In Part 1 of this series, we spoke about the provenance of the Celebration Pendant. Here, we are going to look at how it is made, and what makes it so special.
Solid 18ct gold or platinum
The Celebration Pendant is made from solid 18ct gold or platinum, meaning it is lovely and heavy.
Susie was advised by various people to make it hollow, or to use 9ct gold, to save on costs, but her vision was for a piece which was a cut above the rest, so she held firm, and insisted on doing things properly. She worked to find a highly skilled team of craftsmen who could make the pendant to the standard she wanted. The first thing people comment on when they hold a Celebration Pendant, is its weight.
A true “future heirloom”
As a modern mum who is also a fan of antique jewellery, Susie wanted to create something stylish and wearable, which could also be handed down, becoming part of your family history, and gaining a new layer of story and meaning each time it is passed along. Her vision is that the pendants will be treasured and collectible pieces 100 years from now. The fact that it is made from 18ct gold or platinum gives the Celebration Pendant a beautiful lustre, and ensures that it will hold its value.
It’s curvy …
The Celebration Pendant is not a flat disc, but has a beautiful curved side profile (fun fact: the shape is actually based on Smarties!), and it is thick: it measures 6 mm at its deepest. This makes it really tactile: people report spending a lot of the day stroking and playing with theirs!
… and has an attractive rear view
It was designed so as not to have any unattractive angles: as you’ve probably noticed, a lot of jewellery isn’t pretty on the back/ underside. The Celebration Pendant doesn’t have a back or underside – both sides are the same, and both can be personalised.
Even the hallmark is positioned along the bottom edge, where it interferes the least with the design, and it is the tiniest size possible.
The Celebration Pendant is designed so that it swivels, which adds to the luxury – have you noticed how mass produced jewellery is usually made from one rigid piece of metal? Usually, jewellery has to be hand made in order to have movement, and this makes a surprisingly large difference in how well a piece hangs, and handles.
It also means both sides will be visible at different points during the day, as the person wearing it moves. So you don’t need to decide which side to wear today – you can always be confident that both sides will be on show equally.
Top notch quality
The quality is amazing: each Celebration Pendant is hand-made by a top London workshop, and has been described as “Cartier quality”. An interesting fact is that each piece can be worked on by up to eight different craftsmen and women who each specialise in their own area, whether engraving, stone-setting, or even polishing.
Because the celebration Pendant is hand made, the options for personalisation go beyond the standard initials, names or dates: we can engrave intricate images, do facsimile engraving (where we copy your artwork exactly on to the piece – this is frequently done with handwriting), fingerprints, seal engraving, and most other things that a customer could think of!
Perhaps most importantly, the Celebration Pendant is really wearable – as a new mum, rings and bracelets were not practical when constantly changing nappies, and earrings are prime targets for tiny hands to grab (ouch!), whereas a pendant sits well, goes with everything, and even if little ones make a beeline for it, it won’t be damaged if they grab it as it, and its chain, are strong. It can even be tucked under a top if it proves too distracting.
It is a perfect layering piece which will take you effortlessly from school run to work to a dinner date.
In the next in this series we will give you more ideas about the types of occasions the Celebration Pendant is ideal for (spoiler alert: there aren’t many occasions it isn’t perfect for!).
Until then, remember to make the most of life and #LoveEveryDay
Love, Mildred xx