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 — Hugo Maherault
Tags: Mexico

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

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
Tags: Various

Reproduction of antique jewelry

Our jewelry creation activity leads us to reproduce from time to time copies of old jewelry.

These reproductions, faithful or inspired by ancient jewelry designs allow us to dive into ancient cultures and sometimes rediscover ancient manufacturing methods.

We offer you a small overview of the different jewelry reproduction projects that we have been able to carry out since 2012.

Fatma hand pendant

September 05, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Animal jewelry creation

Because animals accompany us on a daily basis, they are often represented in the form of jewelry.

This is not new.

Since antiquity, because they symbolize deity or affection, the man has carried animal effigies in the form of pendants, bracelets or rings.

Whether they are wild animals that fascinate us, pets or sports, there are many topics of representation that we will present here.

jaguar brooch silver opal creation

September 04, 2019 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

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.

Snake gold bracelet Greek snake bracelet
September 04, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

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

September 04, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Greek jewelry

Greece is one of the most important civilizations in history.


His influence has significantly changed our societies in a multitude of areas. We owe him, for example, democracy, his mythology still fascinates us today, his cultural and historical heritage has crossed the borders.

It was therefore logical that the Greek artistic domain should be as well: painting, sculpture, architecture, ... and of course goldsmithing, which we still rely on today for our jewelry.

Ancient Greek arm bracelet

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

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

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

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.

silver bracelet silver bracelet turquoise silver bracelet
silver bracelet lapis lazuli silver bracelet silver bracelet stones
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.

mine

August 21, 2019 — Hugo Maherault
Tags: Various

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.

bench pin

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

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

Natural diamond vs. synthetic diamond : what impact ? - Infographic

At the beginning, synthetic diamonds were primarily intended for industry. With technological advances of recent years their quality now equals natural gemstones, to the point that it's impossible to distinguish them with the naked eye.

But the arrival of synthetic diamonds on the jewelry market is a threat for Africa, which is largely absent in this developing market.

Blood diamonds

August 15, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Guide to cheap diamond ring

If you're about to celebrate your engagement or your wedding, you're definitely looking to offer a diamond ring for the event.

Diamond being eternal and the most fashionable precious stone for more than 80 years now, it's logically the stone of choice to adorn a ring that will wear your wife all her life.

Far from being economical, diamond is beautiful and indeed the most expensive precious stone.

So how to marry your diamond cravings with a limited budget ?

cheap diamond ring pink gold

August 14, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Fake diamond vs synthetic diamond, what differences ?

Since its discovery, diamond has fascinated men.

While the origin of its exploitation dates back to 3000 years in India, it is its exceptional hardness that first made it famous and pushed men to confer magical powers, using it as an amulet carried in the form of raw diamond.

While today diamond is best known for its brilliance, it wasn't until the mid-fourteenth century before diamond cutting techniques developed.

Previously, diamonds worn in jewelry had an opaque diamond appearance like the one shown in the following photo.

Raw natural diamond

August 12, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Diamond carat : weight unit used in jewelry

Whether you're looking for a diamond to mount it on a ring, a jewel or invest, you're certainly wondering :

What is the diamond carat ?

This full article offers all the explanations on the subject :

  1. Definition and explanation of diamonds carat
  2. Evaluation of diamond carat price
  3. Measurement, calculation and equivalence between size and carat weight of diamonds

diamond carat measure

August 12, 2019 — Hugo Maherault