Sliced Meritorie and Opal Necklace
This client has a passion for fine jewelry but loves obscure rarified items such as meteorite. Meteorite is a mineral that consists predominately of iron and is subject to the same acid wash etching process that is used for Damascus steel. By putting the meteorite in a series of acid baths, the acid eats away at the veins of softer metals within the mineral, revealing the gorgeous geometric pattern shown on the piece.
The next obstacle in this piece is the setting of the pave diamonds. Since iron is such a dense metal, the tools we traditionally use on various softer precious metals kept braking when drilling the iron.
In the end the necklace came out beautifully, and as Susan always says, fabulous results are not an accident; they begin with intention!