A Lesson in Patience – Amber and Rose Calcedony

by Barbara Jacquin.
(Uzes in the south of France)

A Lesson in Patience - Amber and Rose Calcedony by Barbara Jacquin - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

It worked!

I had been intrigued by these stones ever since I bought them but could not decide on a design for them, or even IF I wanted to undertake the technical challenges of uniting them.

The amber didn’t pose too much of a setting problem except to keep enough of the back open for transparency; however, the rose calcedony’s unusual shape demanded more planning.

A Lesson in Patience - Amber and Rose Calcedony by Barbara Jacquin  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Notice the prong positions on the back

Several sketches and much apprehension later, I realized that there was no other way to set the calcedony but with prongs.

A Lesson in Patience - Amber and Rose Calcedony by Barbara Jacquin  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Finished pendant

Ok, bite the bullet!

Holes for the prongs were drilled and multiple fittings of the stone were tried before my creation finally took form.

A Lesson in Patience - Amber and Rose Calcedony by Barbara Jacquin  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

The thinking stage

I like the subtle combination of colors and textures seen in this pendant. Pleasant to the eye but also to the touch.

Barbara Jacquin
Bijoux de Barbara

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  • Rena Klingenberg says:

    It is so satisfying to work at a piece of jewelry and to love the final result. It’s why artists love to create. I like how you created a setting for the amber to allow it to be seen. Love seeing your design sketch, Barbara!

  • Barbara Jacquin says:

    In fact, since I am a one-only creator, I end up taking a fair amount of time doing sketches. I think people better appreciate the value of the piece when they see the progression of its creation.

  • Barbara, I agree. I sketch my ideas all the time so I won’t forget my design ideas. In my sketches I also include written notes to clarify my thinking. The whole process helps me think through the piece.

  • Alysen says:

    Beautiful Success!!

  • lyonefein says:

    Thank you for sharing your process with the rest of us!

  • Marcus @mybespokejewellery says:

    The colours go together nicely, very creative

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