PART FIVE: CENTER PIECE DEVELOPMENT
The half shell of the oyster surrendering the pearl, that is the concept behind the center piece.
Next was the challenge of refining the half shell, and making the transition work both visually and mechanically from the center half shell shape to the side links. Numerous versions were tried and discarded before finally finding what worked.
Next to do, was the addition of the yellow gold rim, joining the front to the back. This both gave it a finished look, and tied the yellow and white metals of the side links into the yellow and white metals of the center piece.
With a few more refinements, I was ready to render the necklace and send it in to the competition.