A faithful client, C., ordered me a new custom necklace to match the dress she bought for her son’s wedding. I was more than happy to oblige.
C. showed me pictures of her dress. It’s navy blue, very simple and elegant, and will be worn with a white and blue jacket. She told me: “I’d like a long necklace, maybe a bit flashy to contrast with the simple cut of the dress, and probably matching earrings too.”
I made three propositions, with sketches to help visualise the result.
Proposition 1 : 12 mm blue agate beads, silver rings and chain.
Proposition 2 : 8 mm rose quartz beads, silver Mobius knots, silver rings.
Proposition 3 : hematite chips, silver rings.
I kept one common feature, the large silvertone rings, as I think it looks good on a long necklace. Of course, any alteration was possible.
C. told me she liked the first sketch and also the Mobius knots. But she was afraid the colours I chose would not come out enough on her dark dress. White or transparent beads would probably match best the jacket.
As I didn’t have any white beads at hand, I made a stop at my favourite shop to remedy that and came back with this new proposition. At this point, I had a good idea of what C. had in mind, so I could start making the necklace.
The necklace is based on my first sketch. The white beads are agate gemstones, and the transparent ones rock crystal. I added a second chain strand for a better visual structure. When sending this picture, I asked C. if she would like more elements thrown in: either beads, Mobius knots or rings, as she liked. She said yes to a few more beads and Mobius knots.
Here is the final necklace that she approved.
White agate, rock crystal, silvertone Mobius knots, rings, and chain.
Total length: 100 cm (39 in.).
Fitting jewelry from a distance is not always easy. I suggested to C. that she put a string around her neck, reach the desired length, then measure it. It worked very well.
Now that the necklace is done, I could make matching earrings. I thought the white should be present, as the agate beads were the smallest, hence the best fit for an elegant pair of earrings. I could add a reminder of either the chain or the Mobius knots.
As they are quite easy to make and adapt to the final decision, I didn’t need to sketch them beforehand. C. chose the second version. And voilà !
White agate, silvertone Mobius knots.
C. was very happy with the set!