Friday, 21 September 2012

Design of the Week: Opal drop necklace

I've had a pretty crazy couple of weeks and haven't been able to post as much as I would've liked - fortunately some of that was because of good things, like a long weekend in Paris with my boyfriend (Eiffel tower, Disney, Champs Elysees, Laduree macarons).

I've been back in the workshop the last couple of evenings though, busy making new things which I'll be able to share soon. For now though, I'm long overdue a Design of the Week post so I'm going to have to cheat - this one is something I created quite a while ago. I love wearing it though (wearing it right now, in fact) - it's quite delicate and goes well with workwear.

Here's my opal drop pendant - made from sterling silver. It's a black opal - but looks blue in most light, with lots of green flash. Opals are one of my all-time favourite stones; I have spent a fair bit of time browsing the internet for opals to buy since starting this hobby!

The bezel was slightly tricky for me when I made this, as I had never set a pointed stone before. The trick is to press in from the corner and file it down bit by bit, until the bezel is properly pushed over. The rest of the pendant is made from slices of various silver tube (which made me put a chenier tube cutter on my wishlist, as it's not as easy to cut as you might think!).

Black opal silver drop pendant necklaceBlack opal silver drop pendant necklace

Tomorrow, I've organised a last minute photoshoot in London, with a proper model. I've been planning, but as an amateur photographer I feel a little bit nervous as I don't know the model personally and don't want to waste her time. Fingers crossed I get some good shots out of it!


  1. Hi, I know this is a bit long after your initial post but do you still have any of these designs for Opal? Cna you tell me about them? Chain etc. Also how much are they?

    1. Hi Cullan,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you! What would you like to know? I have this exact necklace still - it's made from sterling silver and is on an 18' silver snake chain (I have trace chains and dainty curb chains too). I also have a white opal which is a slightly fatter tear-drop shape, of a similar size, so I could make a similar necklace with that. If you're interested in possible pricing etc, feel free to email me: :)


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