How fortunate we are to be located so closely to GIA, better known as Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California, is a nonprofit gem research institute dedicated to protecting the public by providing education and objective, unbiased gem evaluations.
The staff was very helpful in our research. For more information about GIA check their site: http://www.gia.edu
Here are few items we found during our research at GIA and on the internet. These historical resources were used to support our design concept. We complied them into a creative story board, an essential tool in the design process.
Our next step was to carve the waxes needed to create this pendant. It took 26 waxes to make this pendant.