Peridot- the “I don’t like my birthstone” Birthstone, Part 2

August 29th, 2009 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG
Custom Peridot Pendant

Custom Peridot Pendant

Last August, our client, Meryl, was in our store getting a ring sized when she mentioned that she had never liked her birthstone, the peridot. A challenge like that is hard for a jeweler and gemstone lover to refuse, so I showed her this grand 5.o6 ct. peridot from Burma. She was delighted and entranced by the beauty of this wonderful gem– and it matched perfectly with the beautiful new sweater outfit she planned to wear to her son's wedding in January.

I quickly sketched out and presented a design for a white and yellow gold pendant surrounded by diamonds.  The white sparkle and fire of the diamonds, set in white gold, accent and contrast the color of the center gem.  I also suggested some unusual pierced work along the undersides of the piece. She loved the concept and gave us the go ahead.

Daughter Jenny developed this design with our JewelSmith CAD software. It's our practice to submit a CAD rendering for approval to our clients before we mill the wax model with our ArtCAM milling system– this really helps the client visualize the final item.  We take every step possible to make sure our clients are involved in the design process– it's fun and helps insure they will love the finished piece.  Meryl immediately gave us the go ahead to complete the item–she was confident in the design without having to see the wax model.

CAD design rendering for client

CAD design rendering for client

This design combines a very classic look– a large colored gem surrounded with small diamonds– with unique and unusual designs and piercings around the back. We think it is very effective! Read Meryl's comments on our testimonials page.

Side Detail, Custom Peridot Pendant

Side Detail, Custom Peridot Pendant

PeriPendDetail

Pierced Work Detail

If you would like more information about custom designed jewelry, please read the infomation in our Custom Design section. Custom design is truly the best way to own a unique one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that is perfectly suited to you and your tastes– and it's surprisingly affordable.

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