I actually don't spend too much time thinking about it. It starts when I get my stone and put it on a pieces of paper in front of me. Sometimes, the paper is just a little yellow post-it. But usually it's in my spiral sketch pad. I start by tracing the stone on the paper, then do several configurations around it till I get one I like. It's not rocket science for me. Maybe, I should plan a little bit more, but I get an idea I am happy with and go from there. Here are some photos of two of my recent sketches, and then the final piece of jewelry.