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Every process of creating our jewelry is done
"in-house" in our studio in Long Beach, CA.

We combine our 25+ years of 3D computer graphics experience with our 25+ years of master goldsmithing to create virtually anything you can imagine.

 

All of our jewelry is built in CAD. Whether we are designing the piece, or working from a concept drawing, each piece begins as precisely drawn lines on 3 planes.
These lines are map for building the model. We use our 20+ years of 3D computer graphic experience to build the perfect armature.
We bring the armature into a program that allows us to sculpt "virtual clay" using a haptic arm as a sculpting tool. This is how we achieve organic shapes and textures.
When the sculpting is done, we can then render the piece and provide you with a proof so that you can get approval from the the necessary parties. Depending on the complexity of the model, this can be in less than 24 hours.
After we receive approval, we separate the file and prepare it for milling in as many pieces as are necessary.
The g-code file is loaded on a CAM wax mill. This mill has 3 axis which allow it to cut in the flats and on rotary, allowing us to mill virtually anything, with a little creative thinking.
The mill cuts jewelers wax with a very high tolerance. Depending on the complexity of the piece, this can take 1 -15 hours.
And that is where the hi-tech ends. We then go back to the age old process of lost wax casting. Each cut wax is expertly sprued to allow metal to flow to the entire piece to insure that the detail is held in the casting. Often the sprues weigh as much or more than the actual piece.
Investment (plaster) is then poured over the sprued wax. When it hardens it will be put in the kiln.
The flask slowly heats in the kiln, allowing the wax to melt, leaving a void in the plaster for the molten metal to flow into.
When the flask is ready, casting grain (brass, silver, gold, etc) is heated with a torch.
When the metal becomes molten (approx. 1200 degrees), it is time to cast.
The flask is removed from the kiln and nestled into the spincaster. (We also cast under a vacuum when the need arises.)
The lever is released, and the centrifugal force of the spinning caster forces the molten metal into the void in the investment in the flask.
When the metal has cooled, the entire flask is quelched in water, to release the newly cast tree.
Each piece is then painstakingly sawed off of every sprue.
The piece must now be ground, filed, soldered and finished.
Now the piece is polished. We can make a piece look brand spanking new, or old and worn and anything in between.
We can then plate the piece if necessary to achieve the desired look.
Setting & final assembly is completed.