Black and gold citrine bead necklace

From sketch to reality: Black and gold citrine section necklace with rutile links.

One of the most satisfying parts of being a designer-maker, is seeing your ideas turn into a tangible item. So, I have decided to share some of the designs I have sketched alongside the final item that I fabricated by hand. Here is the first…

Above is the sketch of a one-of-a-kind citrine necklace that I made a little while back, alongside some pictures of the final piece.

I wanted to create a long necklace that featured one of my signature clasps, mixed with sections of my signature ‘rutile’ link chain.

The faceted citrine beads were absolutely beautiful and I wanted their colour to really pop. As a result, I decided that oxidising the sterling silver was the way to go to create the contrast I wanted.

The size of the beads had to be balanced with the thickness of the chain, so I decided on a triple strand structure. Also, I felt that an odd number of sections (in this case 5 citrine bead sections and 5 oxidised silver sections) would balance the design further.

All of the handmade chain and the clasp were made of sterling silver that was oxidised achieving contrast and the pop of colour that I had aimed for. The ‘T’ bar on the clasp was 9ct yellow gold, a little touch to bring the golden citrine colour in with the oxidised silver to complete the design.