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Behind The Scene.....

The Making of :   " L'Exceptionnelle Tanzanite " pendant.

It has been a real reward to receive 2 weeks ago the Gold Award in the Jeweller category at the 2016 Goldsmiths' Craft & Design competition for my latest Fine Art Jewellery piece.

I spent over 200 hours making it by hands and I thought I would share some images of the various stages of the work in progress....

So here is Stage 1 :    Carving the base in wax.....

     

     

     

            

     

 

And now Stage 2 :   The wax is cast in metal through lost wax casting process, and the metal cast is "cleaned", which means sprews cut, excess metal & surfaces filed, and porosities filled up by laser.... 

 

     

Although I only put 2 images here to show you, the process felt endless... Porosities are my worst enemy !!! Especially on this type of work because I have to re-carve each time the little 'crystal sheets' in the metal (where the metal was added by laser) ! 

 

Anyways, after that is Stage 3 :   Back to wax.... carving the top part....

      

 

.... and adapt it with the bottom part as well ....

 

 

.... and then cast, with again the 'casting cleaning' stage ...

 

Almost there.... or nearly ... Now is stage 4 :  Fitting the metal parts together on the tanzanite crystal. Although this stage was already done in wax, it is rarely the case that metal fits again perfectly when back from casting... Some sort of shrinking happens and adjusting the metal parts on uncut gems usually takes a loooonnnnngggg  time !

     

Once everything fits again, I had to decide where the diamonds were going to go. And for this, I designed on the metal directly. Then it is Stage 5 : the piece goes for setting (as I do not set cut stones myself)

 

Once set, the 2 metal parts are laser together.... with the tanzanite crystal in place !!! A stage where I stopped breathing for 2 hours, until the piece was ready to be collected... Not an easy task at all ! Of course, once again, the laser has to be cleaned and we're getting on to the final stages: Stage 6 & 7: Laser engraving of the logo and Hallmarking by the Assay Office in London....

 

Following this, the piece is ready for finishing and goes back to Hatton Garden to get the last touch done....

 

And after over 200 hours for all these stages, voilà !

 

 

 

 

 

 



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