I'm writing a simultaneous post about grunge, but wanted to get this up first. Last year, I had a really wonderful working relationship with an Australian jeweler I met on etsy. She has since departed the Internet (as far as I know), but I wanted to share one of our more interesting collaborations.
I found these vintage charms online:
And since we needed a birthday gift for my music-loving, art-majoring cousin, I thought: Eureka! I asked Em to work something out that was very rocker chic/ chick and then we'd go from there, which was our usual process.
This was the first design:
I am still iffy on this. It's certainly not my taste, but I had to remember that this wasn't for my birthday. My qualms centered around my cousin's petite frame; I was afraid this would not only overwhelm her, but draw attention to her large bosom. (Which, with the help of myriad low-cut shirts, she does well enough on her own.)
So Em came up with this:
Which was the final design. Again, not necessarily my aesthetic, but I liked it enough. My cousin loved it. Any opinions out there?
If you've never worked with a jeweler on a commissioned piece, I would highly recommend it. You are allowed to become part of the creative process, even if you can't set a stone.