Yesterday I posted a simple pencil sketch for an earring with a diamond-encrusted dangling briolette. As mentioned, I wasn’t exactly sure if my design was feasible as sketched out yesterday. After having given the concept some more thought, I’ve re-rendered the earring and fleshed it out with color. In this case, the color is mainly white gouache and various shades of grey since I think the earring would look stunning with a faceted quartz crystal briolette, diamonds and white metal:
Setting the briolette in a diamond-encrusted “sling” would still be a challenge, but one that could be solved with the use of a laser welder. I’ve also designed a briolette cap at the top of the briolette. Generally, in jewelry making, glue is a no-no. In this case, a tiny spot of glue inside the cap would help to further secure the briolette in place.
I chose to use blue Canson art paper for this rendering because I find that painting white metal on blue paper helps to bring the metal to life more realistically. I still find it easier to render gold metal rather than white metal, and from looking at the renderings of the masters, I think I’m not alone in this. I’d welcome any suggestions from those of you with experience doing this successfully!