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The other day, Lise and I were talking about how much we have learned about jewelry since we started working at Designer Gold. Most people who aren't fortunate enough to watch the creation of fine jewelry rarely know what goes into the making of these small beautiful objects. The different ways gemstones can be set, the different materials that are being used to make fine jewelry and the specific methods of making jewelry like casting, fabricating, and forging are fascinating to witness.
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A good example of what happens at Designer Gold is the creation of Paul's lapis lazuli, gold and diamond necklace pictured above, made last year in 2013. Paul had purchased the lapis beads a couple of years before. They are Afghan lapis stones which were meticulously hand carved with chiseled texture in Germany. They are spectacular stones, matched, calibrated and numbered.
One day we showed these beads to a customer -- just to say, "Aren't these beautiful!?". She fell in love with them, and asked Paul to design a necklace for her.
With blue wax, he took an impression of the surface texture in the lapis. Then he carved four spacer beads out of wax keeping the surface texture. When our customer saw it, she was thrilled, though she wanted to see what the gold would look like. Paul cast those those four spacers in 18 karat yellow gold and strung the beads together with the spacers. It was gorgeous, the rich yellow of the gold and the deep blue of the lapis playing off each other and highlighting the specks of iron pyrite always found in lapis lazuli. Our customer said, "Finish it!" And he did.
It's simply beautiful.
The photographs above, from left to right, show the front of Paul's lapis lazuli necklace, the back of the necklace with Paul's hand fabricated catch, and a detail of the front showing how the diamonds were set in platinum and then set into the lapis stones. You'll also note the specks of Iron Pyrite which is found commonly in nice lapis.