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About Gemstone & Pearl Strands by Arpaia Fine JewelryWhy our Strung Jewerly is So Special
  GEMSTONE & PEARL STRANDS
BY ARPAIA FINE JEWELRY
 
  
Graceful Elegance 
  "Surrender" Fancy Gray Diamond Necklace
"Surrender" Fancy Gray Diamond Necklace - click on picture for more information.
 
 
  Delicate Beauty 
  champagne drapery
 "Champagne Drapery" Fancy Champagne Diamond Necklace - click on picture for more information.
 
 
Luxurious Look 
sweet summer blush 
  "Sweet Summer Blush" Freshwater Pearl and 22 kt Gold Necklace - Empress Couture by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
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Supple Drape 
pink dream 
"Pink Dream" from Empress Couture by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
Freshwater & Seed Pearls, white & pink Topaz, 22 kt Gold 
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Stringing Essentials
   
 
Among our steady clients, we have several converts who, except for traditional pearl strands and fun pieces, did not wear much "beaded" jewelry before discovering Arpaia Fine Jewelry.  They did not associate gemstone "beads" with fine jewelry.  Regarding gem quality stones, the main difference between a gemstone bead and a set gemstone is that the bead is drilled (center drilled, top drilled, side drilled, etc.).  As gemstone beads become more popular, we are seeing more and more sensational gem quality smooth and faceted cuts and shapes available.  A gemstone bead can have just as good cut, color and clarity as a set gemstone.  Gemstone beads, especially precious stones, can be very expensive due to the carat loss (material waste) involved to achieve the desired cut, typical 360 degree faceting, and to produce the drill hole.  So gemstone strands can be very enticing and extremely high end.
 
Our luxury pearl and gemstone strands are refined and glamorous, feel light as air on and are comfortably soft to wear.  Clients often ask what makes our strands so sumptuous in look and feel.  As always, we are thrilled to share and thought our website visitors might also find this topic interesting.  At the top of this page, we identified several features of Arpaia Fine Jewelry strung jewelry:  graceful elegance, delicate beauty, luxurious look and supple drape.  Selecting lovely gems and fabricating components for each design is a great start and this process can take months even when keeping things simple, but design and materials are just the start.  For truly lovely pieces you need attention to detail at every stage in the follow through.  Below are some of the post-design steps we undertake to accomplish these tasks:
 
      Sparkling Clean Components.  Starting with really clean dry components is an absolute must.  After the design work is done and all gems selected, and adornments, clasp and findings fabricated, we thoroughly clean everything separately by safe gentle methods.  To avoid watermarks and keep gems and metals clean, we dry all components completely (usually with cool air), and as necessary, polish dry with a soft clean microfiber cloth. 
 
     The Right Stringing Material.  We typically use silk thread or stainless steel cable wire specifically made for jewelry making.  We keep lots of options on hand to enable us to pick the stringing material most suited for the project.  Some selections are limited or even dictated by the color of the gemstones, the weight of metal adornments, or the size of gemstone/pearl drill holes (for example, diamond beads have very small drill holes and require thinner stringing materials than many other stones and pearls).  The right stringing material fulfills function (sufficient strength and proper drape) as well as design - we prefer a wire that either disappears or enhances the look of the gemstones or open metalwork such as filigree beads.
 
      Exacting Calibration.  We love hand faceted and hand smooth-polished gemstone beads; their beauty is exceptionally compelling.  With artisan craftsmanship, even extremely well matched gemstones tend to be irregular in size and shape.  Spacial relationships are important in jewelry.  To make a visually stunning strand with wow factor it is necessary to achieve balance and harmony by proper placement of the gemstones along the strand.   Whether graduated in size or similar size, hand fashioned gemstones need to be conscientiously placed in their best possible position.  Though we use precise measurement methods to assist us, when working with irregularly shaped and sized gemstones we also must incorporate visual cues to yield the best results.  The calibration process takes time and several tries; we do not stop until the overall drape and look are most appealing and the piece possesses a real easy sensuality.  When working with 15 or 16" of very small gemstones, it typically takes about 16 hours just to place the gemstones along the strand.  Then, once the gemstones and any other adornments are in the right place, we restring the entire piece on brand new stringing wire (calibration compromises the integrity of stringing materials, so once the piece is just right, only then do we create the permanent strand with brand new stringing materials and findings).
 
     Structural Engineering.  Gemstones come alive when worn.  There is something so sexy and gorgeous about gemstones against the skin.  Soft flexible drape fosters proximity of strung jewelry with body curvature even during movement.  Great drape doesn't just happen - it's created, and usually structural engineering is required to make it happen.  Conversely, there may be times when a necklace needs strength and form to maintain good shape.  Whether a soft drape or strong form is needed, structural engineering can assist.  Lang hand fabricates high karat gold grommets and other tiny findings that are used as purely functional parts in the internal makings of the design, hidden in the structural form so that they do not show and interrupt the flow and beauty of the outside design.  
 
      Fine Finishing.  In addition to how a piece drapes and looks, the finishing can be strong evidence of overall quality and workmanship.  Unless purposely a part of the design, rough hewn finishing can result from inexperience or lesser craftsmanship (e.g., quick nonchalant assembly of components into a completed piece of jewelry).  Expert craftsmanship will include very fine finishing details.  At Arpaia Lang, we spend an inordinate amount of time finishing our pearl and gemstone strand pieces.  The strand must be as perfectly attached to the clasp as we can possibly achieve.  Time is not a factor in finishing.  We take hours to finish a piece, not minutes.  The end result must look great - the finishing must be refined, smooth, neat, and strong.  In addition, great finishing encompasses proper tension of the strand which is essential to creating the ultimate drape we desire.  Outer craftsmanship evidences inner craftsmanship.  Refined details show expert craftsmanship and hint that as much attention was paid to the internal workmanship of the piece as to its outer beauty.  Like most great achievements, enticing strung jewelry is all in the details.
 
 
 
 
Illustrative Images
 
 
 
SELECTION OF STRINGING MATERIAL,
CALIBRATION AND DESIGN TENSION (DRAPE)
 
 
 
 
 RAZZLE DAZZLE WITH SILVER CLASP  
Razzle Dazzle with 18 kt White Gold Diamond Clasp - Click on Picture for more information.
   
 
 tanzanite drape
closeup tanzanite drape 
Tanzanite Necklace with 22 kt Gold from Empress Couture by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
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champagne drapery 
  champagne drapery
champagne drapery
champagne drapery
Champagne Drapery - Click on Picture for more information. 
 
ruby float
"Ruby Float" Necklace from Empress Couture by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
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OPAL NECKLACE
CLOSEUP OPAL NECKLACE
"Opalescence" Necklace from Empress Couture by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
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  INTERNAL ENGINEERING
 
 
 
 
serenata
"Serenata" Necklace from Empress Couture by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
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FINE FINISHING
 
 
 
 
Serenata
"Pink Dream" Necklace from Empress Couture by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
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  clasp on tanzanite drape
"Tanzanite Drape" - Empress Couture by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
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champagne drapery
  "Champagne Drapery" - Click on Picture for more information. 
 
Black Ice Clasp
  "Black Ice" with 18 kt White Gold Clasp with White Diamonds  - Click on Picture for more information. 
 
Brown Diamond Clasp by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
"Rhapsody" with 18 kt Yellow Gold Clasp with Natural Fancy Brown Diamonds - Click on Picture for more information.  
 
gold filigree diamond clasp
"Razzle Dazzle" with 18 kt Gold Diamond Clasp - Click on Picture for more information. 
 
White Gold Diamond Clasp
  "Razzle Dazzle" with 18 kt White Gold Diamond Clasp - Click on Picture for more information. 
 
opal clasp
"Opalescence" Necklace from Empress Couture by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
For more formation on this necklace and to view more Empress Couture, click on above picture to visit Arpaia Fine Jewelry.  
     
  ruby float clasp
"Ruby Float" Necklace from Empress Couture by Arpaia Fine Jewelry
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For More Strand Jewelry

   
  birch pearl and crystal necklace
Golden Birch Pearl and Swarovski Crystal
 
 
For interest, a small selection below.
 
 
From the Pearl and Crystal Collection
by Arpaia Fine Jewelry:
 
 
 
  pink coin pearl necklace     white baby coin pearl and crystal necklace  apricot baby coin pearl necklace
Pink Coin Pearls                                    Apricot Baby Coin Pearls                                     Apricot Baby Coin Pearls
 
 
vermeil crystal necklace  crystal and vermeil strand necklace
                    Swarovski Crystal and 24 kt Vermeil
 
lilac pearl necklace   double strand lilac pearl necklace
lavender-pink pearls with sterling silver                              lavender-pink pearls with 22 kt gold clasp
 
 
 
From the Caribbean Collection
by Arpaia Fine Jewelry:
 
 
  coral necklace  sea necklace
Pink Coral                                                                                      Swarovski Crystal
 
 
  
teal pearl necklace    teal nugget pearl necklace
Teal Pearl                                                                                           Swarovskl Crystal
 
 
 
 
From the Fine Silver Cruise Collection
by Arpaia Fine Jewelry:
 
 
crystal necklace crystal and vermeil necklace
Swarovski Crystal and 24 kt Vermeil
 
golden pearl and shells necklace  lapis drapery
  Golden Pearls with 24 kt Vermeil Shells and Flowers                                                                             Lapis Lazuli with Fine Silver
 
white coin pearl necklace   amethyst necklace  green amethyst necklace
White Coin Pearl with Fine Silver                              Amethyst with Fine Silver                      Green Amethyst and 24 kt Vermeil
 
 
 
 
    jade necklace   pink topaz necklace  champagne topaz necklace
                     Jade with 24 kt Vermeil                             Pink Topaz with Fine Silver              Champagne Topaz with 24 kt Vermeil
 
 apatite necklace 
Apatite
 
pink topaz necklace with fine silver flower pendant
Pink Topaz with Fine Silver Flower Pendant
 
 
  To See Above Selection and More