How to work gold and silver

Many internet users are seeking to acquire technical knowledge of precious metals in order to embark on a more creative craft activity than fimo clay. That's why we often get questions about metal working techniques that can't be solved in a single email. Indeed, the work of these metals such as silver or gold requires knowledge and especially a lot of practice.

Books silver work

September 09, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

DIY jewelry : a silver pearl necklace

Here's a new DIY (Do It Yourself) jewel about making a particularly elegant and easy-to-make necklace.

If you don't have the budget for a gold necklace (fr), no worries, this tutorial will help you to make yourself a silver necklace with very elegant cultured pearl (fr).

It takes little material for this DIY and your necklace won't look like DIY at all, but a necklace coming straight out of a jeweler's shop.

Especially since the assembly principle here can be re-used to make a necklace of a completely different design, as shown by the two following examples in the photo, you are free to vary the number of pearls and their color.

Here is an overview of the DIY result of this necklace :

DIY necklace

September 09, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Manufacture of a real Indonesian bola of pregnancy in silver

Hundreds of expectant mothers take advantage each year of their maternity to buy and wear a pregnancy bola. This unique piece for pregnant women has positive effects for both the baby and the mother!

The bola is a jewel usually rounded shape that tinkles gently with the movements of the woman who wears it. The sound has soothing virtues to the extent that the baby will get used to the sound melody of the bell pregnancy. It is generally said that the baby hears the ringing as early as 4/5 months of pregnancy, and then until the end of the pregnancy.

For the pregnant woman, the jewel bola is an original and trendy accessory that symbolizes motherhood, but it is also a pretty jewel that will bring a particular touch to your wardrobe ...

According to sources, the bola pendant is made in Mexico, Thailand, China ... but the real origin is Indonesia and more precisely Bali. Made by craftsmen respecting the tradition, the realization of a jumper bola pregnancy respects certain unavoidable steps.

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necklace gold emerald choker necklace necklace gold blue sapphire

September 09, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Snake jewelry

The snake is an animal that has had a religious symbolism for many civilizations.


For the Egyptians, Greeks, Mayans and even Hindus, the snake symbolizes life and rebirth, whereas in the Christian tradition it is the symbol of evil.

I invite you to read this full article on the symbolism of the snake that will certainly interest you.

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Silver snake arm bracelet creation

Who says marriage, says unique jewelry (fr) and it is certainly not a jeweler (fr) who will contradict you.

This project of a snake arm bracelet was custom made on the occasion of the wedding of one of our clients.

As you know, the snake is a centuries-old source of inspiration for jewelry and many ancient Greeks and Egyptians were inspired to make princely snake jewelry (fr).

Silver snake arm bracelet

Silver elephant pendant

Animals are an infinite source for the creation of jewelry including pendants or necklaces, the latter leaving more space for the representation of animals.

Moreover, I invite you to discover here our many achievements of animal jewelry to give you an idea of ​​all that it is possible to do in jewelry on this theme.

In the case of this jewel, it is a silver elephant pendant.

silver elephant pendant

September 03, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Silver lion head ring for men

The lion is an emblematic animal, which has served as a symbol for many peoples.


Both Sumerians, Jews and Christian Kings used the lion to symbolize power, wisdom and strength.

Of course, the figure of the lion, represented in full or just by his head is found on the jewels, rings and signet rings of the nobles and leaders of these people.

Lion head ring

September 03, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Antique silver jewelry

As it gets older, silver jewelry or silverware tends to darken and sometimes to take a characteristic shade of antique jewelry while keeping the shine of silver.

 Most of the time, we try to avoid the dulling of the silver by protecting it from the contact of the air containing the hydrogen sulphides responsible for its blackening. However, this is only possible when you store your jewelry, so you have to clean them most of the time, which is what most people try to do in order to keep the natural silver luster of their jewelry.

aged silver ring

September 03, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Custom silver belt buckle

The belt buckle is an exclusively masculine fashion accessory.

Almost totally abandoned by women who choose discretion, men have appropriated this ornament. As often, men have little jewelry but choose high-end and custom pieces that will last in time.

In this case, we had the opportunity to create a custom belt buckle in sterling silver according to a drawing.

If the project seems simple at first glance, it is not so since it's a large piece of more than 120 grams carved in 3 dimensions making 100 millimeters wide by 75 millimeters in height.

silver belt buckle

September 02, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Chain maille weaves for gold and silver bracelets and necklaces

Faced with all the existing mesh patterns for making chains, used both for bracelets, necklaces and anklets, it is normal that you feel disoriented when you search for an internet purchase.

To find your way around, we offer you this guide which includes all the mesh models used for bracelets, chains and necklaces.

You can also discover our collection of chains here (fr).

Big silver chain necklace

Different types of silver : plated, sterling and German or alpaca

The different types of silver used to make jewelry are often not known to the public who struggles to differentiate at a glance the type of metal used.

And yet it is important because if silver is a precious metal, justifying the price of sterling silver jewelry, it is not the case of poor metals used to make jewelry plated or using alpaca.

silver necklace

September 02, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Skin allergy to silver jewelry

Are you allergic to the silver of your jewelry ?

If you think so, because you have noticed itchy skin and redness in the contact area of ​​your ring, bracelet or earrings with your skin, this is not enough to draw this conclusion.

Indeed, silver and gold are non-allergenic metals, recognized for their passivity vis-à-vis the body. However, silver is regularly associated with other metals, or other metals are used instead of silver for the making of your jewelry.

If you don't look like this man, then you are certainly not allergic to silver : Argyrism is the only known disease related to silver.

argyrism

September 01, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Custom earrings

We had the opportunity to reproduce a model of antique silver earrings.

These earrings were made of repoussé silver, an old technique of more than 5000 years old.

This technique consists in giving shape to a thin sheet of silver using tools in order to deform the material and give it bosses that will create the motif of the jewel.

Widely used in the past, this method has somewhat disappeared and few jewelry is manufactured by this technique today, other more profitable methods having replaced it.

custom earrings

September 01, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Medal with face engraved in relief from a photo

It's customary to offer a medal at baptisms, whether religious or civil. However, medal is a jewel that can take an infinity of styles.

Often it's gold, but can also be made of silver, as is the case of this custom medal from a photo.

It's a medal representing an ancient Greek face engraved in relief from the photo of an ancient sculpture of Greek face.

Another characteristic of this silver medal is 25 millimeters in diameter.

Note that this isn't the first jewel of Greek inspiration that we have the opportunity to create in our jewelry workshop, you'll find a quick presentation of our achievements of Greek jewelry through this article (fr).

custom silver medal

September 01, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Big double sterling silver ring for men

The craft of jeweler makes it possible to manufacture all kinds of jewels, in particular when one makes custom jewels.

This is particularly the opportunity to get out of the way of the "official fashion" to specifically meet the needs of our customers.

This is the case with these two big silver customised ring Bling Bling style very impressive once worn.

The project presented here consisted of making two big rectangular double rings for men. These two rings are identical, only the engraving is different as well as the ring sizes since one ring must be worn on the right hand and the other on the left hand.

big double rings

September 01, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Big silver necklace

Necklace is a fundamental jewel of feminine finery.

Because it's seen from afar highlighting the face and bust, the necklace is often more important than rings or bracelets.

In the case of this creation, it's a large silver necklace made to measure.

This necklace is made of large links type curb 23 millimeters wide and is 45 centimeters in length.

Its links are made of a silver wire of 5 millimeters in diameter, so that the collar totals a weight of 330 grams.

It's therefore a very big necklace, imposing of which we'll detail you the stages of manufacture.

big silver necklace women

August 29, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Bangle creation with natural stones

There are a multitude of styles for silver bangles.

They can be open, closed, solid round or hollow or flat.

This section of our blog brings together different styles of silver bangle that we had the opportunity to manufacture.

In this case, we'll present the creation of a silver bangle bracelet with natural stones.

It's a simple but uncluttered design of a rigid square section articulated bracelet with snap clasp.

This ring is customizable by the choice of fine stones that make up the decoration of the removable part of the bracelet.

bangle natural stones

August 26, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Creation of a silver choker necklace

Chokers are quite popular necklaces for women, easy to wear they are more visible than the classic necklaces and pendants.

There are two types :

  • Raised necklaces in the form of short chains (fr) with a length of 36 to 38 centimeters
  • Rigid chokers

In the case of this jewel project custom made, it's a rigid necklace with a pendant and a charm, which we had the opportunity to manufacture in our jewelry workshop.

silver choker

August 26, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Custom silver bracelet creation

If making custom jewelry allows the manufacture of engraved silver bracelets or made with specific charms, we must turn to a custom service to create the original bracelet design you have in mind.

Bracelets creation covers a wide range of different styles and remains an extremely stimulating activity for any jeweler.

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August 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

999 silver in Mexico

Mexico is the world's largest producer of silver ore and a leading producer of silver jewelry.

This is why many wholesalers and suppliers of silver jewelry are in Mexico.

Silver metal is extracted as ores mixed with other rocks and ores and must be separated and refined in order to produce pure silver or 999 silver bullion.

This silver is then used for the manufacture of jewelry, to do this, it must be alloyed with other metals (usually copper) to obtain silver jewelry having a better mechanical resistance.

999 silver

August 21, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Ecological impact of gold and silver mining

It's this article published on the blog Brilliant Earth that challenged me, concerning the ecological and human impact of the extraction of gold in the world. Of course, as an online jeweler, I asked myself the question of the impact of the silver extraction, so I dug a little on the web and here are the elements that I could gather, don't hesitate to send me your comments.

Wild gold 

I won't repeat in detail the elements of the article cited, so I advise you to read it. Wild exploitation of gold is widespread in Africa and Latin America. It generates havoc on rivers and forests. It's the result of the exploitation of the alluvial gold, present in rivers, which requires the felling of trees, the creation of reservoirs of water and the pollution of this one by use of mercury used to amalgamate gold flakes. Mixing the sludge in the water also greatly reduces the amount of dissolved oxygen and causes the death of the aquatic fauna.

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August 21, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

How to make silver jewelry ?

To make an original gift, make a custom made jewel to the taste of the person is a sure way to please and surprise the recipient.

Whether you want to make a jewel on the animal theme like here, or have a custom made pendant (fr) or a personalized ring, we have detailed this in our blog articles mentioned.

Making a piece of jewelry requires knowing how to define the design of your jewel and find the right craftsman jeweler who can make the manufacture of it.

We are going to present you here how the design and manufacturing process takes place in our Vivalatina jewelry workshop.

bracelet for men

August 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Manufacture of magnetic silver clasps for leather bracelets

This project is our first achievement as a manufacturing service for a craftsman creating leather jewelry located in France (Brittany).

Olivier Lesaint is the manager and webmaster of the Made In Bretagne online jewelry shop offering handcrafted leather bracelets for men.

Seduced by his work and his website, we offered him to make his work known to our visitors.

From this discussion, Olivier's idea was born to propose a new range of luxury men's bracelets with personalized magnetic silver clasps.

magnetic silver clasps

August 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

How to solder silver ?

It is essential to know how to solder silver to make elaborate jewels.

However, in the majority of cases, when we talk about silver solder, it is an abuse of language : in reality we're doing a silver brazing.

In jewelry, we assemble silver coins by wetting them with silver solder. This silver solder will, by capillarity, run along the gap between the two parts and hold them together while cooling.

We invite you to discover this process in photos, by the work of a designer making silver jewelry.

Soldering

August 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Recycling 800 silver in pure silver

Since silver is a malleable precious metal, it's necessary to combine it with another metal (copper is the most commonly used metal) in order to increase its mechanical strength.

Silver 800 is the poorest alloy entitled to the term pure silver. Its brilliance is not comparable with that of sterling silver (or silver 925) or that of silver 950.

Beyond silver 800, the problem of recycling arises for all silver alloys, residues of the manufacture of silver jewelry : dust, chips and pieces of silver solder that are on the jeweler's workbench.

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August 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault