After many days of refining design details, soldering, polishing and setting crystal gemstones, the complex brooch finally come to fruition. The emerald and diamond star brooch that was seen in movies like “Ada” and “Valley of the Dolls” was finally finished.

In the following series of pictures we will share the finishing processes needed to complete the Re-Creative Jewelry brooch for our client, Larry McQueen.

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Top level of the brooch cast in yellow bronze
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Soldering the top and second level together

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All three levels were soldered to gather next phase is to have it plated to look like platinum

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Right out of the box from the plating company, our next step was to add the cyrstal gemstones
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Each stone needed to be cleaned in alcohol and glued into place
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The center emerald was hand set, then we added the crystals starting with the lower level 4mm “gemstones”
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The back of the brooch was finished with a soft diamond texture brush
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The final product was stunning.
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Wonderful packaging
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Dazzling!

Susan Hayward’s dazzling brooch can be seen now at the Hollywood Costume Exhibition in LA. October 2 to March 2, 2015.

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