Well, here's a bit of indulgence...
I've been mucking about fabricating onto pearls lately, and decided to turn this 15 mm South Seas Pearl into an orb, made practical as a pendant.
I began making it on Australia Day, and originally had the motif of the Southern Cross in mind, but I think I got swamped by sheer opulence... [perhaps I was subconsciously won over by the Consummate Charm of Prince William on his Vice-Regal Tour of Pre-Emption immediately prior to 'Strayer Day'...]
And also, that Muse of 'squaring the circle', in some abstracted form or another, which has always underpinned my work, called too strongly for me to resist... The Orb has always been some form of circle squared: the resolution of the difference between heaven and earth.
Fabricated in 18k yellow, white and rose golds, I set 2-point rubies in the rose shot. I did think about setting both rubies and sapphires, but decided to forgo the 'red, white and blue' that the rubies, sapphires and pearl would have presented. Besides, the rubies pick up the pink lustre of the pearl better.
For twenty years I've set pearls without drilling them, bezel-setting them as I normally would with other gems. To my mind, this leaves the integrity of the pearl intact [Tony Abbot would be pleased...]