Each time a customer brings us a piece of jewelry that they have inherited or need to redesign - either to bring more up to date in style or redesign to more closely reflect their style- we try to respect both the history of the piece and the intent of the new wearer.
Sometimes that means that we keep the inherent design and turn it into a different piece of jewelry that will better suit the wearer, and other times it means that we use all or most of the gemstones and create something completely new and beautiful.
OUR CUSTOM DESIGN PROCESS
With the craftsmen in our studio, we are able to design and create one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, using your choice of metals. Our designers and craftsmen work from your ideas- from sketch to final presentation.
Carving a wax model (either by hand or using computer assisted design technology) is most often the second step in creating a one-of-a-kind piece. The wax model is encased in a plaster mold which is then heated so that the wax melts away, leaving an exact impression of the wax model inside the plaster mold (hence the term ‘lost wax casting’).
Our craftsmen then melt your choice of metal – white or yellow gold or platinum. Once liquefied, the metal is poured into the plaster mold.
When the metal solidifies and the plaster mold is removed, an exact replica of the original wax model (a rough casting) is left. All that’s left to do is to smooth and polish the casting and then set your choice of gems!
When a duplicate of an existing piece is needed (for example, the second earring in a pair of earrings), a rubber mold may be used to create a duplicate wax model.
Our craftsmen use a careful blend of traditional techniques that have taken many years to perfect and modern computer assisted design technology to create your one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.
Our craftsmen use the latest manufacturing technology, including a laser which welds metals without the use of a torch (soldering). Laser welding allows them to manufacture and repair jewelry using pure metal (gold or platinum) whereas soldering requires the use of an alloy.