GRAND DESIGNS NEED CRAFTSMANSHIP"We cast using the lost-wax method" says Jasmijn, team member.
"We start by building a support called a tree (because it looks like a tree trunk with branches) on which we attach the wax models. The build up needs to be done carefully so we won't break the delicate wax pieces. The tree is placed in a steel mould that is filled with plaster. A night's stay in a hot oven burns out the wax leaving a negative imprint of the modelled tree in the dried plaster. We then pour 1000°C melted gold into the mould. When cooled the cast tree is held under a high pressure shower to wash away the plaster and voilà there you have the jewels ! Now off to the artisans for the grooming and finishing, the stone setting and the polishing.
Can't wait for the client to see the final result !"