she inherited a mid-century classic pearl and diamond cluster ring from a favorite aunt. it had been gifted to her by her uncle, an elderly gent. she knew she would never wear it as a ring and that her uncle would take great pleasure in seeing her wear it. she indicated she was more of a necklace gal so we pursued the idea to turn the ring into a pendant.
initially she was reluctant to take the ring apart because she thought it could never be redesigned while keeping the cluster center together. i also had trepidations because the ring had such a great flow and balance in classic mid-century style that would be a shame to ruin.
additionally, she had brought in several other jewelry pieces for disposal or re-use, one of which was a yellow-gold machine rope-style pendant chain! the classic chain perfect for this redesign.
i love the opportunity to really examine older pieces. understanding the construction allows me to be creative in the redesign process. her ring was very well constructed and of high quality, and we were pleased that it did lend itself to being taken apart and reconfigured. i needed to remove the pearl so the work being done on the cluster would not cause any damage to it. expert jewelers respect that pearls are organic gems and scratch fairly easily. pearls also absorb solvents, oils and contaminants easily, another good reason to protect it!