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Karins Gold Rose necklace by fairyfrog Karins Gold Rose necklace by fairyfrog
Materials: White gold, Aquamarines, Diamonds (and some silver which will later be replaced).


This has been a huge adventure, but now it's finished and my friend is getting married Saturday! Congratulations to her! :heart:

So, I sent the necklace to the setter but since I made the middle setting in very thin metal he couldn't set the stone!
this very morning I was handed back the necklace with 6 of the stones set, but the centerpiece a wreck!
It was my own fault, skimping on the material because there was a very tight metal budget with no room for mistakes.

And there was the mistake. Wah! O.o

So I had to do something quick. I made a new setting and used some silver bezel lace I ordered some time ago, and it really saved my arse! it also added a lovely detail to the necklace, since it was the center piece and a sizeable stone I'd rather say it was an improvement to my rather rigid setting!

So getting the stone in there I decided that I can always change the bezel if the customer would want to and have the extra gold. If I managed to extract the runined bezel and stick this one in, I can remove this again! :)

So, after the final polish this was quickly photographed and handed over.

The chain at the back only has a regular closing hook but will get something fancier and a safety chain eventually. The main concern was getting this rockin' before the weddin', and that I managed!

rhodium plated white gold in the main part, the chain is rhodium plated also, but sterling silver. the budget didn't stretch as far as covering a white gold chain, and we will exchange the links in it as we go along. The stones are Aquamarines with nice clarity, and diamonds. Two of them yellowish, one blue-tinted and one semi-white, since they weren't bought calibrated to match. I love that detail, abd placed the two yellow ones next to the main stone to give the blue stone some contrast. It tricks your eye on a subconscious level. ;)

I am very happy with this, and I think it's the prettiest necklace I ever made! Wohooo! Also, VERY relieved it's finished! Pheww!
Relief! Yay!

.. I need a drink. :P


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:iconprincessireneofceres:
princessireneofceres Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Student Writer
You know, if you made one and replaced the aquamarines with rubies, it would be a lovely companion piece with your pirate queen three roses ring.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is an excellent idea! :love:
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princessireneofceres Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Writer
Thank you, and your work is lovely by the way.
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Midn1ghtcat Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
beautiful
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Miko-dono Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011
Wow. This is just breathtakingly gorgeous! :heart: I myself have a preference for white gold, since yellow gold doesn't go with my skin tone, and aquamarine is my birthstone. What a lucky woman!
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!

I have the same problem.. Yellow gold is ugly on me XD...
But I don't like the feeling of white gold, preferring a favoured scandinavian gold alloy which is more of a reddish-pink! <3

Also, some day I want a blue gold ring!
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Miko-dono Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011
Yeah, I think I know the color you're talking about. I also love the color of rose gold, though I've never seen a solid band of it, usually jewelers use it as an accent color.
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fairyfrog Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes, together with green gold to make leaf and such. it is hard to tell the difference without any reference beside it.

But the extra-red gold almost has a copper sheen to it, looking almost weird pink. And it is sadly hard to work with, since the metal it is alloyed with (copper only) is messy and likes to tarnish.

There isn't any regulations for how gold is supposed to be alloyed, only traditions to how you get a particular colour. So old white gold can contain gold - and then nickel to get it the white tint. Not too healthy - but it is without comparison in white colour and durability, apparantly. I never worked with it since it is banned in EU.
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Miko-dono Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011
Wow, I never knew about the inclusion of nickel. Makes me glad I usually go for silver, it's more in my price range.
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SineadMeehan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Ohh Wow, now that is pretty damned fabulous :O
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