Imagine what it would be like to be a jeweler 100 or 200 years ago... What tools would be used? How would the workbench be lit? How many days, weeks, or months would be 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, 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 give our custom collection a unique perspective.
We take a collaborative approach to our bespoke process. Along with the client we develop an idea. The next step are the drawings. We begin with watercolors or pencil sketches.
For more complicated projects our jewelers create models in brass or silver. This allows us to work out particular challenges and to visualize proportions.
A bit about why we mix our own alloys in our workshop...Traditional 18 karat gold is a simple blend of pure gold, silver, and copper. Many readily available 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. Custom mixing metals in our workshop allows complete control over the content and the coloring of our gold.
The metals are melted together at just under 2000 degrees Fahrenheit and 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 Archive 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 11am -5pm and Saturday from 11am -3pm. However, appointments are recommended for custom consultations. Please contact the store by phone or email to schedule an appointment.