Vivalatina is a jewelry workshop to create from an idea or a sketch, a finished jewel in precious metals and gemstones.

Although sometimes jewelers are particularly confined to metalworking (silver, gold and platinum) while other jewelers are involved in the development of fine and precious stones, the two professions are closely complementary.

As shown in this example below, this pendant shows an interweaving of hand carving work, digital modeling and cast and size of gemstones.

ancient Egyptian cross of life pendant silver

Example of a pendant made in our jewelry workshop combining metalwork and fine gemstones artwork


We propose you to detail here all the capacities of our jewelry workshop and jewels.

We make online quotes for the creation of your jewelry projects, on request through this form.

The jeweler's evolution

The jeweler's profession has existed for thousands of years. Nevertheless, that of artisan jeweler which concerns fine and precious stones is more recent.

The scepters, royal crowns, princely jewels and Roman or Egyptian seals were created by talented jewelers who had only hand tools at their disposal.

These work techniques have lasted for centuries, some processes being millennia, as is the case of cast iron lost wax.

Things changed during the twentieth century with the arrival of electricity and engines that have enabled jewelers to overcome the most difficult tasks such as rolling plates or stretching metal wire.

Since the end of the 90s, the situation has been turned upside down by the arrival of computers, numerically controlled machines for the machining of complex waxes and then the appearance of 3D printing.

All these tools have only enriched and complemented business, making it all more attractive.

Nowadays, modern jewelry workshops (as is the case with Vivalatina workshop) are all :

  • a jewelry design center
  • 3D printing of resin models
  • a cast iron workshop
  • a jewelry making workshop at the bench pin 
  • a stone cutting workshop
  • a surface treatment workshop (gold plating and rhodium plating)

Tools at the service of creativity

The bench pin is this piece of wood slashed common to all jewelers in the world.

It is still used by all jewelers for making their jewelry.

Jeweler's wooden bench pin

Modern jewelry making techniques are inspired by the tools and gestures learned from jeweler's ancient generations (for millennia).

One only has to see the jewels exhibited in the museums to realize that the know-how of antiquity jeweler's was impressive.

ancient Egyptian snake silver cobra

Reproduction of an ancient arm bracelet (fr)

Nowadays, the techniques persist, but have adapted to the modern tools facilitating the work, making it faster and more affordable.

IT and its outlets: 3D printing 

Modern workshops use Computer Aided Design (CAD) to model complex projects, modify them, and adapt them to customer requirements.

ancient Egyptian cross of life differents pieces pendant

Exploded view of the computer modeling of an Egyptian pendant jewel

The computer tool and the different software that allows us to use it allow us jewelers to provide virtual visuals of the finished jewels before the manufacture, this allowing to give a precise vision of the jewel to the customer before he has to commit financially.

views of Egyptian cross of life

These computer files can then be used to manufacture complex parts by the process of 3D printing.

3D printing thus makes it possible to obtain resin-based physical objects inheriting all the computing power and modeling.

cobra snake 3D pendant Egyptian

These objects are then used for manufacturing precious metals.

The traditional lost wax casting process

 This millenary process consists of creating a wax jewelery master to make a mold made of refractory material in which our precious metal (silver, gold or platinum) will be melted.

In ancient times, the master was made with a mixture of beeswax and sawdust while the plaster was made of soil or any other available refractory material.

If the materials have changed today, the principle remains the same and allows to obtain parts faithful to the original piece of resin or wax.

cobra snake silver pendant Egyptian

Our resin master after casting gives us a nice silver snake

Cut of stones and their setting

The cut of stones is usually made by the stonemason while it's the jeweler who is responsible for crimping the stones on the precious metal's jewel.

The lapidary is responsible for the cut of the faceted stones of dimensions and shapes necessary for the jewelry during the manufacture.

When it comes to a fine stone cabochon, the jeweler can realize the cut of these stones himself.

scarabee lapis lazuli stone Egyptian

Scarab carved from lapis lazuli stone

onyx stone cabochon

Onyx stone cut in cabochon for the realization of this ring

This video shows the steps in the cut of this natural onyx stone:

Crimping consists of forming claws in the metal, claws that will imprison stones so that they can not move, even in case of shocks and friction.

engagement ring with diamonds

Woodwork and organic matter

Depending on the project, it may be necessary to work organic materials.

These are most often :

  • wood
  • leather
  • pearls 
  • coral
  • mother-of-pearl, abalone and spondylus

Woodwork (fr) is relatively simple compared to the rest.

The carved wooden forms must marry perfectly with the surrounding metal.

Egyptian cross of life pendant wood

Working with beads is very little technical, consisting of holes and bindings.

Here is an overview of other achievements of jewelry pieces :

jaguar pendant with stone signet ring with onyx stone
men bracelet silver with lapis lazuli stone amethyst silver ring jewelry pendant lapis lazuli

 

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July 25, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

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