How’d He Make That? Eddie Borgo Gemstone Estate Necklace Edition

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Edythe wears the Eddie Borgo Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace. Photo by Rodolfo Martinez.

Ever wonder how your treasured jewels are made? The necklace you wear everywhere but the shower, or the rings you slip on before heading out on the town. We asked Eddie Borgo to get super-specific on the how-it’s-made of his beloved beauties. In part two of three (see part one here) we witness the birth of the Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace. Estate-worthy, indeed.

Ideation
“I devote as much time as possible to hand-sketching at my studio. Our drawings contain as much detail as possible, concentrating on measurements in millimeter.”
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Development
The Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace combines all the different silhouettes — pyramid, cone, and cube — that we showed in the Pre Fall 2014 Collection. The placement of each section was engineered by my team with careful consideration for fit and feel.
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At my studio, we use a computer assisted design program called Rhinoceros. It helps create a 3D rendering that lets us examine the functionality of a design. My team will translate my hand-sketches into 3D computer-generated models before we start manufacturing the samples.

Eddie Borgo Rendering — Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace from BlackBook on Vimeo.

Eddie Borgo Gemstone Estate Necklace Step 3 from BlackBook on Vimeo.

Assembly
There are 59 pyramid shapes, 45 cube shapes, and 38 cone shapes assembled in the final necklace. Each hinge and setting must be reinforced since the design is so intricate and complicated.
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Final Product
Once the final sample arrives, we wear test each style and track how well the design performs at market. It’s gratifying to see our supporters experience a collection for the first time. When they recognize the craftsmanship that goes into each piece — especially one as intricate as the Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace — it is extremely rewarding.
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Edythe (Marilyn) wears the Eddie Borgo Gemstone Estate Bib Necklace
Photographer: Rodolfo Martinez
Hair: Hikaru Hirano
Makeup: Ayindé Castro
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro