Friday, May 28, 2010
Each cabochon is unique and I try very hard to carefully create a design specifically for each stone. I think every cabochon has a voice that needs to be heard. Sometimes the voice is loud and strong. Other times, it whispers, almost unheard. Some cabs don't speak for a while, but eventually, perhaps when they warm up to you or when the moment is right, they let you know what they want.
One trick I use to coax out a design from a cab is sketching around a photocopy of the stone. This works especially well with unique stones. Seeing the natural patterns of the stone really gives you a better idea of how the overall design of the setting should flow.
And if you're making a custom design for someone, it allows the buyer to better visualize how their piece of jewelry will eventually look.
So which design do you think Hope chose?
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