“I was on my honeymoon and dreamed about a diamond inside a pearl.”
At Pyramid Studios we are often involved in helping shape someone’s dream. Over the past decades we’ve sat with customers and designed a remarkable number of beautiful engagement & and wedding rings, Christmas, and Birthday presents. Many of these creations have been collected by three and four generations of families in Maine and our customer/friends around the planet. It gives us a great source of pride to know our works are gracing the ears, necks, and fingers of so many remarkable people.
But we’ve never been asked to build an actual sleeping type dream. Which is how this piece came about…. first, a bit of history and biology–
Bill had awoken on his honeymoon having dreamed of a gift for his wife, Laura. Both have been friends of Pyramid Studios for years. We had designed their wedding and engagement rings. They were also fans and collectors of the dusky, high luster Cook Island Pearls. So, before his dream, Bill knew the biology of pearls and the hole formed by the nuclei.
To culture a pearl- a bead of mother of pearl nuclei is inserted into the saltwater oyster between the mantle and the oyster’s inner shell. The mantle doesn’t like this and, after trying to reject the bead, it begins to cover up the problem by covering the bead with thin layers of nacre. Thousands of these thin nacre layers harden over the two to six year growth and make-up the pearl. But inside those hardened layers is the nuclei bead. We have some pearls we can shake and faintly hear the bead rattling about.
His dream was to put a family heirloom diamond, about 2/3 of a carat into the hole formed by the nuclei. A diamond hidden inside something equally beautiful. David, Pyramid’s co owner and chief designer found this impossibly romantic and welcomed the challenge. After the husband selected the Cook Island pearl David put together a fine diamond wheel on a diamond table saw for the project. He had cut the fine white, smaller, Akoya pearls before but was surprised by the strength and thickness of the nacre formed by the black lipped oyster to create the pearl.
David then created a Sterling Silver hinged door for the pearl locket with a pendant loop. The clasp is a simple prong and hook with nods to a treasure chest. The diamond, originally in a ring, was given a new three prong gold setting to fit it’s new, dark home.
At Pyramid Studios we feel all custom designed jewelry has a story. That this one began as a romantic dream and then took substance, shape, form, and beauty makes it unforgettable.
We are Pyramid Studios at 10 State Street in Downtown Ellsworth, Maine. And, when it comes to custom jewelry, we rock!
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