Platinum Pendant With Tahitian
Black Pearl and Tourmaline

Beginning with a 10mm Tahitian black pearl I was asked to design and make a platinum pendant, one that goes well beyond the everyday solutions that are so rampant in the jewelry industry. I wanted to avoid eclipsing the pearl behind a lot of metal and I wanted to set it in such a manner that attention would be thoroughly focused on the pearl. As normal, I can't seem to help but bring into play a variety of other visual elements to visually activate the piece while creating a unity of the whole.

The main black pearl is nestled between the two flanges of platinum on either side. Directly above and facing downward toward the pearl is a smaller black pearl that's just large enough to establish a comfortable counterpoint. Situated on either side of the pendant are tourmaline cabochons that are bezel set. I chose the cabochon tourmalines due in part to the color that complements the colors in the black pearls and because of the roundness of their surfaces that have essentially the same shape as the pearls.

This pendant could easily be worn on a variety of chains although I think it's best worn on as simple a chain as possible. As seen above, it's suspended from a 3mm snake chain. Please click on the images above to open larger versions.
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tahitian pearl pendant
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