If you follow my Instagram accounts — business and/or personal — you’ve already gotten a sneak peek at June’s Jewel of the Month. For the rest of you, behold my “Carpe Diem” medallion set with a skull-shaped black diamond!
I wasn’t sure I was going to engrave the pendant until I saw how much space I had to work with on a wax model.
After I did two wax models, I knew what I wanted to say.
Interestingly enough, the timing for the completed necklace couldn’t have been more perfect. As I was putting the finishing touches on my pendant, National Jeweler published a story about medallions. Ashley Davis wrote:
“Medallions have been worn since antiquity but have gained a new resonance over the past few years among fine jewelry designers, who are updating classic symbols and making them their own.
The reasons for making and wearing such talisman haven’t changed. Designers are donning their own medallions to invoke protection, guidance, luck, or as reminders of where they’re going or what they’ve overcome.”
There are some details on the finished piece that can’t be seen in the photos here — two tiny white diamonds are set deep into the skull’s eyes, and there’s an even tinier ruby in the center of its mouth. I’ll be sending the necklace to photographer Ed Parrinello of SquareMoose Photography for official pictures on Monday, so he can take on the challenge of making those stones visible. When Ed’s photos are ready, I’ll put the piece on my website. Until then, if you have any questions about it, you can email me at info at wendybrandes dot com. And stay tuned for matching earrings later this year!