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From Concept to Reality: Pierced Flower Hoop Earrings

Flower Gypsy Hoops by Joana Miranda

Pierced Flower Gypsy Hoops by Joana Miranda

I recently designed and hand-fabricated the earrings above in Argentium Sterling Silver with bezel-set Moissanites for a client to present to his girlfriend on her birthday.  Since my client wasn’t sure initially what direction he thought I should go, I asked him to photograph some of his girlfriend’s jewelry for me on the sly.  He complied, and from his pictures I deduced that she was a big fan of hoops.  I quick-sketched several ideas for him:

Pencil Quick Sketch for Flower Hoop Earrings by Joana Miranda

Pencil Quick Sketch for Flower Hoop Earrings by Joana Miranda

Once we’d settled on the flower pattern in crescent-shaped hoops, I produced a CAD of the earrings so that I could mirror the pattern more easily:

CAD rendering for Flower Hoop Earrings by Joana Miranda

CAD for Pierced Flower Hoop Earrings by Joana Miranda

This allowed me to create a printout of the pattern and transfer it to the Argentium sheet, and from there, pierce out each pattern.   Next, I soldered on a backing, filed and shaped the metal, then hand-fabricated bezels for the Moissanites and soldered those in place.  Attaching the ear wire and catch was a bit tricky; when I had those components in place, I knew I was home free.  I bezel-set the six Moissanites, polished the earrings and gave them their final patina.

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