working on this project for a while and I can’t wait to finish it, but life keeps getting in the way. I purchased the plum rubies 4 years ago promising to make my sister (Teresa) something and I was just so intimidated by the idea I couldn’t seem to get started. I finally asked her what she wanted and boom, inspiration was born. I am making this with sterling silver and a plum ruby (plum is her favorite color). I have two more of these rubies, but I want to make a complementary pair of earrings to go with the pendent. Seems extra hard today.
I drew this image from the discussion we had and marked it with a date so I would be motivated to finish it.
I then cut out the shapes from the sterling sheet I had on hand. Then I worked with a bunch of tools to try and figure out how to make that interesting texture she likes. I still need to cut out the pear shape on each of the two ends but I think I want to solder it together first before I cut it so I don’t have to cut it twice. A small part of me wants to use that as an opportunity to add another technique and make it pop, but I don’t know exactly what I want to do yet. She also likes some of the pendants they have around with the diamonds in a star cluster like orion or something…not sure I could incorporate that here, but maybe I can.
I have created the bezel for the ruby, I want to add some additional detail to the underside of the bezel to show an interesting design…I want to include an element that reflects my sisters taste/style…hum…maybe a pierced version of a small sunflower on the bottom of the bezel so when the pendent twists over there is interest on both sides and you can still see the ruby.
Preliminary look at what this pieces will look like when assembled….I will post and update to this later.