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Morganite Necklace Sketch. This preliminary sketch of a morganite necklace represents a step in its design process. The rough, handdrawn sketch of the original idea is scanned into a computer program and later enhanced by inserting a scanned image of the intended morganite stone and colorizing the future location of the pink sapphires.

Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira

Morganite Necklace. This platinum necklace has a 68.80-carat morganite center stone, 1.91 carats of pavé diamonds, 2.88 carats of pear shaped diamonds and 11.01 carats of pink, pearshaped sapphires.

Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira Photo credit: Thomas R. DuBrock

Garnet Necklace Sketch. This preliminary sketch of a garnet necklace represents an intermediate step in its design process.

Scanning the rough, hand-drawn sketch of the original idea into a computer program allows the designer to adjust the plan for the piece on a finer scale in digital form.

Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira

Garnet Necklace. This 22-karat yellow gold necklace has a 99-carat, deep red garnet center stone, 3.015 carats of pavé diamonds and 50.65 carats of garnets. The garnets vary in shade from deep red to bright orange, drawing the eye upwards from the large center stone.

Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira Photo credit: Thomas R. DuBrock

Garnet Ring Rough Sketch. The first step of the design process is to envision the best possible way to showcase the unique qualities of the gemstone in the finished piece. This rough sketch shows the first stages of the design of a garnet ring. Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira

Garnet Ring. This ring of 18-karat, yellow gold has 39.35 carats of deep orange mandarin garnets and 10.05 carats of pavé cognac diamonds. Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira Photo credit: Thomas R. DuBrock

Sapphire Brooch Sketch. This digital version of a hand-drawn preliminary sketch guides the jewelry designers as they complete the piece.

Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira

Sapphire Brooch. This platinum brooch has a 168-carat, yellow sapphire center stone, a 0.65-carat, yellow sapphire side stone, 3.46 carats of green diamonds and 2.92 carats of pave diamonds.

Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira Photo credit: Harold and Erica Van Pelt Photographers

Amethyst Necklace Sketch. This digitally refined sketch is one of many techniques used by jewelry designers in creating the finished piece. Others include rough sketching,

refined hand sketching, mechanical drawing, 3D modeling and inserting scanned images of the stones into the drawing.

Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira

Amethyst Necklace. This platinum necklace contains 273.46 carats of amethyst and 13.21 carats of diamonds.

Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira Photo credit: Harold and Erica Van Pelt Photographers

Sapphire Ring. This platinum ring has a 62-carat center sapphire surrounded by 4.39 carats of pavé diamonds.

Mined in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Myanmar, Pakistan, India, Kenya and Afghanistan, sapphires are one of the hardest gemstones, second only to diamonds. Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira

Photo courtesy of the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Star Sapphire Ring. A star sapphire is created when microscopic slivers of rutile, another mineral, are trapped inside the sapphire during its formation. The resulting intersecting, needlelike deposits cause the appearance of a sixrayed star pattern when viewed under a single, overhead light source. The value of a star sapphire depends not only on the carat weight of the stone, but also on the stone’s body color, intensity and the visibility of the star. Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira Photo courtesy of the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Emerald Tiara Sketch. The design of this piece is and

extremely

complex,

translating it from idea to reality required a detailed

mechanical drawing. Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira Emerald Tiara. This platinum tiara contains a 42.4-carat center emerald, 7.56 carats of emeralds on the sides and 7.89 carats of pavé diamonds. Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira Photo credit: Thomas R. DuBrock

Aquamarine Necklace Sketch.

Set in 18-

karat white palladium, this necklace contains 223.49 carats of aquamarine, 6.20 carats of blue sapphire and 4.63 carats of diamonds. This preliminary sketch was colorized to give the viewer a better idea of what the finished piece will look like. Closely related to emerald, aquamarine is a transparent variety of beryl that is found in Russia, Brazil, China, India, Australia, Africa and the United States. Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira

Tahitian Pearl Mechanical Drawing. Similar to a plan used by an architect or an engineer, this type of ultra-precise

mechanical drawing is used for more complex pieces of jewelry, as it allows a closer examination of fine detail.

Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira

Tahitian Pearl Necklace. This platinum necklace contains a 15.5-millimeter

Tahitian pearl, eight side pearls of 10.5 millimeters each and 6.76 carats of diamonds. Tahitian Pearls, also called “black pearls,” come from the black-lipped oyster and are highly valued for their rarity. Designed and Created by Ernesto Moreira Photo credit: Thomas R. DuBrock


				
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