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« on: August 19, 2010 08:49:55 PM »

I received a custom order for a three generation Family Tree. She saw my Memorial/Remembrance Tree and wanted one with the birthstones of May, August and November to represent three generations of her mother, herself and her daughter. I thought this was just the loveliest idea.

We set about discussing what we could do for the gemstones.

August is Peridot and it's a semi-precious gem so that wasn't too hard to find. I got some beautiful AAA grade micro-faceted peridot rounds.

November is Topaz and a slightly more difficult stone to find, especially given that November is yellow topaz and most available is a blue variation. However, I was able to find some coordinating AAA Imperial Topaz in a lovely pale honey color which was also micro-faceted. A small quantity for a fair price. (Still expensive in general but not for what it was.)

The last was the biggest challenge. Emerald is May's birthstone. It's gorgeous. And it's also more expensive then diamonds. Finding real emerald in bead form was going to be extremely cost prohibitive. We opted for an amazing stone called, "chrome diopside." Ugly name, lovely stone. It's known as "Siberian Emerald" because the color is so rich and vibrant and so much like the emerald. It's still a very expensive stone. I imported some from a seller in India for $50 but it was worth it when it arrived. The color was everything I'd hope it to be.

I used sterling silver wire as the outer circle, roots, trunk and branches. And the finished product came out amazing.







It's truly magnificent. I'll be mailing it this weekend to my customer. I wanted to show it off though since I'm so proud of how it came out. The quality of the gemstones are simply breathtaking. I must admit, while I've worked with gemstones before, this was the first pendant with one hundred dollars in just gems alone. And it shows. I hope this can truly be an heirloom piece for her and one her daughter can enjoy in the years to come as well.
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« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2010 09:35:00 PM »

this is GORGEOUS!!!!  id love something like this for aria and me but unfortunately my birthstone is expensive (diamond).  i have no idea whether arias is expensive as well.  hers is an aquamarine.  but ill add it to my ows list and maybe we could come up with a cheaper alternative.  of course you dont have to claim me for it.  (i dont want to come off pushy!!!)
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2010 10:00:37 PM »

if you dont mind me asking what gauge do you use on your outer circle? and inner as well.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2010 09:14:34 AM »

this is GORGEOUS!!!!  id love something like this for aria and me but unfortunately my birthstone is expensive (diamond).  i have no idea whether arias is expensive as well.  hers is an aquamarine.  but ill add it to my ows list and maybe we could come up with a cheaper alternative.  of course you dont have to claim me for it.  (i dont want to come off pushy!!!)
Diamond...yeah, you'd need a substitute like I did for May/Emerald. Not sure what genuine stone could be used. Might be able to use a CZ of some sort... Aquamarine is semi-precious so less expensive by a lot. That would be do-able. Some birthstones are more challenging than others to be sure. I thought Emerald was going to be a deal-breaker but man...the chrome diospide is so gorgeous, it was truly everything I'd hope it would be as an alternative. If you ever want to discuss it further, by all means, drop me a PM.

if you dont mind me asking what gauge do you use on your outer circle? and inner as well.
I typically use 16 outer/24 branches. These beads were so fine it would have been a lot easier to use 26 gauge. A lot of the holes were too small and it was very nail-biting if I'd be able to finish it. Most people use 26 all the time.
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Breathtaking! You can definitely see the quality and time put into this piece.  This is going on my wists for sure, if you don't mind.
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2010 03:44:35 PM »

This is gorgeous! I love it so much.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2010 09:11:04 AM »

Miss M, you've done it again!  Another coveted piece by me Smiley  Stellar work!
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2010 01:53:46 PM »

Unbelievable!! You are so talented. I love the colors and meaning behind the piece.
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« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2010 02:10:40 PM »

Thank you so much everyone! It was such a treat working with such extremely high quality gemstones. I was so happy with the finished product. Grin
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