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Bespoke Edwardian-Inspired Russian Demantoid Pendant

LilAlex

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That is truly sensational! With spouse's home-cut stones no less.

Loved the documentary aspect. Can't wait for Season 2 =)2
 

CHRISTY-DANIELLE

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PHENOMENAL!! Those stones are fantastic and I LOVE the pendant all together! Thank you for sharing all the progress journey pics too, it's so fascinating to see each stage.
An absolute masterpiece in every way!
 

tara3056

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That is truly sensational! With spouse's home-cut stones no less.

Loved the documentary aspect. Can't wait for Season 2 =)2
Actually these stones were NOT cut by my husband - demantoid rough (and specifically Russian rough even more so) is very very very difficult to find. I just meant that we had spent a fair amount of what might have been my "jewelry projects" money on buying gem rough instead, so I hadn't had a new piece of jewelry in a very long time. :)

Wow that's mind blowingly beautiful. I thought from original post where you say it is hard to find demantoids in larger sizes, I thought the whole pendant would be smaller. Those are sizeable demantoids!
Thank you, partgypsy, but actually these demantoids aren't all that big. I suppose they're a decent size for top-color Russian origin, but the biggest garnet in this pendant is 4.5mm and most of the others are 3.8mms except for the tiniest one. I do own a larger demantoid, a 1.06ct 6.1mm, but it was not used in this pendant. I'm still deciding whether to put the big one in a ring someday or sell it instead.
 
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Polished1911

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Jaw dropping!!! Thank you so much for sharing the whole process. I could look at these pictures all day.
 

CSpan

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What an incredible design, the journey of construction was wonderful. So few folks take the time to do this and it is so much fun to see.
 

leslie1956

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It's awe inspiring, I must say! Congratulations, wear it in good health.

In case you haven't spent enough money, I found these incredible earrings in the GildedLane shop on Etsy ;-): They would be perfect with your pendant.

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tara3056

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It's awe inspiring, I must say! Congratulations, wear it in good health.

In case you haven't spent enough money, I found these incredible earrings in the GildedLane shop on Etsy ;-): They would be perfect with your pendant.

Wow, those are incredible!! But yeah, I'm not spending any more money for a bit ;-)
 

tara3056

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Clutching my invisible pearls! We have the same taste in jewelry and this is divine. I had no idea demantoid was so vibrant. I think you may have incited a new hobby!
Thank you so much! Yes, demantoids are my very favorite gemstones. Believe it or not, these pics really don't do justice to how they look in real life. They throw off lots of colored fire, like a diamond (hence the name ... "demantoid" meant "diamond-like")
 

Garnetgirl

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So, so. beautiful ! :kiss2::kiss2::kiss2:
Your demantoids are incredibly vibrant. What a fantastic colour.

Googling ‘demantoid garnets’ is what led me to Pricescope in the first place. I have a soft spot in my heart for them.
 

dameisers

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Thank you so much! Yes, demantoids are my very favorite gemstones. Believe it or not, these pics really don't do justice to how they look in real life. They throw off lots of colored fire, like a diamond (hence the name ... "demantoid" meant "diamond-like")
I have never understood all the fuss over emeralds because they are so terribly included and most often treated. I much prefer an untreated stone, which makes me a Gemmy Snob and I’m ok with it.

Do you have any favorite vendors for Demantoid?
 

voce

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I have never understood all the fuss over emeralds because they are so terribly included and most often treated. I much prefer an untreated stone, which makes me a Gemmy Snob and I’m ok with it.

Do you have any favorite vendors for Demantoid?
There are smaller emeralds from Afghanistan that are untreated and are not so terribly included. They are beautiful!

I think most demantoid vendors are from Russia, and it's not the most straightforward thing to do business with them directly, as it's difficult to enforce any buyer protections between the US and Russia (I don't know about other countries). Some Russian wholesale suppliers do come to the US with their stones, and Yvonne Raley of Cecile Raley Designs, for example, regularly buys demantoid garnets from a Russian supplier, if you want such a thing as a return.
 

tyty333

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A gorgeous piece! "Watching" how it all came together was really enlightening!
 

HHtv

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Onward to stone-setting (all bead/pave set), brightcutting, milgrain, etc... The pendant was embedded in shellac for much of this process to keep it supported.

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Slight doming of the top:
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On my hand for a sense of scale:
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That's all for now! I have not taken any neck shots of myself wearing it, as I'm in my Covid-uniform today of yoga pants, no makeup, and messy hair. This pendant deserves better :lol-2: So I have it sitting on my neck form where I can freely admire it all day. I'm in love!
WOW! this is gorgeous!! It's a jewel that i can imagine being commissioned for the russian royal court!
 
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