Anyone who has the courage to change careers or go back to school for further education deserves applause in my book. My sister not only changed careers and went back to school (George Washington University to be exact), but she graduated with her Doctorate in Psychology today!
To commemorate the occasion, I decided to dust off my jewelry design chops and create a special jewelry piece for her. I knew I wanted to incorporate 5 diamonds that were once part of our grandmother’s eternity ring. Taking inspiration from the initial of my sister’s first name (“M”) was a logical first step, although I also wanted to bring in her love for butterflies into the design. In the end, the concept not only suggested an “M” and a butterfly, but also a heart.
For the actual manufacturing, I turned to my talented colleague Tim Pinkert at Corner Studio Jewelers in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He created a series of computer aided designs (CAD) so that we could further iron out the details of the design.
And, here’s the final version we settled upon.
The pendant was finished in early May and I braved the Diamond District to find just the right chain. (I’m happy to report that Alex at the Royal Jewelry & Diamond Corp. took care of me very kindly.)
Here is a close-up “selfie” of the pendant.
Today was the big day – my sister’s graduation – and although I couldn’t be there, my mom presented her with the pendant and took these lovely photos.
I think we can all agree that she’s lovely…and that the pendant is the crowning touch.