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Cecile Raley Opal Pendant Project

Curby311

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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).....

Opal.jpg


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.

sunflowerRing.jpg

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 ;-)
 

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voce

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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!
 

Catmom

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Beautiful stone and it's going to be a gorgeous pendant!!
 

leslie1956

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That's going to be one stunning pendant, congratulations! Opal and paraiba is a combination made in heaven :)
 

Eady

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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!
 

Curby311

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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!
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.
 

lilmosun

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I'm so glad you bought this...I loved the size, shape and color when she posted it! It will make a beautiful pendant.
 

T L

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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.
Neon apatite in melee sizes will be waaaaaaayyy more affordable and provide the same look as that halo posted by Elle.
 

Curby311

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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
 

sapphiremomma

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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!
 

T L

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How could you not love it!!!??? It’s gorgeous!
 

elizat

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I really like it! I think it looks great.

Opals are so hard to photograph. Do you have it in person?
 

Curby311

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How could you not love it!!!??? It’s gorgeous!
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.
 

Curby311

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I really like it! I think it looks great.

Opals are so hard to photograph. Do you have it in person?
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.
 

Curby311

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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!
Thank you! I do like it and I'm hoping I love it once I receive it.
 

voce

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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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