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Christinak

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Hello
I am looking for a bit of guidance and advice.
I bought the below watch at auction as I have been looking for a diamond bracelet forever and just haven’t found anything I really liked. I was thinking of doing a conversion along the lines that @Bron357 has done. I was hoping I could get a standard size piece of lapis lazuli or similar to put in the hole when the watch is removed.
But I’ve just realised the watch opening isn’t square!! How easy will it be to find a stone to fit? Oh crikey! Any help and reassurance very gratefully received.
The pictures below were taken by the auctioneer (I haven’t received the watch yet).
Thank you!
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Tartansparkles

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Crikey, that is a stunning watch-to-be-bracelet. Sorry, I don't have much in the way of advice to offer but I imagine you'd be able to get something cut to fit because you'll probably also have to account for the depth as well.
 

Bron357

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OMG I love it. You don’t want it ME ME ME please.
seriously it’s NOT a problem.
heres my conversion again.
the centre is a gold plaque to fit the hole and the tourmaline is prong set into the middle. The back of the watch is still removeable to clean underneath the gem. 70D0144E-BA89-4003-B8D5-5055036B5B01.jpeg 786441E4-3103-445B-A1B9-5500B95BA44C.jpeg
 

Christinak

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Crikey, that is a stunning watch-to-be-bracelet. Sorry, I don't have much in the way of advice to offer but I imagine you'd be able to get something cut to fit because you'll probably also have to account for the depth as well.
Thank you @Tartansparkles As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one! Although I possibly therefore paid more than I should. But hopefully I love it as much when it arrives!
 

Christinak

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OMG I love it. You don’t want it ME ME ME please.
seriously it’s NOT a problem.
heres my conversion again.
the centre is a gold plaque to fit the hole and the tourmaline is prong set into the middle. The back of the watch is still removeable to clean underneath the gem. 70D0144E-BA89-4003-B8D5-5055036B5B01.jpeg 786441E4-3103-445B-A1B9-5500B95BA44C.jpeg
Thank you so much @Bron357 - I am not sure I have seen this conversion before. Just the one with the jade. So I am really glad it is possible! Thanks for liking the watch. It’s tricky to know when buying at auction but this just spoke to me (actually shouted BUY ME BUY ME)!
 

Christinak

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OMG I love it. You don’t want it ME ME ME please.
seriously it’s NOT a problem.
heres my conversion again.
the centre is a gold plaque to fit the hole and the tourmaline is prong set into the middle. The back of the watch is still removeable to clean underneath the gem. 70D0144E-BA89-4003-B8D5-5055036B5B01.jpeg 786441E4-3103-445B-A1B9-5500B95BA44C.jpeg
And sorry I should have said - both of these are stunning :kiss2:
 

Bron357

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Thank you so much @Bron357 - I am not sure I have seen this conversion before. Just the one with the jade. So I am really glad it is possible! Thanks for liking the watch. It’s tricky to know when buying at auction but this just spoke to me (actually shouted BUY ME BUY ME)!
You did good.
Seriously, it’s an absolutely Stunning Art Deco piece and if you have a gold plaque put in the centre you aren’t limited by the shape of the centre gem.
 

Polyhex

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It's gorgeous!!! In addition to the beautiful modifications with a metal plaque shown by @Bron357 , if you are going with a readily available like lapis it would be super super easy to get one custom cabbed to the dimensions of the watch hole.
 

marymm

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You could also put in a stone plaque (like onyx) to fit the rectangle shape, and then set a stone (faceted or cabochon or pearl) into the stone plaque ... beautiful project by the way!
 

LilAlex

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I agree with the rest. I think it will take some imagination but will look great! But even if it were square, you'd have the same issue, tbh.
 

oodlesofpoodles

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Congratulations on your beautiful new piece - I love it when jewelry speaks to me! What a stunning bracelet this will make. I have just discovered the Gem Doctor and Sako's work on Instagram. If you want to peruse their Instagram pictures they work on antique pieces and do top-notch work to my eye. Really gorgeous art deco pieces to oogle. They are also lapidaries so could custom cut something. I am about to have an abraded stone re-polished by them and was pleasantly surprised by the reasonable quote.
 

Christinak

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You did good.
Seriously, it’s an absolutely Stunning Art Deco piece and if you have a gold plaque put in the centre you aren’t limited by the shape of the centre gem.
Thank you @Bron357
I was a bit worried I wouldn’t be able to convert it. It’s so good to see it is possible.
 

Christinak

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It's gorgeous!!! In addition to the beautiful modifications with a metal plaque shown by @Bron357 , if you are going with a readily available like lapis it would be super super easy to get one custom cabbed to the dimensions of the watch hole.
Great @Polyhex thank you what a good idea. I will see once it arrives.

I love these watch to braclette conversions :appl: :appl: :appl:
Thank you @Daisys and Diamonds

You could also put in a stone plaque (like onyx) to fit the rectangle shape, and then set a stone (faceted or cabochon or pearl) into the stone plaque ... beautiful project by the way!
Thank you @ marymm this is a super idea

I agree with the rest. I think it will take some imagination but will look great! But even if it were square, you'd have the same issue, tbh.
Thank you @LilAlex

Congratulations on your beautiful new piece - I love it when jewelry speaks to me! What a stunning bracelet this will make. I have just discovered the Gem Doctor and Sako's work on Instagram. If you want to peruse their Instagram pictures they work on antique pieces and do top-notch work to my eye. Really gorgeous art deco pieces to oogle. They are also lapidaries so could custom cut something. I am about to have an abraded stone re-polished by them and was pleasantly surprised by the reasonable quote.
Thank you @oodlesofpoodles
I love Sakos work too. Unfortunately I am in the UK but I am hoping my bench can do the conversion

So thanks. Now I have an we obsession (husband grumbles in the background)
This made me a laugh @bright&shiny. You sound just like me. I need to stop coming to PS!!
 

AprilBaby

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Amazing! How many carats is it?
 

Christinak

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Thank you everyone for saving me in my moment of sheer panic - spending a fortune and then wondering if it was a huge mistake!! PS is so supportive, and super-enabling too :lol-2:
 

kgizo

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That is stunning!!!!! Good luck with the conversion.
 
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