I figured I would commemorate the milestone with - what else? - jewelry.
I decided to make something with her birthstone, smokey topaz. I thought about trying to squeeze forty stones into the design somehow, but that was a lot of weight since I had gotten large, faceted briolettes.
Instead I handwired a trio of briolettes to a sterling silver chain. The earrings hang from hand-hammered sterling earwires from an artisan I know in San Francisco.
The matching necklace mirrors the briolette cluster with heart-shaped topaz and sterling silver chain making up the rest of the piece.
She said, "Ahhh...you made me jewelry with smokey topaz because I'm smokin' hot?!?" I went with it.
Love you, Pia. Happy 40th!