Imagine what it might be like to work with a jeweler from 100 or 200 years ago... What sort of tools would be used? How would they light their workbench? How many days, weeks, or months were spent executing a design?
The imagined responses create the foundation for how our workshop approaches jewelry fabrication.
It is a small group of jewelers who are still dedicated to classical jewelry techniques and our commitment to this tradition is steadfast. The steps are deceptively simple and have changed little over the centuries. However, mastering the steps takes years of experience and a true commitment. Keeping traditions alive, the techniques, tips and new ideas are passed on from master jeweler to apprentice. Hopefully, over and over again.
The love of antique jewelry guides our aesthetic. A deep understanding of antique jewels and stone cuts gives our custom collection a unique perspective.
We take a collaborative approach to our custom process. Along with a client we develop an idea. The next step is the drawing. We begin with a watercolor or pencil sketch.
For more complicated projects our jeweler create a model in brass or silver. This allows us to work out the particular challenges and to visualize proportions.
Traditional 18 karat gold is a simple blend of pure gold, silver, and copper. Many modern gold formulas include ingredients like silicon, which are added to improve metal flow while casting. However, when using traditional forming methods we find these ingredients detrimental to the jeweler. We custom mix our metals in our workshop. This allows complete control over the content and the coloring of our gold alloys.
Once the metals are melted together, the molten gold or platinum is poured into bars and ingots. By working the metal with forging techniques, the metal is strengthened.
Ultimately all of our parts are formed using these hardened bars of gold or platinum. This process is laborious and slow but allows us to refine the details of each piece, allowing the most intricate work to remain strong and withstand regular wear. These classic techniques enable designs to be executed with less metal, reducing the visual weight of the setting and emphasizing the stones. We find the unusual proportions of antique gemstones are complimented by delicate settings
. While computer aided design (CAD-CAM) and wax casting techniques have found useful applications in the jewelry trade, they are unable to achieve the same result as traditional fabrication.
Every setting is formed for each gem, emphasizing the individual stone's characteristics. Every form is bent to fit the intended wearer.
Once designs are approved, projects can take 6-8 weeks.
Our Custom Collection gallery
is a small representation of the work produced in our workshop.
For further designs or references, please contact us by email or phone.
Walk-ins are accepted during store hours
from Tuesday to Friday 11-5 and Saturday from 11-3.
However, appointments are recommended for custom consultations.
Please contact the store by phone or email to schedule an appointment.