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Next significant project - diamond studs with detachable yellow sapphire drops

Ionysis

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Ive decided my summer project is going to be a relatively significant one. I usually have one monthly project, which is a smallish exercise, and a proper long term one on the go (taking months not weeks). This is something in the middle.

Amongst my shamefully profligate jewellery collection I do not own a pair of simple diamond claw set studs. I would like to get a small, well cut, classic pair - less than 1ct total weight which I can wear daily.

But that would be boring. On its own. So I want to also get detachable drops made to enhance them (and eventually jackets). But if I’m going to the expense of detachables and jackets to fit I need to know I’m not going to change the studs. So I haven’t moved forward to date because I keep changing my mind about what size, colour, clarity, to go for ACAs or just triple Ex etc.

In the meantime....

I “accidentally” bought a yellow sapphire thinking it was unheated when it wasn’t (I should have known by the v low price of it!). Then I didn’t know what to do with it because my sapphire bracelet is all unheated stones - and it was a spready cut with an inevitable window. So I had it set simply and classically with a yellow gold basket to close the window, thinking I might put it on Loupe Troupe.

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Fast forward another month....

I bought these unheated yellow pair because they just seemed like such a perfect match (and I shouldn’t browse IG when I drink wine!).

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So...

Next project - simple diamond studs - maybe 0.5 carat each stone - GIA Ex Ex Ex, VS clarity and F or G colour (search to commence) and detachable yellow sapphire drops which I can wear with this little ring.

I like this style - but with only two diamonds not three.

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icy_jade

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Suggest you make it so the sapphires can move instead of being fixed to the diamond - looks nicer when the earrings have some movement imo.
 

Ionysis

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Totally agree - nice to see a bit of sparkle. And sapphires don’t have that diamond scintillation so probably need all the help they can get!
 

Ionysis

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So I bought my studs. I didn’t think it was worth paying for ACAs / super ideals so I went with GIA triple ex from James Allen instead. G colour, VS2, just under half a carat each - which was a cost effective option.

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Now I need to take them in to the jeweller with the sapphires and do a bit of a layout to see whether two diamonds or three would be better. I’m not sure if I prefer a shorter or longer drop. I’m worried if I go for the longer length they will be too “formal” for day wear.
 

Mreader

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So I bought my studs. I didn’t think it was worth paying for ACAs / super ideals so I went with GIA triple ex from James Allen instead. G colour, VS2, just under half a carat each - which was a cost effective option.

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Now I need to take them in to the jeweller with the sapphires and do a bit of a layout to see whether two diamonds or three would be better. I’m not sure if I prefer a shorter or longer drop. I’m worried if I go for the longer length they will be too “formal” for day wear.

Seeing your Ruby cab thread got me looking through your others. How are these coming along??
 

Ionysis

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I decided not to add any more diamonds - just get the sapphires set to hang on the studs. The jeweller is trying to work out a way to get them to actually move / dangle making sure they hang properly - not falling forward and in line with the face of the studs. It would be easy if they were on a fixed “stem” but more of a challenge if they dangle.
 

Ionysis

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So I had the drops made for the studs and…. Decided I didn’t like them! The studs have such tiny thin posts that they just don’t sit right with dangles.

So I did this instead.
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I had these old clusters in the jewellery box from years ago. I usually wear them the other way up. But I had the drops set so I could wear them this way.

The drops come off and I can still wear the clusters alone. I think that came out really pretty!
 
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thirdrock

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So I had the drops made for the studs and…. Decided I didn’t like them! The studs have such tiny thin posts that they just don’t sit right with dangles.

So I did this instead.
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I had these old clusters in the jewellery box from years ago. I usually wear them the other way up. But I had the drops set so I could wear them this way.

The drops come off and I can still wear the clusters alone. I think that came out really pretty!

So pretty!
 

Catmom

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So I had the drops made for the studs and…. Decided I didn’t like them! The studs have such tiny thin posts that they just don’t sit right with dangles.

So I did this instead.
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I had these old clusters in the jewellery box from years ago. I usually wear them the other way up. But I had the drops set so I could wear them this way.

The drops come off and I can still wear the clusters alone. I think that came out really pretty

Gorgeous and I love that you can still wear the clusters alone.
 

jaysonsmom

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Beautiful! What a great idea! I have a pair of similar clusters given to me from my mom which I never wear because they are a bit "old school" for me. I think adding drops really do give your earrings a modern update which I love!
 

Mrs_Strizzle

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@Ionysis can you share pics of the separate? I would like to see how they actually connect. And congrats on figuring out a solution you are happy with!
 

Cinders

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Great solution! They are very pretty & it's always nice to find new ways to use things we already own.
 
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