6 steps to revamping and bringing some life back to your family jewelry
2020-03-05

6 steps to revamping and bringing some life back to your family jewelry

Do you have a family heirloom that’s been sitting in your drawer for what feels like forever? Would you like to make it a touch more modern so you can wear it? How do you create the perfect piece of jewellery? Before coming to the jewellery store, explore Pinterest for some inspiration.

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INSPIRATION TO CREATE THE PERFECT PIECE OF JEWELRY

INSPIRATION TO CREATE THE PERFECT PIECE OF JEWELRY

Before thinking about revamping a piece of jewelry, have you thought about what you would want it to look like instead? What can you tell us about your likes and dislikes? If you have examples to share with us, you'll be 100% satisfied and happy with it.    On your next visit to La Force d’or, bring:  a drawing of the perfect design  a picture you found online or in a magazine  the piece of jewelry on which you want work done    Maybe you will be inspired by the jewelry we have at the counter?  We will be right here to provide advice and design the dream piece of jewelry.   

Remodeling old jewelry 

Find out how we can make the jewelry you forgot about into an indispensable inheritance. It is possible to start from old jewellery (by remodelling an existing one or using its stones to make another piece of jewellery). Remodelling is an environmentally friendly way to bring valuable collectibles back to life.    Our custom manufacturing turnaround times are good, but you will need to plan in advance to have your project ready on time: on average 4 to 6 weeks (subject to change without notice).
WAX AND MOLD THE IMPRINT OF YOUR DREAM JEWELRY

WAX AND MOLD THE IMPRINT OF YOUR DREAM JEWELRY

Moulding allows for a jewel to be reproduced several times. The mould is made of rubber or silicone and takes the impression of an object that you want transformed into a jewel.    If it is a custom-made model designed especially for you, we will always show you the wax result (or the 3D drawing) before proceeding to the next step. Some minor modifications are then possible at this stage before moving on to casting. 
USING CASTING TO PERFECTLY SHAPE METALS

USING CASTING TO PERFECTLY SHAPE METALS

Much like modeling clay, the waxes are attached together. They’re then placed in a container where a variety of gypsum plaster is poured. Once the plaster is dry, it’s heated to melt the wax and drain the plaster.     We then pour our gold or silver mixture into the plaster. Once tempered, we can take the metal out of the plaster and work it to our liking.
MAKE YOUR JEWELRY SHINE WITH CRIMPING (JOINING) AND ADDING THE FINISH

MAKE YOUR JEWELRY SHINE WITH CRIMPING (JOINING) AND ADDING THE FINISH

Once the ring is out of the plaster, it must be polished to remove any small imperfections.    If you have a ring, we like to make you try the band at this stage. If it isn’t the proper size, we can adjust it more easily than we can after the stones have been installed. Often, when making size adjustments, stones move from the band which requires crimping. Each stone must be carefully placed and anchored solidly.      We top the manufacturing process with some final polishing to bring out the colour and make the metal shine. When the ring is made of white gold, rhodium plating must also be applied to make the colour even whiter.    For an impeccable appearance, rhodium plating should be an annual process. Pay attention to the colour of your jewelry as it is affected by the acidity of your skin, the frequency the jewel comes into contact with water, soap, chemicals and wear.  

Avoid wasting gold and precious stones

Do you want to get rid of your old jewelry? Think of us! The Golden Forge buys gold (not the stones). However, the stones can be used for a second, unique manufacturing process. Don't hesitate to come and see us about this. We will be happy to create new pieces for you.   
OUR EXPRESS-ION JEWELRY COUNTER

OUR EXPRESS-ION JEWELRY COUNTER

You don't have time to wait to make your personalized ring or pendant? You can now choose pieces that are already in stock. The delay for manufacturing is two weeks. (subject to change without notice). We then start from a principle of assembly that you can see immediately, since we can handle the parts (bezel, base, stone) that are already cast in front of you. This offer is available so that you can quickly choose a final assembly that suits your taste. 

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