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Cecile Raley Opal Pendant Project

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  1. Curby311
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    by Curby311 » Apr 17, 2019
    Hello there,

    Longtime lurker and first time project poster here to share my second project with everyone.

    I wanted to share the details of my project that I have just decided to pull the trigger on. Yvonne from Cecile Raley will be creating a pendant for me with an opal that I am purchasing. This will be my birthday present to myself for surviving the chaos of the last year, especially since it has been a roller coaster of crazy from every direction.

    Without further adieu...I present (the opal who I have no idea what to name but will be better dressed than me).....

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    Here is a picture of what this looks like in the camelia setting so you can get an idea of scale:
    Camelia_opal_setting.jpg

    My plans are to put the opal in the sunflower setting with 1.6mm Paraibas surrounding it. Yvonne will have to source the paraibas so I'm not sure yet on the timeline. It will be pendant in platinum.

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    I just had to share my excitement with someone who won't roll their eyes at me and maybe almost be excited as I am ;-)
     
    


    


  2. lovedogs
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    by lovedogs » Apr 17, 2019
    yayyyy this is going to be GORGEOUS!
     
  3. voce
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    by voce » Apr 17, 2019
    Of course it'll be gorgeous! I think the outer halo around the paraibas should be blue sapphires. Congrats on making it through the hectic times and happy birthday!
     
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  4. Catmom
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    by Catmom » Apr 17, 2019
    Beautiful stone and it's going to be a gorgeous pendant!!
     
    


    


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    by leslie1956 » Apr 17, 2019
    That's going to be one stunning pendant, congratulations! Opal and paraiba is a combination made in heaven :)
     
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    by Eady » Apr 17, 2019
    That will be stunning - the paraibas will bring out the light flashes of blue in the opal - can’t wait to see the finished product!
     
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    by strawrose » Apr 17, 2019
    Ooo... this will be so much fun!
     
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    by ilovegemstones » Apr 17, 2019
    It will be a luscious combo! Can't wait!
     
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    by Curby311 » Apr 19, 2019
    Thanks Voce!!! I had thought about blue sapphires but I came to realize that I have a bit of a goldilocks complex when it comes to getting just the right blue for sapphires. For me it was easier to mentally visualize the paraiba's since I'll never be able to afford the large crazy neon paraibas. I am trusting Yvonne's eye on this from seeing her previous work so I'm hoping it turns out well.
     
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    by Curby311 » Apr 19, 2019
    Thanks!!! I'll post pictures once it is finished :)
     
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    by elle_71125 » Apr 19, 2019
    Ooh, this is going to be stunning. Opal and paraiba are a match made in blingy heaven.:kiss2:

    Exhibit A:

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  12. leslie1956
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    by leslie1956 » Apr 19, 2019
    Good heavens, Elle, that is amazing! That extra level of blue sapphire melee around the outer edge of the paraiba halo, is over the top (in the best possible sense) :clap:
     
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    by lilmosun » Apr 19, 2019
    I'm so glad you bought this...I loved the size, shape and color when she posted it! It will make a beautiful pendant.
     
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    by Curby311 » Apr 21, 2019
    Wow!!Thanks for posting those photos Elle! They are gorgeous. This is my second project so I'm a bit nervous on how it will turn out.
     
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    by T L » Apr 22, 2019
    Neon apatite in melee sizes will be waaaaaaayyy more affordable and provide the same look as that halo posted by Elle.
     
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    by Curby311 » May 22, 2019 at 4:23 PM
    Hello All,

    It has been a bit over a month and I received word today that the pendant is complete. I'm not sure what I think on it yet. It is pretty. Basically I like it but I'm not sure I love it. I don't have it in hand yet so my opinion may change once I get it.

    Let me know your thoughts.

    Here are some pictures:

    Opal_Sunflower_Pendant.jpg Opal_pendant_glamourShot.jpg Opal_belly.jpg Opal_pendant.jpg
     
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    by sapphiremomma » May 22, 2019 at 4:34 PM
    I saw this on her site and thought it was beautiful! I bet you will love it in person. Yvonne’s pictures rarely do her gems justice. I bet the colors really pop in real life!
     
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    by MrsKMB » May 22, 2019 at 4:47 PM
    Well, I love it! :kiss2:
     
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    by lovedogs » May 22, 2019 at 4:51 PM
    OMG I ADORE IT!
     
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    by T L » May 22, 2019 at 4:53 PM
    How could you not love it!!!??? It’s gorgeous!
     
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    by elizat » May 22, 2019 at 4:54 PM
    I really like it! I think it looks great.

    Opals are so hard to photograph. Do you have it in person?
     
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    by Curby311 » May 22, 2019 at 5:23 PM
    I'm getting there ;)2. I think it turned out well. I'm so glad you like it! This is my second custom project. I believe my issue was that I was having a hard time visualizing exactly how it was going to turn out. I suspect that is something others run into when doing custom projects. I look forward to receiving it and seeing in person so I can develop an unhealthy obsession for my shiny new wardrobe.
     
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    by Curby311 » May 22, 2019 at 5:27 PM
    I'm glad you like it! I don't have it in person yet and I haven't seen any of the stones. I think once I see it in person I'll love it rather than just like it.
     
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    by leslie1956 » May 22, 2019 at 5:28 PM
    My jaw dropped when I saw this pendant on Yvonne's page this morning :) It's an incredible piece and I suspect it will look even better in person.
     
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    by Curby311 » May 22, 2019 at 5:28 PM
    Thank you! I do like it and I'm hoping I love it once I receive it.
     
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    by Curby311 » May 22, 2019 at 5:29 PM
    Thank you!
     
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    by CHRISTY-DANIELLE » May 22, 2019 at 6:08 PM
    Beautiful! I love that opal!
     
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    by voce » May 22, 2019 at 7:01 PM
    Hopefully this pendant will grow on you. What do you not like about it? I assume that you loved the opal itself; otherwise, why spend the big bucks for custom setting, and with paraiba melee, no less? Is it that your opal doesn't fill out the camellia?
     
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    by arkieb1 » May 22, 2019 at 7:03 PM
    I think it's pretty, congrats!!
     
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    by Bluegemz » May 22, 2019 at 7:54 PM
    Really pretty! Congratulations!
     
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