Traditional handmade jewellery has become a lost art in recent years with many people not aware of the quality of what they are purchasing or the differences between unique, handmade jewellery and mass-produced jewellery made with casts.
Cast-made jewellery is now commonplace amongst many jewellers and retail outlets. The process involves using a computer aided design program (CAD) for the design, a mould is then printed out by a 3D printer. The hot liquid metal is poured into the mould and once set the mass-produced item is complete. The end result is a piece of jewellery that is around 20% lighter in weight, often being hollowed out or thinned to save on metal costs. The metals have not been worked as much as a handmade piece and thus are weaker and of less quality.
Handmade jewellery uses metals in greater quantity making it heavier and increasing its life span. The more a metal is worked the more compact the metal becomes, making it stronger, more durable and of higher quality. Hand-forged jewellery requires extreme skill and precision as well as a significant investment of time by the jeweller, cementing the piece with significance that cannot be matched. Knowing that a piece was uniquely designed and created for someone special adds so much more sentimentality for both the giver and receiver.
Steve is a perfectionist and takes enormous pride in his work. Each piece is a unique, one-of-a-kind design and the whole process is skillfully handmade from start to finish to the highest quality.