“Often you don’t know the outcome until its finished”

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A very adventurous client who lives out of state was interested in a pair of boulder opal earrings.  Her only request was that they be blue.


I had only a single large gem blue boulder opal that had purchased at the Tucson Gem Show.  I had planned to cut them it in half from the start.  The pattern in the opal seemed to repeat itself and could be made into a great matched pair.  I sent her a photo.


The cutting of the stone was a success!  I knew that she was a fan of moonstone as well as opal so I emailed her a photo that incorporated a pair of black moonstones and a pair of blue moonstones.  She loved the combination.


I sent this series of drawings and she chose the style at the far right.

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As you can see, the earrings ended up looking quite different from the original drawing.  After roughing out the gold work, I was concerned about the weight.  We had worked together before.  I thought that the changes would be an improvement on my original idea so I went with my intuition, and she loved the result.