17 April 2015

A 16th Birthday commission

It's lovely to take on a commission that appeals straight away. I was given free range by a mummy to design a birthday necklace for her 16 year old daughter. For a 16 year old, it needed to be young and contemporary. The daughter's name was Jasmine. 

By e-mail we agreed I would do a little J, and a tiny jasmine flower. I hand cut both and domed the little flower over a punch to give the petals some shape. I wanted to add a birthstone, but April's birthstone is a diamond. Luckily I had a small batch of rose cut diamonds that I had picked up, which fell within budget. I made a tiny silver bezel setting on a jump ring, and set the diamond with a rub over setting.

We decided on a small fine chain, and I finished it with one of my logo tags. The necklace was carefully wrapped in tissue paper, placed in a little drawstring bag, and tucked into one of my logo boxes, before being gift wrapped.

I love that the necklace still retains the feel of the things I like to design, small elements, hung together, while still hopefully meeting the customer's brief. What a super mummy to commission something so special for her daughter. I do hope Jasmine likes it.


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