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.

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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.

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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.

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Preliminary look at what this pieces will look like when assembled….I will post and update to this later.