I enjoyed this challenge because Sarah is a lot like myself—we are both starting out on our career paths.
I settled on designing a necklace for Sarah. She has a busy lifestyle, but I wanted her to have something that she could wear to work or while visiting museums on the weekends. In addition, I wanted something that would serve as a constant reminder of her love of jewelry—something she could look at and connect with it at any time.
While considering this project, I thought about the things Sarah was dedicating her life to—fairness and a strong belief in the power of the law. That made me think about our country’s courthouses and how many often feature columns along the front of the buildings for support. That’s a strong, powerful image that I wanted to convey in my design. The center of the pendant is constructed with metal bars that appear to be supporting the center bezel-set blue chalcedony, just as Sarah’s experiences in law school will support her as she embarks on her career. I chose a diamond shape for the pendant to highlight the geometric shape of the blue chalcedony.
I felt that the pendant border needed color so I added the mint green beryls along the edge. I also set two of the sapphires into the ends of the pendant, as I felt they created a nice color combination with the green beryls. I bezel set the remaining two sapphires and set them into the chain, creating stoppers that would keep the pendant always facing front and center. In addition, I added a toggle clasp to secure the necklace, believing that it would best fit Sarah’s busy, on-the-go lifestyle—it will be easy for Sarah to put on and go.
Allison Mack recently graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology with an AAS Jewelry Design degree and she is working on starting her own jewelry business.