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Mom''s bday pendant - Aqua by BB, setting by Mark at ERD

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gongjoo143

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I don''t post too often, but I thought you guys would love this pendant that I had made for my mom''s 60th birthday present. Her bday is in March, she loves blue and aquamarine is her birthstone.

I had seen this design at Tiffany''s awhile ago and thought it was so pretty but also very overpriced. My dad also wanted it to be meaningful, so the X and O of the design is like kisses and hugs.

I was lucky to find this gorgeous 2.5ct round aquamarine by Barry Bridgestock. He was humble and told me it was pretty but the color wasn''t superb. I took a chance because the size and price were just right. When I received the stone, I just fell in love with the color and sparkle! You just don''t see aquas like this in mall stores.

I sent the aqua to Mark at Engagementringsdirect. He''s been my jeweler since 2004 when I bought my ering from him. I showed him the picture from the Tiffany''s website and within a couple weeks, he made an even better version of it. I love the way he paired the marquise so the X looks more like a butterfly. I''m always so impressed at his fabulous skill. Needless to say the pendant ended up being priced much less than Tiffany''s, AND it had substantially more ct weight.

The true test came when we gave my mom the pendant. She''s a picky lady and doesn''t usually wear jewelry. We were all so relieved that she loved it and she actually wears it regularly!

On to the details:
Pendant setting in white gold
2.5ct aquamarine 8.5mm
Marquise diamond 1.16ctw

It was difficult to photograph the aqua color. I hope you like the pics!

Aqua pendant on neck.jpg
 

Fly Girl

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Absolutely gorgeous. I can see why your mom wears it a lot. It is so beautiful, classic and wonderful.

Well done!
 

tyty333

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That turned out beautiful! I also love the color of that aqua!!! My Mom is a March baby also!
 

btrflygrl23

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Oh Lord your mom''s pendant is GORGEOUS!!! What a sweet thing for you and your dad to get for her.
If you don''t mind my asking, I too had seen the version of this necklace at Tiffany''s and realized that it was way over my budget, I''m a March baby and LOVE aquas and have always wanted a necklace like this so my question is may I please ask how much you paid for it so I can get an idea of if I having one made would be within my budget?

I totally understand if you would rather not say and I didn''t mean to pry just looking for information
Again the pendant is stunning, love everything about it!
Happy b''day to your mom!
 

NeverEndingUpgrade

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Wow, gorgeous. My mom''s birthday is in March, maybe I should copy you and get her something like that next year! Or get one for me since my only child''s birthday is in March!
 

gongjoo143

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Thank you everyone for all the sweet comments! I''m so glad you like it!

btrflygrl23 - The aqua was priced very well because Barry said the color wasn''t ideal. I paid $200 at acstones.com. Altogether, the pendant was substantially less expensive than the Tiffany version. The quality is great. It''s definitely the kind of piece that will be passed down. I suppose the price will differ w/the diamond ct weight.
Why don''t you call Mark T? He''ll know which one you''re talking about because he made it just a few weeks ago. I really like the proportions - I know Mark took quite some time to pair the marquise stones.
 

akmiss

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WOW, Barry did an amazing job on the aqua! The pendant is just perfect! Thanks for posting the pics
 

LaurenThePartier

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Gongjoo - WOW, stunning!!!!! I love the setting design and that aqua is gorgeous! Happy Belated Birthday to your Mom!
 

dani13

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What a gorgeous pendant!!! You mom must be thrilled!!! Mark did a great job with it!!! Enjoy!!!!
 

FrekeChild

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Wow! It''s beautiful!!! I love that aqua!!!
 

Diamond*Dana

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This has to be one of the most beautiful pendants that I have ever seen!
 

Tacori E-ring

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It is SO pretty! Your mom will love it!
 

Catmom

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Oh it''s gorgeous and I absolutely love it! Your Mom is very lucky.
 

marcy

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Very pretty.
 

beechezz

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What a gorgeous necklace! That stone is so beautiful, what wonderful color it has! I love it, no wonder your Mom is wearing all of the time, that aquamarine needs to be worn and out for the world to see its beauty!
 

gongjoo143

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Thank you everyone for all your compliments! This was my first big colored stone project and I''m thrilled with the way it turned out. The best part was that my mom liked it. She''s so hard to please


I''m really thankful to both Barry and Mark - it far surpassed my expectations!
 

icekid

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gong- what a phenomenal pendant- and so sweet that you did it for your mom. Barry is wonderful, isn''t he? Just gorgeous
 

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I LOVE it!
 
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