Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Pearls.
It is a myth that a pearl is created by grains of sand penetrating the shell of an oyster. Most pearls have at their centre a tapeworm larva that the oyster has inadvertently consumed. It deals with the parasite by spraying it with the same excretion , nacre, that it uses to coat the inside of it’s shell. The oyster then continues to spray and coat the larva for the rest of it’s life, so the larger the pearl the longer it’s host has lived.
Only one in 10,000 oysters will yield a pearl of good quality, sufficient enough to count as a jewel.
Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Engagement Rings.
We had recently purchased a 3.12ct certified Oval Sapphire and our Designer liked the idea of making an antique style engagement ring using this beautiful stone. After producing sketches of the design and discussions with our Jeweller, the manufacturing process begins. You can start to see the dimensions and aesthetics of how the final piece will look. Half Moon shaped diamonds will sit either side of the Sapphire, and where you see the black pen drawn onto the oval plate, this will be cut out to reveal an intricate scroll design on the underside of the setting. We can’t wait to see the final product!
Arlington & Co. Hatton Garden – Bespoke Jewellery.
After a nice rest over the Christmas period, our in-house Designer is brimming full of ideas for 2014 jewellery designs.
Our first project of the year is a ‘Pug’ ring. An Arlington & Co. client has commissioned a ring to be made in memory of her Pug dog.
We are supplied with numerous pictures of our subject and start carving a design in wax……
The wax is then used to create a silver casting for our Jeweller to work on, to make the piece more detailed and wearable. Watch this space for our silver casting…..