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Why should you go to the goldsmith ?

Each goldsmith, woman or man, is a craftsman and an artist.

Their creativeness and their intuition as an artist allow them to create individual jewelry with an unique feature. Their craft knowledge gives them the possibility of achieving their ideas. They achieve jewels of an unique radiance in gold and several other noble metals, with precious stones. These jewels put entrance the taste of people who wear them.

You will find all these jewels in the goldsmiths’ shops.

As for us, goldsmiths, we do not only propose a big choice of original creations, we also create jewels according to our customers’ desires. There are not many craft domains where the possibility of subscribing to desires and needs exists in such an individual way.  Contrary to the manufactured jewelry created in great quantity, which are put on the market with a lot of advertising, the jewels we create always remain something particular.

What is their price?

Our jewels don’t have to fear a comparison of price. If you compare individuality, quality and the after-sales service, you will note that our jewels are worth your money.

 

The birth of a jewel

Sketches and models are born from inspiration. Once the material is put to work and the precious stones have been chosen, we create jewels in 3D. Different parts are done by sawing, bending, forging, digging and filing sheet metal, wire and hoses are made of precious metal. The different parts are then meticulously  collected and welded.

We also use former techniques as melting lost wax: A jewel is formed with wax and is drowned in a heatproof matter. The precious metal is flowed in the space left by the melted wax. 

This last work is achieved by specialized enterprises. Thanks to this, jewels can be achieved more quickly and with a little loss of gold, and this has a noticeable influence on price.

Then the goldsmith continues to work on the rough model, which is also called rough piece of flow. The surface receives its definitive shape after polishing, or by giving it a mat aspect or by restructuring it. 

 

In our shops are born

Unique pieces

The aspect and the finishing of unique pieces are our asset. Most of these jewels are created only once. We will with pleasure display before you our choice.

Creations

At the goldsmith you have the possibility to influence the creation by your personal ideas. You can choose your favorite stone. Does the new jewel have to fit to your other jewels ? What is your ideal price? We achieve outlines or models according to your desires, with a price offer. If our sketch and prices correspond to your ideas, we achieve your jewel.

 

JEWELS IN LIMITED EDITION

We achieve identical or similar pieces in limited number.

Thanks to a modern catching technique, we can divide up the expenses for the sketch and the model into several pieces. Such a piece made only few times is much less expensive than an unique piece, but keeps all its individual character.

Restorations and modifications

Modifications and restorations of jewels which were or not made in our shops are also part of our job. The number of working hours can noticeably increase if they are old or unknown jewels. We endeavour to make you an offer which does not commit you to anything.

MATERIALS WORKED BY GOLDSMITHS

We principally work on precious materials, but also with many other materials, such as wood, leather, horn, glass or ceramics.

PRECIOUS METALS

Awls:

999 pure gold, thin gold

(former designation = 24 karats) It is very soft and is only suitable for special jewels.

750 yellow, pink or red gold (18 karats)

By the melting of 750 parts of thin gold with 250 parts of silver and copper, this alloy of gold presents some ideal properties for the transformation in jewels.

Pink or red gold contains a bigger quantity of copper in relation to silver.

750 grey or white gold (18 karats)

It contains 750 thin gold parts and 250 parts of palladium. Long ago one also used nickel, which can induce some allergies.

950 platinum

Platinum is the rarest precious metal. It is extremely difficult to extract. It takes 9 months from the extract of the ore till the casting of the pure platinum rod – with a title of 999.  It is necessary to extract 10 tonnes of ore to obtain only one ounce of it (31g). So platinum is world wide considered as the rarest, most precious and most exclusive metal. 950 is the alloy we use.

SILVER

A precious metal of a warm and white color.

With this metal we achieve some jewels. Other goldsmiths create table services and table settings. Silver binds with sulphur particles in the air and oxidizes this means that it blackens.

925 sterling silver

It is an alloy between 925 parts of thin silver and 75 parts of copper.

800

Contains 800 parts of thin silver and 200 parts of copper or nickel.

CHEAP "GOLD"

Be careful : cheap jewels are achieved industrially in

585 yellow and grey gold (14 karats)

Contains only a few more than the half of thin gold.

375 yellow gold (9 karats)

This alloy has, by its big part of complementary metals, a reddish color and oxidizes with time. These two sorts of alloy can, recently, be designated as real gold.

 

THE MASTER AWL : A MARK OF RESPONSIBILITY

Goldsmiths have the obligation to stamp each jewel with the indication of title (750mfor example) and with their own master mark awl. 

This mark of responsibility is deposited by the central Office of the precious metals control.

 

PRECIOUS STONES

Diamond

Hindus name the diamond « Part of eternity ».

Diamond is born in the depths of the earth by a great pressure and heat. It is made of pure carbon. It is the hardest precious stone. If diamond is carved in a cut of sparkle (33 facets over and 24 facets under) it is named brilliant. This cut gives to the diamond its splendor. Its value depends on its size and its purity. Its weight is counted

 

Ruby
Passion’ stone/ stone of energetic people

Ruby exists in  pink/ purple color. Rubies of large size and of a very dark red are very rare and precious. One finds rubies notably in Burma, in Thailand and in Sri Lanka.

Sapphire
  
The preferable color is the one of the cornflower.

One finds the sapphires in Burma, in Thailand, in Sri Lanka and in Australia.

Sapphires and rubies are part of the family of corindons. Very small metallic oxide particles give to these stones their characteristic color. The sapphire and the ruby are ideal stones to create jewels, since they are the hardest stones after diamond.


Emerald
 

It is the stone of lovers

It is green. Emeralds of large size and of an intense purity are very rare. One finds emeralds notably in Colombia.

 

Opal

It is considered in the Orient as the stone of hope.

The diversity of colors is unique. Apart from the common crystalline opal, some exist with blue, green and red nuances. Every opal is unique. The shapes, in which opals can be carved, are as multiple as their colors. Most opals come from the mines of Australia.

 

You find the precious stones in your goldsmith’ shop.

You choose your personal stone and you have the guarantee to receive the best quality.

 

How are precious stones fixed in jewels?

The work of settering, a delicate work, and a work of precision, is most often done by specialists (setters).

The main forms of settering are:

·         The closed settering: gold is hammered on the side of the stone. So the stone is surrounded by metal.

·         The settering in shape of grain : a turning or fine strip is pricked with a burin, formed in small ball and passed on the side of the stone. 

·         The settering in claws : the stone is held by claws made of precious metal.

 

Should we buy precious stones abroad?

The purchase of jewels is an act of confidence. This purchase is very risky when you have no guarantee. It is difficult for a non specialist to estimate the authenticity and the quality of a jewel.

"A good quality has its price everywhere" adjusts especially to the precious stones.

We solely buy precious stones among known and serious merchants.

 

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