The first step of the realisation will consist, for instance, in drawing together the outlines of your piece, establishing a budget and a planning, and discussing the details that matter to you.
If your mind is not set on a particular style, I will show you a selection of gems as a starting point.
Gems are often the central element of a jewel. It is an important choice to make, that will contribute to the uniqueness of your piece
If you want to skip on the traditional gemstones, you can choose from an array of other gems that are as beautiful as distinctive, whether we use them cut or in the rough.
If you have not exactly decided what your piece should look like, I will draw a few sketches from which you can start thinking and make suggestions.
This can be done in your presence or by email.
Thanks to my computer skills, I will be able to send you, according to your instructions and your choice of gems, a photorealistic 3D rendering that will show you in details your future piece of jewellery.
Thus, we can discuss all the features that will contribute to its uniqueness.
I will then present you with a wax model of the piece. It will allow you to appreciate the general volume of the jewel and to try it on. At this stage, it is still possible to make changes.
This step is also important if you have trouble picturing a piece of jewellery from a simple sketch.
When the model matches your liking, it is then melted into the metal of your choice: sterling silver, yellow, white or rose gold, platinum… The result of this casting is rough. Then, it has to be reworked in order to smooth out the surface before applying any treatments to it.
The setting of a gem is a very important step. If it is not made according to rules, it can unsettle the balance of a jewel and ruin the subtle light fluctuations of the facets. This matters even more when several gems are placed on the setting.
Last but not least, the final round takes place on the surface of the metal. The finish can be of different sorts: polishing, sandblasting, micro-hammering, satin-finishing…
All these effects can give your very own piece of jewellery a strong identity !
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Following in the footsteps of a long family lign of jewellers, I began to practice very early. After five years of training in Paris, I acquired solid bases, but I always yearned for what this very classical cursus lacked: creativity.
And a sense of Art is the extra emotion that will add life to skilled craftsmanship…
I then joined a contemporary jewellery design school. There, I applied myself to counter what I had learned, breaking down in order to rebuild.
But a piece you have to explain remains too elitist. I needed to find the right balance between thise two worlds.
It was only natural that I conceived my first jewellery collection in the family workshop, while working on other pieces.
A few years later, I decided to leave the nest. So here I am, creating custom-made jewellery, associating tradition with technology. Eventually, my craft stopped being a restraint to become the embodiment of my customers’ desires.