We want you to be in the know about what we’re working on and how we do it. We are regularly posting images of our work, process, surroundings and inspiration on Instagram. Featured here are some of our recent projects that provide a little insight into our process for creating jewelry.
1. Sourcing Stones
The first step in this creative process is to look through our collection of stones – searching to find the one stone that has the perfect combination of shape, color, cut and transparency to complement the piece of jewelry we have in mind. Featured in this image are tanzanite, rubies, paraiba tourmalines and diamond slices.
Next, we design the piece with hand drawn sketches that highlight the integration of the materials. All of the elements must work together to form a completed piece that is visually appealing from all angles. Along with the hand drawings, we often use computer-assisted drawings (CAD programs) to create additional renderings of the pieces. This sketch shows a green tourmaline ring in 18k gold with pave diamonds and hand engraving.
3. Wax Carvings
Once we have worked out the final design through our sketches, we create the piece out of wax. We mold the wax by hand to the desired shape and texture of the final piece. Using the lost wax casting process, we create a mold around the wax carving into which we then pour the liquid metal to form the final piece.
4. Finished Product
Voila! All of our hard work pays off when we see the piece of jewelry in its final state.
Be sure to follow Ashley Morgan on Instagram to learn more about our process and to get a sneak peak of our latest projects.