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FCD Earring Project Complete! Photos inside!

LD

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I'm so pleased to have finished this project! After many years of collecting FCDs I've accumulated so many small ones that I wasn't sure what to do with them. Thanks to the input of some lovely PS'ers, I decided to make a pair of earrings and took inspiration from a couple of photos posted by Pregcurious and Aoife.

The finished earrings are about 1.5" in length so a good drop and sparkle really well (but this hasn't been captured in the photos at all :angryfire: ). They are made in 18k white gold and all the diamonds are natural (not irradiated). In the shank the diamonds are a mixture of white and very pale pink (although the photos have washed out all the pink)! The earrings have been made so that I can change the top of the earrings and use "tops".

My only reservation is the pinking all around the edges. I'm just not sure whether I like it or not and whether a smooth finish would have looked whiter and more modern. I can always get them changed at a later date but I'm going to live with them for a while before I make a decision.

Apologies for the quality of the photos!

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LD

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Unashamedly showing off now with more photos!

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Those are incredily pretty and versatile! Are each diamond "melee" surrounded by a thin piece of ridged metal?
 

LD

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Yes Chrono they are. Each of the diamond settings were made separately and then the jeweller and I sat down and moved them around to a shape that we liked with the diamonds loose inside. Then he fused them all together by melting the gold where the pieces touched (does that make sense)? Interestingly, this is a new benchman for me and I was amazed that he NEVER works with a loupe! I also watched him pick out minute melee (for another piece - not mine) and he almost perfectly matched size and colour first time, each time! I was very impressed!
 

Aoife

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LD, those turned out beautifully! I love the combination of playful and traditional. They're very, very you!

:appl: :appl: :appl:
 

centralsquare

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Stunning! Ear shtos!!
 

bright ice

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What an outstanding pair of earrings :love:
 

tyty333

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Those turned out great! I really like the shape you came up with!
 

movie zombie

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wonderful idea! i love the look with the pearl!
 

LD

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Thanks everybody - glad you like them Aoife and thanks again for your help!

Requisite earshots that I forgot before!

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Ooooo....I'm LOVIN' these...wow....stunning!!!! And so versitle too! :love:
 

kas baby

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love the ear shots!! are they comfortable to wear? b/c that is some serious bling you're sportin! :naughty:
 

yennyfire

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Wow, are those cool! I love how versatile they are! Awesome job! :appl:
 

kenny

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Wow, those are really cool.
Plus the carry all the history of your collecting safari! :appl:
 

Kismet

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Very cool! Those came out really well. And so many options for the stud too!
 

pinkjewel

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they turned out beautifully!!!! :love: :love:
 

ChloeTheGreat

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Such cool little clusters of bling! Did you come up with the design yourself?
 

natsplat

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I love them! And I think the "frilly" edge is lovely and quirky, and gives them an extra something special. I'd keep it if I were you. :love: :love: :love:
 

kt

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Wow, those are just so cool and different! Love!!!
 

Arkteia

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They are amazing. No words to describe - just to look...
 

baby nurse

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Really beautiful, LD! Well worth the time and effort to collect the stones and design the earrings. Wear them in good health!
 

centralsquare

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Gorgeous ear shots!!
 

y2kitty

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They are stunning and I hope you get a lot of wear out of them!
 

colorluvr

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Wow! How incredibly unique! I bet the sparkle is almost blinding IRL - congrats on a job well done (to you and your new benchperson).
 

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Oooh, those are gorgeous earrings!! Simply breathtaking!!
Wear in good health and happiness and enjoy!!!!
 

ooo~Shiney!

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WOW that bench person wore no LOUPE ?!?!?!?
Well, they sure did an AMAZING job !!!!

Those earrings are absolutely beautiful !
I just LOVE them !!!! :love: :love: :love:
 
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