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On the Bench : Galaxies

Posted on 30 November 2016

Our galaxy collection has developed into a real favorite with our customers - organic yet modern with a random smattering of diamonds... They might look minimal, but each piece is completely hand crafted on the bench from start to finish. Here's a glimpse into the process!

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On nearly all of our galaxy pieces we use recycled  14k or 18k yellow, white, or rose gold.

This metal is cleaned, weighed, and then melted down into a molten blob.

J Albrecht Designs - Galaxies on the Bench   J Albrecht Designs - Galaxies on the Bench

 

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The next stage is to roll down these 'blobs' of gold through our rolling mill, until they become the thickness and size that is envisioned for the piece:

 

J Albrecht Designs - Galaxies on the Bench

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Now for the facets you see on the sides - all of these facets are sanded down one by one, using an artistic eye to shape the size and angle so they look random and organic, yet elegant and intentional.
The sanding disc used to shape these edges leaves heavy scratch marks, so each facet then needs to be polished individually using a rubber wheel to get these out!

 

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And as you can see, working on the bench means a manicure lasts a matter of hours, not weeks - bench life!

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 The most creative part of the process comes with the layout of the diamonds - this is done individually and by eye. The objective? Make them look randomly scattered, yet balanced and enchanting...

J Albrecht Designs - Galaxies on the Bench

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Once happy with the layout, each diamond is marked so that the holes can be drilled and the diamonds flush set - patience and attention to detail are essential:

J Albrecht Designs - Galaxies on the Bench   J Albrecht Designs - Galaxies on the Bench

 

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Time for the finishing touches! Our worn matte finish is applied to the flat sides, and one final polish to the edges. Bails are soldered onto pendants, ear hooks attached to earrings, and our logo engraved on the back - we stand behind our work here and are proud to mark each piece with our logo.

 

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So you're thinking 'Finally, they're finished!', and yes they are....

J Albrecht Designs - Galaxies on the bench

But! There are still a few steps left.... 

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Pricing and photography are the final stages in the process, and should not be overlooked! Both as important as the making of the piece itself, these allow us to convey the beauty and value of every piece we make...

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J Albrecht Designs - Galaxies on the bench

 

The only thing left is to find a new loving home for our jewelry - the best part!

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