Lulu was conceived while watching Antiques Roadshow on TV. A lady brought in an Art Deco necklace made from multiple strands of pearls and rubies – a really grand piece. I immediately rushed out and got my sketchbook and drew it (as best as I can draw).
I thought about it for a while and decided what would and would not work on a modern interpretation of this antique design. Lulu is the most well-planned piece I have ever designed – I noted down measurements for the strands, for the tassel components, how the toggle clasp would work and so forth.
And voila! Here is Lulu – an extravaganza of pearls, diamonds and pink sapphires. Those real diamond beads and toggle clasp really dazzle, but unfortunately the dull conditions when I photographed it do not show its full sparkle. The sapphires are a juicy musky pink colour. The necklace is composed from approximately 110 inches or 9 feet of hand-wired freshwater pearl chain.
I have a few thoughts going through my head on whether I keep it as-is, or embelish it further. Do I put some more charms onto the toggle, to complement the tassel? Do I add little rubies or sapphires to the end of each strand of the tassel? It is simply elegant as it is, but I always wonder if I can make it better?
Oncve I’ve priced it up and stopped ruminating on changes, I will list it on Etsy.