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“Emerald Lady ---- Help!!!”


Description from Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick: I have been asked to make a very long necklace for one of my husband's clients. I just had to add Medusa because on Wednesday morning she wanted pink opal, matte black...
8 am Thursday it was changed to "something to go with" her emerald ring so she could have a coordinated look. By very long, she means wrapped around her neck so there's two strands, down to her stomach. I was thinking wrapped links and chain. Oh yeah - she'd love white gold - apparently silver doesn't carry enough status. Wonder if argentium would be ok.
Any thoughts on the whole thing????


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  1. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Hmm, maybe use matte black seed beads as the bulk of the necklace and add pink opal nuggets surrounded by little emerald beads on either side? Or vice versa? Or, you could tell her to look through your bead box and pick out her own darn design and you just string it! LOL Good luck! :D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I like the way you think Ivy!
    That’s how I felt Thursday morning. I had a lovely design all planned in my mind with faceted pink opal.
    Now she doesn’t want pink opal or matte black. but a totally different color scheme to go with the emerald ring. That’s why I’m considering malachite. She says money is no object – that’s nice for a change.

  3. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Then make the entire thing out of the highest-quality faceted emerald you can find and put the Medusa pendant on the end. Ha ha!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    big help, Ivy! LOL
    I don’t think her budget’s that big.

  5. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    LOL :)

  6. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Hope she has alot of money..did you discuss price..maybe before you start then she might change her mind and come back down to earth!!!!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    You have a good point, Stormy Chick – I’m thinking a price point around $200 – which totally freaks me out. I’m going to chat more with her before investing in any beads or wire because I can’t just lay out that kind of money on spec at the moment.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    May I suggest a down payment from her?
    I’ve had special orders from folks, made them and then have the customer change their mind.
    With the kind of $ you have involved, sounds like a chat with her would be wise!

  9. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    Absolutely make price clear ahead of time, or if that is awkward since she a clint of your husbands, only use or buy things that you would want to use anyway. Tell her how pleased you are she asked and you would like to make just what she wants so you would like her to sit down with you and look at some design ideas and the items you might use. Give her suggestions for alternates./…I can make this with good quality silver plate instead of sterling, etc. Be in charge, you are the designer but she is the customer and you want to please her. I don’t know her circumstance but even $200.00 in not a lot to pay for a nice custom piece. Tell her if you know her price range you can show her what options she has. I do several pieces a year for people in just this fashion. Good luck, I know it will be beautiful.

  10. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    PS you have lot’s of lovely designs posted so show her pictures and see if there is something she particularly likes that you can build on

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thank you Mary and Harmony for your input. I’m definitely going to sit with her and look at options for stones and metals. Harmony – you are so sweet with your compliments. I had thought to show her some of my designs too.

  12. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    If she wants components you don’t have in stock, definitely get a downpayment from her before you order. Don’t feel squeemish about doing this – it is the professional thing to do, so just treat it as the way things are done. (most of my custom order clients offer on their own to pay in advance)

    Having a monetary stake in the design will help settle indecisive customers, too.

  13. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    oh yeah – love the pick,too!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Here’s some pictures of long necklaces I’ve made.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    good advice, MERchick!
    Thanks for the photos, Nicole – That’s what I have in mind with less chain, more gems.
    I’ve just sent Katie some of my photos and asked to meet to discuss stones, metal, $, etc.
    I appreciate everyone’s input!

  16. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    I would not hesitate to ask for a deposit to cover the cost of materials. I sometimes ask to see what type of dress, clothing preferences/situation the piece is intended for. You don’t want to make something too casual/formal. wire-wrapping is time consuming. Don’t be afraid to say no to making the piece if the client is unsure. You will save both of you time, money and dissapointment.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Oh my lord -she’s changed her mind again.
    Sheltie Mom – I just told my daughter that I’m ready to tell her I can’t do it. She’s started searching websites. I’m definitely going to have to have a heart to heart tomorrow.

  18. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    YIKES!!! I just came on and read all the comments and was going to add my own — now I am at a loss as to what to say, Jeanne!!! I do think, as the designer, that you have to have that heart-to-heart with Katie about this. She can’t keep changing her mind, especially once the materials have been purchased. I also agree about getting a deposit. Just tell her you need part of the money up front to purchase the materials and that the deposit is non-refundable. Good luck!!! 8O

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thanks Lynn- thhis is the woman Larry drives in Manhattan each week with her 2 little dogs. At first I think it was all about the bling and status. She loves the piece we gave her for Christmas last year and tells everyone it was from her designer on Long Island. But she’s a bit eccentric and needy. Still pushing for white gold. Finally found a supplier for that!

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Whoa! Me too, Lynn – saw the comments and had to see what’s up! The lady isn’t named Sybill is she? ;)

    My only suggestion? RUN!!!

    She really sounds like a piece of work, and if it were me, I would save myself a good bit of grief and find a graceful way out of working with her. I think it will only end in a lot of frustration on your end.

    Sorry to be so gloom & doom, but I believe sometimes you just have to go with your gut.

    Good luck! :)

  21. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Gosh at this point I think I would bow out of this one. And I thought Brides were hard to please.

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    Vampire Chickie Ravin says:

    You are soooooo much more patient the n I! I agree with what everyone else has said, especially about the addition of the medusa pendant ::snicker:: DEFINITELY get a deposit, non refundable if possible. Me…heck, I’d of used all the chain on hand and wrung her neck!!! 8O

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Funny Ravin!!! Bet they’d NEVER figure out who did that!

  24. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Jeanne, I recognized Katie’s name from your previous design for her. This piece isn’t for one of her dogs, is it? ROTFLOL They might be easier to please….. 8O

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I can’t strangle her, Ravin! She’s a guaranteed cash job for my husband every week. I will talk to her tomorrow. she’s asked about some manufacture stone on a tv shopping website, moonstone, and the latest was smoky quartz. which she thought was 4.50 per 8mm oval (irregular). silly me (no stupid me)clued her in that it was per strand.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    are you kidding Lynn – she’d probably be even more difficult for the dogs. You should have seen their matching sweaters the other day.
    (no offense to any of you who dress your dogs)

  27. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Oops, don’t let her know you could make matching collars for them! ;)

  28. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    oOooh, Late to the party! Jeanne, whatever you make will be spectaclar! I am sorry she is being such a large pain in the rear end!!!!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thanks Lorrie – just waiting to hear what’s on her mind today. ;)

  30. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    LOL! What you should do, is make something you could sell without her snooty self; and see what she thinks. I would maybe make a strand or two (tests) and say this is the options I’ve come up with. (like book mark length, just temp strung for her to view)

    Say something like You have such wonderful ideas this is what I think you are asking for. Great taste (blah, blah) I love your ideas…which of these 2 /3 is the best choice?

  31. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Kind of steer her along, and praise her while ‘nudging’ her foreward! LOL

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    oooh – I like the idea of a prototype.
    wish LB had rice shape in stock. – but I just might have to get the faceted coins and rounds. I’ll always use those. I do have faceted nuggets – hmmmmm – Lorrie – I think you’re on to something.

    ps – I am having fun picking out beads for someone else, thought – lol

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    oh and “strung like pearls” just ain’t gonna happen – I don’t do knots!
    (excuse my grammar – it goes with my mood)

  34. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    oooh, shuddering here! knotting pearls is not for me either. I have tried it, and did not like the results. It was hard work, and difficult. When i work w. pearls I often use delica seed beads as spacers to avoid scratching so I do not have to knot.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    here we go – no knots! smoky nuggets, ss rounds and bali.
    These nuggets are too large, but maybe it will give here and idea.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    “give her an idea”
    I really need to proofread before I submit.

  37. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    I hope when she sees this… she bows before your talent & declares you a mind reader. I can hear her now. ‘Oh Jeanne- Yes darling, just what I thought. I have exceptional taste. No this is not to big at all. You dont need to buy more beads, what you have is perfect!’ POSITIVE THINKING! ;)
    or at the very least hope she doesn’y hate it!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thanks Lorrie – I’m sure it can’t be that easier. That took less than 30 minutes with pictures. I’m not ready to email her just yet. maybe in another hour. lol

    Now I can get back to my aquamarine – I’m doing several birthstone pieces for March. – gotta create my own market. when they see them people will realize they need them.

  39. Cj w aka Slacker Chick
    Cj w aka Slacker Chick says:

    I thought I was having a bad week. You could ask to see a few of her favorite pieces she wears. I would also do what Lorrie says to nudge her along. Also explain that the sooner she decides the sooner you can get it to her.

  40. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    What a nightmare this piece has turned out to be. I can’t wait to find out what happens. This is better than a mystery novel. Have you perhaps thought of a lariet? They are really long and it give you multiple ways of wearing it? She sounds so hard to please. How about getting flu……., no not really honesty is the best policy. Maybe tell her that you want her to be truly happy with the piece, but with all the changes she has made you won’t work on it until she is certain of what she wants. Tell her that you would feel bad if she didn’t love the necklace. Pearl knotting is hard, seed beads look like knots and are alot less work.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thanks Sheltie Mom and Cj. I was excited when Katie asked me to design something for her, but it has become way to dramatic. Seed beads just won’t do – they’re glass – don’t forget – she wants white gold at $3.50 per 3mm bead. and the jump rings at $2 each. If this wasn’t so funny it would be painful.

  42. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Does she know how long we are talking? At least 48 inches or more for two strands wrapped arount your neck. Thats alot of 3mm beads at $3.50 a piece. Next she will want flawless emeralds and they better not be heat treated. Good luck to whatever you decide to do. Just listen to your inner-voice. If you make this piece you have got to post it for us to see.

  43. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    I just thought of something, can you get a Voo Doo doll in the image of this beast person to vent on?

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    At least 60″
    see – it really is funny!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    omg – just saw you last post -
    seriously laughing out loud!

  46. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Boy, don’t know how I missed out on this one. Reads like a soap opera/great novel. I feel guilty in saying I’m enjoying all this but it is great reading. A real nail-biter. In all honesty though, don’t let her ruin your real enjoyment. If you feel she would not be happy, just tell her that you want to wait until shows you some pics or even drawings of what she has in mind. Only problem, she changes her mind too often. Good luck and can’t wait to read the next chapter.

  47. hlt Designs
    hlt Designs says:

    I think I am going to have to say a special prayer of thanks for the commissioned pieces I’ve had so far… “Here are some beads I like together, play with them, and I’ll wear it.” Wow… I don’t envy you at all… Good luck!

  48. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:


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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I am siting here all by myself laughing hysterically!
    Theatrical Me – that’s the way my commissions have been until this one! I love the oohs and aahs. I get stopped in the school hallway they can show me what they’re wearing. I am so not used to this.
    I just sent her an email with the photos above. I’ll let y’all know what she says.

  50. CC
    CC says:

    Gem Chick, you have wayyyyyyyy more patience than a saint. You could break it to her that the longer it takes to decide the more the price of gold goes up. Over $1100.00 and climbing which would definitely increase the cost of the necklace. I agree with the rest of the girls this would be hysterical if you weren’t having to go through it! ;) I’m with Harmony…..Run….quickly to the nearest chapel and pray for safety from this Demon Woman… LOL.

  51. CC
    CC says:

    By the way your pick is very pretty! Love the blues and greens together…

  52. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Jeanne, I just came back to read the latest chapter in your continuing saga of Katie’s Commissioned Necklace. LOL This is more entertaining than the AquaKitty/Tad/Simon & Simone tales!!! :D

    Sorry, I don’t mean to belittle your pain and suffering…..

    You’ve received some great advice today — I’m especially liking what Lorrie had to offer you. Your photos/designs are great, too, Jeanne. Good luck!!! I’m shaking my pom-poms for you right now!!! ;)

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Thank you CC for your comments! I may have to do something with these colors even if Katie doesn’t want them.

    Lynn – make fun all you want! I’m finding it rather comical and having fun with it today.

    ps – Lynn – don’t go anywhere – I’m about to take picture of our necklace! Yes it’s finally finished and photo ready.

  54. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    I can’t wait to see the finished necklace, Jeanne! This is sooooo exciting!!! I have to go eat dinner, but I’ll check back soon….. :D

  55. Daisy Chick - Dawn
    Daisy Chick - Dawn says:

    Boy, this keeps getting better by the moment. Don’t just run, Hide. Are we at chapter two yet? Really I think you have alot of good ideas and I really like this choice of color you used. You are covering all your bases. I went to a Mystery Dinner tonight and I coulnn’t wait to find out what was happpening here.

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    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Lynn, you are too funny! And I love the title you gave this saga! I had to tune in again too, to see what the plan was today!

    Jeanne, your necklace is beautiful, and it gives her something concrete to decide on! Let’s hope she takes the bait!

    Lorrie, your ideas are excellent!!! You’re good at that hiney-kissing thing, just what this poor ego-centric moneybag needs!

  57. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    Sheltie Mom:
    Chapter 1: Pink Opal and Matte Black
    Chapter 2: Goes with Emerald
    Chapter 3: Smoky Quartz
    Chapter 4: The Long and Short of It
    and perhaps…
    Chapter 5: Medusa and the Voodoo Doll

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Hi ladies – nothing new to report today. No response to my last email to her.
    I’ll be sure to let you know when she does.

    Love your chapter titles MERchick!

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Oh, Gem Chick, I so feel for you and am counting my blessings that I’ve not (yet) encountered such a client.

    Do have to admit I’m enjoying the tale. I’ll be tuning in for Chapter 6 and ….

  60. Southern Chickie
    Southern Chick says:

    Bless you Jeanne! Working with people is just so much fun, isn’t it? I don’t have anything to offer, except to say, don’t let her “run you ragged”!

  61. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    I agree with Ivy. For cryin out loud if she keeps changing her mind, how are you ever gonna get it finished??
    Can’t wait to see the masterpiece!! Best wishes and may God be with you! LOL

  62. grama rose aka stormy
    grama rose aka stormy says:

    Sometimes it isn’t worth all the hassle..Tell her to get a grip your in charge!!! LOL easy said than done huh all we want to do is please :) :)

  63. Harmony on Strings
    Harmony on Strings says:

    Can you tell her you have other commitments you need to work on and suggest that you put this on hold for a couple of weeks while she thinks about what she wants? Maybe you would at least find out how sincere she is.

  64. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Perhaps you don’t want to please her too much. She may love it so much she will ask you to do several more…. and then she will tell all her snooty friends who will also want some, and they will tell their snooty friends………..

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    So here’s the update
    Can’t wait to see what MERchick names this one.

    So I get a voicemail yesterday morning – she has another idea. When we finally connect – she’s decided the very long necklace she’s envisioned is going to be too pricey (do ya think… with $3 spacers!)

    However, she has an old broken necklace that she absolutely loves and would love for me to re-work. It’s currently about 9 strands of seed pearls and too short for her taste.
    She is so excited! hmmmmm

    She’ll give my husband the necklace on Wednesday for me to look at.

  66. KittyMom Linda
    KittyMom Linda says:

    Oh, God Bless You dear friend. At this point I think I would be freaking out. Are these seed pearls knotted? Post a pic if you can. 9 STRANDS???? Oh my goodness, Can you charge by the pearl?

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I have no clue. I’ll have it wednesday :D

    She is legitimately excited ( oh my – taht sound like my 18 yr old daughter

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    Shawn l says:

    this is so exciting, please post a pic of what she is wanting you to rework. this lady changes her mind like we change underwear!! LOL

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Wow this is maybe the 69th comment. I have missed a lot not being on here lately. Well, we had gypsies come into our retail store and rob the cash office. Got by the service desk no one new. Then there was the guy who pulled a knife on the store manager in shoes. A woman had a fight with her husband on the interstate came into the mall bought a can of terpentine at one end of the mall and set herself on fire in the ladies dressing room. Then we had the toilets break a pipe loose in the mens room the stock boy asked me to run get him towels. I said this is a retail store shut off the water and get a mop. Oh the hazards of working with the public.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Well to get to the crux of this I feel for you. I’ll bet she changes her mind many more times. She just doesn’t know what she wants. Maybe if she can see the shorter version of the smokey quartz she might love it. You might at least get a better feel for where all this is going.
    Good luck. May the force be with you. Chicky Hugs! You need them. Try not to stress too much (I know easy to say)

  71. Eeka Mouse
    Eeka Mouse says:

    hmm… 9 strands of pearls…. too short… frustration building… this could be the last chapter: The Strands That Strangle.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Love that chapter title
    New chapter: mop me up
    She sent (with my husband)a longish double strand of round mother of pearl.they look to be 10-12mm.
    I’ll have to think on it over the weekend.
    maybe take a photo and I might even have to make a new pick.

  73. Aqua Chickie Cat
    Aqua Chickie Cat says:

    MOP you up? Ha! Ha1

  74. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    Good Greif! Jeanne, she needs a new attitude- you have already put lots of time into her project, not to mention all the worrying over how to please her. i am going to call up that Voodo Mamma into action! :D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Oh do be careful, Lorrie! She knows she’s impossible – she’s even laughing at herself. And besides – she’s a big,guaranteed chunk of my husband’s monthly income.

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