My previous blog post outlined the basics of our custom design process. This time I have documented a majority of the steps involved in creating a custom piece from the initial design phase through to the finished piece.
Early this summer I was commissioned to design a significant pendant using our client’s fantasy-cut amethyst by gem cutter Barry Bridgestock. What makes a significant piece? Well besides the scale of the pendant, I incorporated a number of more involved construction techniques. The pendant incorporates not only 22kt gold granules but platinum granules into the design. The body of the pendant is comprised of several separate elements and I have accent stones set into some of the granules as well.
Now along the way I occasionally got a little involved in the project and forgot to document EVERY step, but by and large you can see most of what is involved in creating a Zaffiro pendant.