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Okie_girl

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Some of you may remember my previous thread about earring designs for my niece. I'm working with a vendor to create some jewelry pieces for my nieces, make with the diamonds from my late mother's rings. Many of you were kind enough to give your input, and I thank you for that! Tacori-ering and one other person (I'm sorry, I've forgotten exactly who it was) suggested hoops might be a good option. I discussed that with my vendor, and he graciously provided me with a CAD of some hoop earrings.

So, the options are:

1. studs (these would be approximately 4.5mm, with the post in the middle)
2. french wires, with the bottom part looking just like the studs (sorry, I don't have a CAD of these)
3. hoops

Which would you choose for a 19 year old young woman, hoping that these earrings would be something she can treasure and wear for a long, long time?

Also, just for fun, I threw in a CAD of the pendant design for my older niece.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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danielm hoops2.jpg
 

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ChloeTheGreat

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I voted studs originally, but now I like the hoops!
And the pendant is beautiful! I hope your nieces love their gifts!
 

vc10um

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I still vote studs!

That pendant is so unique! Your nieces are so lucky to have such a wonderful aunt! :appl:
 

iLander

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LOVE the pendent.

You know, I think you might be my long lost aunt . . . :naughty:
 

Gypsy

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I ADORE ADORE ADORE that pendant. SO gorgeous.

I don't like hoops that aren't complete (in a circle) or with Omega backs as I nearly had my ear torn by getting my hair caught under a backpack when I wore a style like those in college.

I do think the stud design is a little old for a 19 year old though.
 

Gypsy

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I think either of these is more youthful. I have earrings similar to the one with four diamonds and they are youthful, elegant and perfect for any occasion.

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happybear

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Hoops for me......

The studs just don't do it for me, somehow.

I LOVE the pendant! Wonderful design!!
 

zoebartlett

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Of the three you posted, I've vote for the hoops.

I also love the ones Gypsy posted.
 

PositivelyPeanut

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The hoops or either of the ones Gypsy posted.

And mark me down as another one that LOVES that pendant design.
 

yssie

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That pendant is gorgeous - she's going to love it!!

Of those I vote hoops, but I prefer full rings too. I like the stud options Gypsy posted more - they do look more youthful, but still classic. The four-diamond studs Gypsy posted has much less metal, too, which should help immensely with the heft - the CADs look really heavy.
 

diamondseeker2006

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I like the 4 diamond stud design that Gypsy posted. I am pretty sure Tiffany has sold this design as well.
 

tyty333

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Hoops...but I do think full circle hoops would be easier to wear. Not sure if its in the budget though.
 

minousbijoux

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Wow, you set the bar pretty high for presents for you nieces; I was thinking a nice book or something for mine! :oops: I have picked out some akoya pearl necklaces for each of my nieces and will give them to the when they are bit older, maybe when they graduate from high school...
 

Tacori E-ring

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HOOPS!!! :appl: I would not wear the first pair. They look too "young" to me. Hoops are classic and NEVER go out of style. I love the pendant.

ETA: you could always add metal on the back to make the hoops close which would be cheaper than using all diamonds.
 

Okie_girl

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Thank you Chloe, vc10um, iLander, Gypsy, minmin, happybear, Zoe, Posivitely Peanut, stargurl78, Yssie, diamondseeker2006, tyty333, and minous for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate your comments on the pendant design. I love it, but it's very affirming to me that you all like it, too. I hope it will be even more beautiful than the CAD.

Gypsy, thanks so much for taking the time to hunt down some other possible designs. I love both that you posted, especially the 4 diamond studs. I'm afraid, though, that since the diamonds I have to work with are so tiny, the earrings would be miniscule.

iLander, you made me laugh out loud!

Tyty333, as much as I'd like to, full hoops are not in the budget. The budget has already been stretched quite a bit. I could have saved some money by going with silver, but I felt these pieces were special enough to warrant white gold.

Tacori, hoops had never crossed my mind until you brought it up, so thank you!

Minous, I know, I hope I'm not setting a precedent here! But, this is a pretty special gift for some special girls. Your nieces will love the pearl pendants, that's such a thoughtful gift.
 

MichelleCarmen

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Not sure about the earrings (some people are hoop people and some are stud - comes down to what your neice is)...but I wanted to say I LOVE the pendant!!! Great design.
 

Okie_girl

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They're done! Here's a couple of the glamour shots of the pendant and earrings for my nieces. I'm pleased with how they turned out. I hope the girls will love them, and that they'll appreciate having something that was on their grandmother's hand for many, many years. Thanks to all of you who helped me!

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Gypsy

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That pendant takes my breath away. I'm sure they will adore them!
 

Miss Sparkly

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I'm so glad you did the hoops! :appl:
 

Tacori E-ring

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Both pieces are beautiful! What special gifts!
 

tyty333

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They are gorgeous! Your niece will love them!
 

Okie_girl

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MissStepCut, Bella_mezzo, chel180, tyty3333, thank you all so much for your kind comments. I'm so excited to give these to the girls, I feel like the designs are not so "old" looking that they can't wear them and enjoy them now, but they are classic enough that they'll hopefully enjoy them for a long, long time.

Gypsy, I had the same reaction when I saw the photo of the pendant!

Tacori, a special shout out to you, as you were the impetus to look into the hoops.

Amy's Bling, hoops it is!

Sparkly, I'm glad I went with the hoops, too. I talked it over with my sister-in-law (wanted to keep the design a surprise for the girls), and she thought my niece would like the hoops the best.

I can't help myself, here's a couple more pictures.

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Tacori E-ring

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Your welcome. I hesitated bringing up hoops in your initial thread b/c I didn't want to be rude but figured honesty is the best policy and if you were uncertain with the stud design maybe you would be open to a totally different direction. Your niece is going to LOVE them. Please post some ear/neck shots!!!!
 
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