What is Filigree?

Posted on November 16, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

Filigree is an ancient metal working technique that spans millennia and world cultures..... created by twisting, curling or plaiting fine and pliable precious metal wires into an intricate design.

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What Are Cameos & How Are They Made?

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

cameo broochHand-carved cameos are guaranteed to be unique since no shell or piece of agate is alike. The artist determines the best place to feature the carving by studying the layers and threads of color in the raw material. The design is outlined in pencil, carefully carved, and then polished. Since the process requires immense control and skill, cameos artists who follow traditional techniques are few and far between.

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What Is A Bezel Setting?

Posted on July 08, 2014 by Mary Hood | 0 Comments

The bezel setting, also known as a rub over setting in diamond rings, is one of the most secure ways to wear a precious stone. Simply put, a bezel setting is little metal cup that surrounds the edge of a stone while the rim of the metal cup holds the stone in place. The setting is soldered into place on the rest of the piece.

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