Here’s a jewelry design for Throwback Thursday that’s also ruby-red for Valentine’s Day: my Lady Jane necklace.
The true story of Lady Jane Grey — the “Nine Day Queen” of Tudor times — inspired me to create this teardrop-shaped pendant in 2008. It was made from two pieces of custom-cut rock crystal, loose rubies, and 18K yellow gold. I planned to make three pendants — meaning I had six pieces of rock crystal — but one piece of rock crystal broke during the setting process, so I only made two pendants. I totally forgot that the second one was different than the first one! The rock crystal in that one was sealed by blackened sterling silver with 18K gold accents. Very complicated!
These were sold years ago, so you can look but you can’t buy. Sorry! If you want rubies, I’ve got those beautiful studs from day five of my Valentine’s Day/anti-Valentine’s Day countdown. A big thank you to Hannah Connorton for including those in her own Valentine’s Day selection for National Jeweler!