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
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Lapland jewelry, between tradition and modernity

Lapland is a northern European country, spreading over four countries, from west to east: Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. On these lands where the cold and a great nature reign, lives for millennia the Sami people.

Lappish jewel

September 05, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

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 — 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.

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 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

September 02, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

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.


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.

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.


August 21, 2019 — Hugo Maherault
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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