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How to custom make the pendant

by fanssteel

custom pendant is a one-of-a-kind piece that let you express your personality. A signature necklace helps show off your uniqueness and ensures that no one you know has a similar piece in his or her jewelry box. A custom pendant also makes a wonderful personalized gift for someone you love. Before you start looking for a custom pendant , keep a few things in mind, including price, the size of the piece, the desired materials, and style.

Budget

custom pendant range quite a bit in price. They can start at as little as $1 and cost over $3,000. Materials often dictate the cost of a pendant. Metals such as gold and platinum cost more than silver and copper, for example, and gems such as diamonds and rubies cost more than opal or topaz stones. Purity also plays a role in price. High carat gold costs more than lower carats, and clear gems are pricier than those with imperfections. Size can also affect price, as larger pendants use more materials than smaller ones. Finally, intricate pieces take more time to craft than simple ones, so those are usually more expensive. Before you buy, work out a budget to help you find ideas that fit within your price range.

 

Size

Pendants generally hang from chains, so that limits their size to a certain extent. Still, size can range from very small and delicate to larger than a key ring. If you want to buy a pendant that comes with a chain, you should also consider the chain's length. Chain measurements are described in inches, so measure around the neck or an existing chain to find the right size for yours, depending on how low you would like the pendant to hang. Many people opt for their pendants to rest at collarbone level or just above the breast.

Materials

Most custom pendants use metals as their main materials. However, many incorporate other materials such as stones, shells, and wood into their design.

METALS

Metal is a common material for pendants. It is sturdy, attractive, and durable. High quality metals such as gold, platinum, and sterling silver are common in finer pieces. Copper, bronze, and gold or silver plated metals are also popular choices.

STONES

Many pendants have stone settings. High-end options include gemstones such as rubies, sapphires, diamonds, and emeralds. Other quality stones include opals, topaz, and aquamarines. Some pieces include stones such as quartz, turquoise, jade, or other polished rocks.

OTHER MATERIALS

Makers sometimes incorporate other materials into their pendant designs. Options include:

·         Shells

·         Wood

·         Bone

·         Glass

·         Plastic

Style

Historic style periods are common ways to describe jewelry. Although most custom pendants are new creations, historic design periods can serve as helpful guidelines for describing style.

ANTIQUE STYLES

Antique styles include the Victorian and Romantic periods. Pieces in these styles tend to be elaborate, intricate, and dramatic.

VINTAGE STYLES

The vintage styles of the turn of the century include Art Nouveau and Belle Epoch designs. These pieces are often simultaneously intricate and elegant and draw inspiration from nature. Vintage styles of the 1920s and 1930s are usually termed "Art Deco." Art Deco-inspired pieces favor bold designs, geometric patterns, and vertical lines.

RETRO STYLES

In the jewelry world, "retro" usually refers to jewelry from the 1940s and 1950s. These pieces have an "old Hollywood" flair to them, with bright colors and sparkly settings. Many people also use "retro" to describe 1960s and 1970s-inspired designs. These pieces tend to be chunky, geometric, and colorful.

MODERN STYLES

"Modern" or "contemporary" designs usually do not incorporate any recognizable design element from the past. These pendants are often sleek and sophisticated. Some designs borrow from several periods at once.






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