jewellery production techniques

To better acquaint you with the nature of the jewellery on this site, we've prepared this page describing some of the techniques used.

Fusing

In this process silver or gold are joined together with heat by allowing touching surfaces to melt and therefore fuse.




Titanium

Colour on titanium can be produced by an oxide layer that forms when the metal is anodised at a specific voltage level. These layers refract light differently - an effect that reaches the eyes in a rainbow of colours. It is a richly colourful form of patination.




Koru

These designs are inspired by the traditional Maori symbol of growth and life. It depicts a young fern and represents peace, harmony and new beginnings.





Reticulation

Process by which metal is made to draw itself into ridges and valleys, creating a unique texture. Sterling silver or reticulation silver is heated many times to just below its melting point, then finally more heat is applied which causes the fine silver on the surface to move and twist.




Shibuichi

Is an alloy consisting of fine silver and copper. The first known use of this alloy was during the Han Dynasty in China.





Mokume-gane

In Japanese, mokume-gane means wood grain metal. Alternating layers of sterling silver and copper or sterling silver and 22ct gold are bonded together. Patterns are produced by bumping up or gouging the surface and then filed to reveal the pattern. The random pattern layers have solid sterling silver backing. No two pieces are ever exactly alike

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