This project was a custom design from one of the designer jewelry galleries that I work with. Their client had an extraordinarily beautiful practically flawless pearl that had been a gift from the husband to his wife, and she didn't want to drill a hole in it to make it into a pendant, so I offered that we could design a "cage" setting that would allow the pearl to be secured safely but also allow the pearl to be removed without destroying the pendant or damaging the pearl.
The bottom of the setting is hinged, and one section that faces the back of the pendant swings away to allow the pearl clearance to be inserted or removed. When the pearl is in place and the back section is closed, the center section of the bale fits between the two corresponding sides. There is a rotating collar of 22K gold that has a slot in it to allow the center section to pass through, and when the top is aligned the collar rotates and keeps the setting closed. When the chain is passed through the top of the bale it serves as a safety device, preventing the center section from opening up.
The design was of my own imagination, and the fine jadeite cabs at the top and bottom of the pendant were inspired by the wife's name. The piece was built in palladium and 22K yellow gold. The price does not include the cost of the pearl.
This design is not for sale, as it was a commission from my client. All items that are designed in collaboration with my clients are considered "work for hire" and the copyright for the design are the property of the client. Contracts stipulating ownership of copyright are signed before work commences, so as to avoid any confusion later.