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The first step in your new creation is to have a conversation with one of our talented designers who know just how to listen to figure out exactly what you want, even if you're not sure! If you have your own gems already, great! If you would like new ones, we have a large selection in stock, plus we can contact our trusted sources to send us several for you to choose from with no obligation.

 DELOUIS PLACING THE CLIENT'S GEMS ON THE DRAWING TO SHOW SCALE

DELOUIS PLACING THE CLIENT'S GEMS ON THE DRAWING TO SHOW SCALE

 TIFFANY SHOWING A CLIENT A BRACELET DESIGN USING THEIR DIAMONDS AND THEIR REFINED GOLD

TIFFANY SHOWING A CLIENT A BRACELET DESIGN USING THEIR DIAMONDS AND THEIR REFINED GOLD

 MARY HELPING A CLIENT HONE IN ON A DESIGN AND A DIAMOND

MARY HELPING A CLIENT HONE IN ON A DESIGN AND A DIAMOND

The next step is either a hand drawn sketch or a CAD (Computer Aided Design) rendering so that you can see the vision start to come to life.  We use two CAD programs, Matrix and Countersketch, both of which can be used to create renders.  

 TIFFANY SKETCHING OUT A DESIGN USING A CLIENT'S DIAMONDS

TIFFANY SKETCHING OUT A DESIGN USING A CLIENT'S DIAMONDS

CUSTOM BYPASS RING SKETCH BY PATRICK

SKETCH OF A CUSTOM HALO RING BY PATRICK

 COMPUTER RENDER OF AN ENGAGEMENT RING THAT MARY MADE IN "COUNTERSKETCH"

COMPUTER RENDER OF AN ENGAGEMENT RING THAT MARY MADE IN "COUNTERSKETCH"

Once the ideas are all sketched out and you love what you see, if the jewelry is to be hand fabricated, one of our expert goldsmiths will get started on building your new piece!  You can see the goldsmiths working from the showroom and you can even get a tour and see the shop up close and meet the team!

 PHIL

PHIL

 BRYSON

BRYSON

 PATRICK

PATRICK

 DENIS

DENIS

 CAMERON

CAMERON

 MOLLY

MOLLY

If the item will be cast, a wax model will be created either by hand carving or more often by CAD and 3D printing on one of our two printers named Edwin and Edwina. Our CAD designer has also worked as a bench jeweler and truly understands how jewelry needs to be virtually created in order to work in the real world. Once your wax model is finished, you can view it, by coming by the shop, we can send pictures of it to you or if you live out of town we can even mail it to you.  You can try it on, and make sure that you love the width, height etc before we move on to the next step.

 MODEL BEING BUILT IN THE CAD PROGRAM MATRIX

MODEL BEING BUILT IN THE CAD PROGRAM MATRIX

 NEWLY GROWN MODELS STILL ATTACHED TO THE 3D PRINTER'S BUILD PLATFORM AND COVERED WITH EXCESS RESIN.

NEWLY GROWN MODELS STILL ATTACHED TO THE 3D PRINTER'S BUILD PLATFORM AND COVERED WITH EXCESS RESIN.

 THE SAME GROUP OF MODELS CLEANED OF THE EXCESS RESIN

THE SAME GROUP OF MODELS CLEANED OF THE EXCESS RESIN

 3D PRINTED MODELS FREED FROM THEIR SUPPORTS AND FULLY CURED

3D PRINTED MODELS FREED FROM THEIR SUPPORTS AND FULLY CURED

Next we use the ancient technique of lost wax casting with a modern twist. After the traditional attaching of sprues (gateways for the molten metal to flow through), mold making and burning out of the wax in a kiln, we use a high tech casting machine. This improves the quality of our castings by controlling many of the variables that can cause problems.

 THE WAX OR 3D PRINTED RESIN MODEL IS ATTACHED TO A BASE WITH WAX AND A METAL FLASK IS PLACED AROUND IT

THE WAX OR 3D PRINTED RESIN MODEL IS ATTACHED TO A BASE WITH WAX AND A METAL FLASK IS PLACED AROUND IT

 MODELS SPRUED AND READY TO BE "INVESTED" (HAVE PLASTER POURED AROUND THEM.)  THEY ARE SEPARATED INTO SO MANY SMALL BATCHES BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL BEING CAST IN DIFFERENT METALS.

MODELS SPRUED AND READY TO BE "INVESTED" (HAVE PLASTER POURED AROUND THEM.)  THEY ARE SEPARATED INTO SO MANY SMALL BATCHES BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL BEING CAST IN DIFFERENT METALS.

 A SPECIAL TYPE OF PLASTER IS POURED INTO THE FLASK TO FORM A MOLD AROUND THE WAX OR 3D PRINTED RESIN MODEL

A SPECIAL TYPE OF PLASTER IS POURED INTO THE FLASK TO FORM A MOLD AROUND THE WAX OR 3D PRINTED RESIN MODEL

 THE WAX OR 3D PRINTED RESIN IS BURNED OUT LEAVING A CAVITY THAT WE POUR THE MOLTEN METAL INTO

THE WAX OR 3D PRINTED RESIN IS BURNED OUT LEAVING A CAVITY THAT WE POUR THE MOLTEN METAL INTO

 "HELGA" OUR INDUCTION MELTING INERT GAS ATMOSPHERE CASTING MACHINE LOADED WITH METAL AND A FLASK

"HELGA" OUR INDUCTION MELTING INERT GAS ATMOSPHERE CASTING MACHINE LOADED WITH METAL AND A FLASK

 "HELGA" STILL GLOWING JUST AFTER POURING THE METAL INTO THE FLASK

"HELGA" STILL GLOWING JUST AFTER POURING THE METAL INTO THE FLASK

 THE TOP OF THE FLASK WITH THE EXTRA METAL OR "BUTTON"

THE TOP OF THE FLASK WITH THE EXTRA METAL OR "BUTTON"

 HAMMERING THE PLASTER OUT OF THE FLASK TO RELEASE THE NEW CASTING

HAMMERING THE PLASTER OUT OF THE FLASK TO RELEASE THE NEW CASTING

 A FRESH CASTING STILL ATTACHED TO THE "BUTTON" BY ITS SPRUE

A FRESH CASTING STILL ATTACHED TO THE "BUTTON" BY ITS SPRUE

After the casting, the sprues must be removed and the surface sanded and polished in a process that often takes many hours to achieve the final mirror shine, or lovely soft matte finish that you see in the end.

 BRYSON SANDING

BRYSON SANDING

 MOLLY POLISHING

MOLLY POLISHING

 PATRICK USING AN ABRASIVE RUBBER WHEEL

PATRICK USING AN ABRASIVE RUBBER WHEEL

Whether the piece is fabricated or cast, if there are gemstones, the goldsmith must carefully set them securely. This process requires both skill and patience to be done well. After everything is all set, the final finishes are applied.

 PHIL SETTING A DIAMOND IN A CONE AND SHEET RING

PHIL SETTING A DIAMOND IN A CONE AND SHEET RING

 PATRICK EXAMINING HIS BEAD SETTING

PATRICK EXAMINING HIS BEAD SETTING

 PATRICK WORKING ON A FLUSH SET PENDANT

PATRICK WORKING ON A FLUSH SET PENDANT

 BRYSON HAMMER SETTING DIAMONDS

BRYSON HAMMER SETTING DIAMONDS

Our administrative team takes all the information about the metal/labor/gems etc and inputs them into the computer, takes an amazing photograph of your new piece of jewelry so that we will always have a record of everything that went into it!

 KRISTINE PHOTOGRAPHING A RING

KRISTINE PHOTOGRAPHING A RING

The gemologists write up a detailed appraisal complete with a picture at no charge (for every item over $1000).

 KATHERINE TAKING CAREFUL MEASUREMENTS

KATHERINE TAKING CAREFUL MEASUREMENTS

 TRACY SIGNING AN APPRAISAL FOR A CUSTOM JOB

TRACY SIGNING AN APPRAISAL FOR A CUSTOM JOB

Lastly, your designer will show you your beautiful new jewelry and wrap it in our signature packaging!

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