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Lapis Lazuli Stone

Lapis lazuli is a stone used for more than 7000 years in many artistic fields such as painting, sculpture, jewelery, ...

Its name of ultramarine blue is given to it since 5th century in Europe when one spoke about this rare and precious blue come from beyond the seas.

Lapis lazuli stone

Its name comes from the Latin "lapis" which means "stone" and Arabic Andalusian "azul" itself from Persian "lasaward" which means "blue".

Here is a short summary about lapis lazuli and its geographical and historical journey :

September 12, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

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.

life tree pendant flower of life pendant cross of life pendant
necklace gold emerald choker necklace necklace gold blue sapphire

September 09, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Authentic Aztec patterns

This year's fashion is an opportunity to see Aztec symbols flourish on all the possible accessories that fashion can touch, and we can see Aztec motifs blooming everywhere that do not have much to do with the historical patterns.

The representation of the patterns that we see is often simplistic and stereotype Aztec culture in frescoes made of squares and triangles. As we will see, the Aztec representations were much richer than that.

We accompany you to learn more about the Aztec patterns and their meaning. The latter, after saturating the fashion print is about to disappear a time stores, perhaps allowing people to rediscover the authentic symbolic expression Aztec.

ceramic aztec patterns

September 06, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Measure Your Wrist

When buying a bracelet online, it is important for your comfort to choose the length of your bracelet; so that it is not too tight around your wrist or too loose not to wander around your forearm.

Once you know your wrist size, you just need to add an extra 1 to 3 cm (depending on your comfort) to know the ideal size of your flexible bracelet.

This method works for both women's and men's bracelets.

Measure wrist

The first, easiest way to measure your wrist circumference is to use a tape measure, wrapped around your wrist, it gives you an exact measure of the size of it.

The other way is to cut a strip of paper or use a cord that wraps around your wrist, where you usually wear your bracelets.

Make a pencil line on the cord or on the paper ribbon, then measure with a flat ruler the line length to line.

However the tape measure method is easier to implement, it is the one that I advise you.

September 06, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Fabergé egg : the price of excess

Fabergé, a mythical name.

Fabergé eggs : a world reference throughout history for fine jewelry.

Fabergé was an exceptional jeweler working for the greatest crowned heads and the most fortunate, yet his destiny brought him to ruin because of the Bolshevik revolution.

No piece of jewelry in the world has been surrounded by so much pomp, misfortune, chance and mystery following their sale, their loss and rediscovery.

Fabergé eggs are certainly the most intriguing jewelry pieces of all because of their fascinating history, from their creation to their record-breaking auctions.

Faberge egg with pearls

September 05, 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

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

To solder silver, it takes two pieces in pure silver (925 or 950 in the case of this example) and silver solder.

It's also necessary to use a liquid facilitating the solder, it cleans the areas of solder and avoids the oxidation of the latter, we generally use the Borax.

Silver solder is an alloy of silver and copper that has a lower melting temperature than the pure silver we are trying to solder. It's less pure silver than the sterling silver we work.

August 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Hallmarks in silver jewelry

Hallmark of a jewel or a precious metal object (gold, silver or platinum) is the official guarantee of the title (its degree of purity) of the considered metal.

These precious metals have common characteristics : they're very resistant to oxidation, they have an incomparable brilliance, and above all they are ductile, malleable.

Therefore, it's necessary to combine them with other metals in order to increase their mechanical strength and to be able to use them in the form of jewels or pieces of silverware.

hallmarking

Silver is commonly alloyed with copper; and gold with zinc, nickel, copper, or silver. It's in order to find your way among this range of precious alloys that hallmarks have appeared. Hallmarks are a guarantee of the title of the jewel's metal or object of art.

August 19, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

How to test silver and recognize fake jewels

We usually recognize sterling silver by testing it with acid.

Many jewels are sold claiming to be sterling silver but are fake jewels, namely an economical 925 silver plated metal.

A popular method for testing silver jewelry is that of the touchstone.

silver testing with touchstone

August 16, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Silver melting

Many women with a silver jewelry collection also have a collection of silver chains and bracelets broken or damaged to continue wearing them. The advantage of solid silver jewelry is that they never lose the metal value that composes them.

It's easy to melt these jewelry scraps into a silver nugget that can be resold or reused to make a new silver jewelry at a lower cost.

Casting

 

August 16, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Black diamond : a price equal to the mystery of its origin

Black diamond is also called Carbonado.

Black diamonds are much older than white diamonds or colored diamonds on earth, but their discovery is recent since it dates from the mid-nineteenth century (find out more) and the interest of the public and jewelers is even more.

First black diamonds were used in jewelry in the twentieth century only and it's only very recently that they have really started to gain value in the gemstone market.

Black raw diamond

If the process of diamond formation is well known and understood by scientists and gemologists, the origin of black diamonds is still surrounded by mysteries.

Indeed, white and colored diamonds (there are blue, yellow, green and pink diamonds ...) are formed in the bowels of the earth under conditions of very high temperature and pressure, between 150 and 250 kilometers of depth in the Earth's mantle.

Therefore, only volcanic eruptions are likely to "bring us" these diamonds to the surface. This is why diamonds are always associated with kimberlite, a volcanic rock.

Rough black diamonds are found outside volcanic rocks, and black diamond mines are scattered on Earth, so the most recent scientific theories place the formation of black diamonds in space.

They would have arrived on Earth brought by meteorites during the formation of it it is more than 2 billion years. Read this article to learn more about the subject.

The two main sources of black diamonds in the world today are Brazil and the Central African Republic, formerly stuck together when only one continent, the pangea, emerged from the waters 200 million years ago. (Jurassic era).

August 07, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Authenticity certificate of diamond

The authenticity certificate of diamond is an official document issued by an independent laboratory that guarantees the quality of the diamond you plan to buy.

The certificate is issued by an independent body of your diamond dealer. It guarantees the characteristics of the diamond that is presented to you, which characteristics justify the price of the diamond.

authenticity certificate diamonds

Each laboratory certifying diamonds has its own certificate design, but the information presented is very similar from one lab to another.

It includes a report number and diamond grading according to the 4C diamond rating (for more information on diamond 4C).

This report is tamper-proof since it can be consulted online on the site of the transmitting laboratory in order to verify that the inscriptions of the paper certificate correspond to the original report archived by the laboratory.

In the case of the certificate issued by the GIA presented here, the report data can be verified on the GIA website with the report number : 5186977170 available online here.

All certificates consist of different blocks of information. It contains the report number issued by the laboratory, the main block of information relating to diamond grading and additional information on the diamond and its optical properties and finally the international scales of assessment of diamond quality.

August 06, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS
Tags: Diamond

Rings and mens rings in 24k gold

Yellow gold is the most desired of the precious metal in jewelry, because of the heat of its glare, it has no equal.

Most family rings or signet rings are in 18-karat gold, but it is normal for exceptional jewels or signet rings that will remain for generations in the family to want a gold of the highest purity, of 24 karats.

Precision, 24-karat gold is necessarily yellow since it is not mixed with any other metal likely to change its color.

So there is no chance to find 24 karats white gold, pink or black gold. The only way to change 24k gold color if plating it with white or black rhodium.

24k gold nugget for jewelry making and mens ring creation

Pure gold is an ideal theoretical gold.

It is also called fine gold or 24 karats gold. For the definition of gold karat, I refer you to this article on the subject.

Gold is usually mined mixed with other metals, so to obtain pure gold, rough godl nuggets are refined through an industrial process.

April 24, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Custom mens biker ring

Biker clubs always have their emblem, worn as well on their leather jacket, tattooed on the body or worn proudly on a jewel.

In this case, this is a silver biker ring that receives the logo of the club, the sponsor belonging to a motorcycle club.

Their emblem depicts a custom pirate style skull with crossbones and a pirate headband on one of the skull's orbits.

biker logo for skull ring design

April 19, 2019 — Nicolas Tranchant

Men's black onyx rings

Onyx stone is a fine stone that is neither rare nor precious, yet onyx is the most popular stone for making men's signet rings.

Much more than the signet rings with amethyst stone or turquoise.

As you certainly know, signet rings are the type of men's favorite ring. From a massive historical heritage, they give volume allowing all forms of customization possible.

We present here various achievements of men's signet rings adorned with a natural onyx stone.

intaglio onyx cross silver ring gold and diamond ring with black onyx stone
April 16, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

How to wear a signet ring ?

The signet ring is a jewel of ancient origin, historically used by both women and men.

This is one of the few jewels that had a practical utility function, as it served as proof of identification, like today's digital signatures, in order to seal the letters with a wax seal. and legal acts (marriage, inheritance ...).

large gold signet ring for men

If the wearing of the signet ring meets the aesthetic and fashion today, precise rules governed the wearing of signet rings for the nobles during the Middle Ages.

The wearing of the signet ring changes according to the country, the sex and the time.

Here's how you find it, starting with a review of the fingers of your hand 

April 12, 2019 — Nicolas Tranchant

Catholic religious gold ring

As you certainly know, religion is a great source of inspiration for the making of jewelry and many museums exhibit ancient religious jewelry, evidence that over the centuries men have worn on their religious symbols under jewelry form.

The religious symbols are most often worn as a pendant, however, it is quite possible to gather some symbols into a coherent design for the making of a ring or signet ring.

In the specific case of this jewel, it is the making of a Christian signet ring with an oval-shaped tray for a man, gathering several Christian symbols engraved in relief on the plate and the amounts of the ring.

catholic religious ring in gold

The religious symbols found on this ring are numerous. We find there:

  • Chi-Rho
  • The eye of Providence
  • The M surmounted by a cross
  • The heart of Jesus and the heart of Mary
  • The crown of thorns

Chi-Rho is a primitive Christian symbol dating back to the fourth century AD, composed of the first two Greek letters of Jesus Christ and surrounded by alpha and omega.

April 10, 2019 — Nicolas Tranchant

How to measure ring size

Knowing your ring size is a prerequisite for any ring or wedding ring purchase, whether it's a custom-made ring or not.

We offer below two methods to measure your ring finger size, which are both simple and fast.

This measure is made in millimeters as this is the simplest way to measure your ring or finger size.

Please check out the ring chart below to get the correspondence between your ring size in millimeters and the ring size used in your country (whereas USA or UK).

We also explain why French jewelers use millimeters to measure the ring size to ease the ring making process.

determining my ring size measuring

October 19, 2018 — Hugo Maherault

Chakana: Inca cross pendant (22k gold)

Anyone who has traveled to Peru, especially to visit the Inca remains, has seen the pattern of Chakana ("Tawa Chakana" in Quechua) during his journey.

This square cross is a symbol of Inca culture that can be found both on ancient textiles, painted on ceramics and carved on secular walls.

Symbolizing the Southern Cross, it has a cosmological and religious meaning, it says a lot about the conception of the Inca world.

chakana cross from peru

Inca cross also called Chakana having served as a model for this making (source)

As I have been traveling in Peru in 2007, I went to Cusco among many other places and enjoyed the discovery of Inca culture. That's why I am particularly excited to propose Peruvian jewelry on the shop and making this kind of typical Inca cross symbol through our service of custom made jewelry.

By the time, we had the opportunity of making a wide range of Chakana cross in different styles as shown here:

January 08, 2018 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

How to clean gold jewelry (25 easy tips)

Gold is an unalterable precious metal, sought after for its unparalleled brilliance and durability, yet you may have noticed that your gold jewels tarnished over time.

How is it possible ?

The sweat of our body, the dust, the friction affect the brilliance of the gold by dirtying it or damaging its polishing.

Your lifestyle therefore affects the brilliance of your gold jewelry.

 

January 08, 2018 — Nicolas Tranchant
Tags: Gold Jewelry

Meaning of 24 karat gold purity

Gold is the most valued precious metal in jewelery, much more than platinum.

French demand for solid gold jewelry is 6 times larger than for platinum jewelery.

Given the respective prices of these precious metals, the purity index in gold - or platinum - alloys used in the manufacture of jewelry has a significant impact on the price of these.

Their purity is expressed in carats (historical measure) or in thousandths (official measure for France).

January 04, 2018 — Nicolas Tranchant
Tags: Gold Jewelry

The different colors of gold used in jewelry

If you are looking for a gold jewel and are looking to find out more about this precious metal, you may feel a bit lost in any of the colors that gold jewelry can take.

Indeed, depending on the composition of the alloy, the gold can be white, pink, green or even black if we consider the modern surface treatments.

These are in all 9 different shades given to gold according to its composition or the surface treatment received.

different colors of gold in jewelry

January 03, 2018 — Nicolas Tranchant
Tags: Gold Jewelry

What is white gold made of ?

White gold is currently the most popular of all gold alloys, especially for engagement rings and wedding rings.

Fashion question certainly.

However, few people really know what white gold is made of.

bague en or blanc

January 02, 2018 — Nicolas Tranchant
Tags: Gold Jewelry

Mexican turquoise jewelry

The Indians of pre-Columbian America are known for their religious artifacts, sculptures and turquoise jewelry.

It is believed that it was the Toltecs who developed and controlled the turquoise stone trade in the area that was later to become Mexico.

All Amerindian civilizations have either rubbed shoulders with each other, or succeeded one another, so that there have been enormous influences from one to the other of these civilizations.

Which, throughout Mesoamerica, lead to the manufacture of jewelery, works of art. craftsmanship using turquoise, a stone considered precious by the Aztecs, Mayans and Toltecs, who valued it more than gold.

Read this interesting article on cultural exchanges between Amerindian civilizations.

January 01, 2018 — Hugo Maherault