New Victorian Sapphires
New Victorian Sapphires
New Victorian Sapphires

New Victorian Sapphires

Regular price $780.00 Sale

Meet the New Era of classic, iconic style.

These gorgeous, rich blue Sapphires are tiered and set at a gentle angle, to emulate that classic steeped mount of many a timeless vintage piece, revived with this contemporary setting style, the Sapphires cast in place and brought to life with my signature, hand-laid texture, to create a shimmering, light catching surface.

Each and every ring is hand made to order, and created using a unique and pretty extraordinary technique called cast in place. I am a lost wax carver - an ancient Egyptian art form of carving sculpture into wax, or in this instance jewelry, that is then set into heatproof plaster, and fired in a kiln allowing the wax to melt away leaving a cavity in the plaster, for molten metal to be poured in. It is called lost wax because that one original carving is then forever lost. The process is nothing short of a gamble, there is a humbling element of chance involved, and this is all part of what makes the process so thrilling. Now lets up the stakes with precious stones... 

The technique of adding stones to the wax carving is known as "Cast in Place", using heat to sink stones into the wax, and carving out little stone beds to build up wax around the stones, I work these gems into my carvings, allowing the heat to lead and the stones to fall where they will. The goal is this sweet spot where there is enough space around the stone to allow the plaster to pin it in place during the burnout, and enough wax around the stone to hold it secure once cast, but sparingly enough to create a unique and visually precarious setting, without a traditional bezel or prong setting. 

Every one is unique to the next, the stones have their own spectrum of diversity, and the natural ebb and flow of the wax makes for an organic sense of movement and equilibrium. Not all stones will survive this process, it's only possible with Diamonds, Sapphires, Ruby's, Garnets and a few brave souls I dare to throw in to the mix. And anything can happen in the cast... 

The ring photographed is cast in 10karat yellow gold, an understated personal favorite of mine, and five stones matched for color and tapered in size are set clustered together. I hand make every piece, so custom requests are welcome!

Made with love, made with heat. 

xJM