Upon approaching Laura's workbench in our Haute Joaillerie workshops, one would think one was discovering a veritable treasure trove of sparkling and colourful objects. But make no mistake, the abundance of masterpieces to be found there are in fact no more valuable than imitations made for opera costume jewellery! A jewellery model-making artisan exercising her talents in our workshops since 2018, Laura shapes these models using pewter and crystals. They will guide the work of the other Artisans in crafting the actual model from gemstones and precious metals .
Trained in drawing from a very young age, our jewellery model-making Artisan is an interpreter of beauty. Her mission is to give shape to the jewels sketched by the designers in order to create their first three-dimensional representation. There are no gold and diamonds for Laura, as she works with pewter, an extremely malleable metal that she can fashion more swiftly according to her ideas and her interpretation of the model. Unlike the jewellery sculpting Artisan who uses wax, she has the option of enhancing her model with white or coloured crystals, which simulate precious stones and give a rough idea of the brilliance and colours that the real jewel will have. This is extremely useful for those who will have to select the stones used according to their size and colour for the original model.
This model will be used by the workshop manager, lapidaries, jewellers and gemsetters to understand the shapes and specific characteristics of the piece of jewellery to come during its production. Such important preparatory work saves a lot of time for the entire workshop and makes the project much easier to visualise, since they follow the three-dimensional ‘template’ that Laura's expertise has enabled her to prepare with the utmost precision.