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Jewellery sculpting artisan Anthony

Anthony

Jewelry sculpting artisan

Before existing in gold and precious stones, some Haute Joaillerie creations are first made up in wax. And it is Anthony who carries out the sculpting thereof work, by applying his artistically gifted hands. Working from the drawing that is submitted to him, the jewelry sculptor uses his tools to create the first three-dimensional model of the jewelry to come. Once completed, it will serve as the mould in which a rough gold version will be replicated.

Anthony fully embodies what we call manual intelligence. For this Artisan specialized in wax sculpture, who joined our Haute Joaillerie workshops in 2006, working with his hands is more than just a skill, and more than just a profession: it is a passion. The challenge lies in transforming a two-dimensional drawing into an ephemeral sculpture carved in three dimensions from a block of wax. While the sketch served to highlight the color and intensity of the gems, the sculpture will reveal the volumes of the jewelry creation to be.

Anthony offers his own interpretation of the project with the help of his tools, fully expressing his creativity to transform what was hitherto only a dream into a palpable reality. As he carves away the wax to give shape to his model, however, Anthony appears to be immersed in a dream, as if he himself were becoming the object he is fashioning. When he makes a flower-shaped piece of jewelry, he becomes the flower and blooms in the same way. When it is an animal, he transforms himself into that animal and seeks to imitate its gestures and gait. Thanks to these dreams, Anthony lives a thousand lives! Once his sculpture is completed, it will resemble the future jewelry creation and will be used in the lost wax casting workshop to be melted down, giving way to a similar shape in gold.

"As a jewelry sculpting Artisan in Chopard’s Haute Joaillerie ateliers, my work is to give life to an idea, a sketch, a gemstone or just a theme. Even though this can involve lengthy research, it fulfills my vital need to work with my hands. I am driven by the idea that each second devoted to this quest for perfection is totally worth it."

Anthony, jewelry sculpting artisan

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ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: For me, working with my hands is a fundamental need.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: It's my passion and a large part of my life.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: My name is Anthony, I am a sculptor in high jewellery design for Chopard.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: I'm an interpreter, which means I am given a drawing, stone or theme.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: My job is to bring this idea to life.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: From this material, I need to produce a jewel, a sculpture, or a form.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: I think I put my entire being into sculpting a jewel.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN:So when I'm sculpting an animal, for example, that's slightly fantastic or acrobatic, I become the figure, I become the animal.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: I look for the angle or pose that is the most evocative, as energetic and graceful as a dancer.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: So as to convey and reflect an emotion.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: At Chopard, nothing's set in stone.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: It's a collective effort and I draw on all the opinions around me.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: It's a combination of everything we want the jewel to be.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: It is an endless search.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: Some creations take a long time, but every second and minute is spent knowingly.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: It needs to be beautiful, it needs to be poetic.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: I really believe that when we own a jewel, it carries a part of ourselves in it, as well as the influence of the person who sculpted, made or crafted it.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: It's a kind of artefact or talisman.

ANTHONY JEWELLER-SCULPTOR ARTISAN: My passion and drive for sculpting jewellery: I'd love to see it echoed internally, or further afield, or in others, because with all this technological progress, I sense we're losing craftsmanship and, for me, sculpting jewellery for Chopard helps maintain the flame of craftsmanship, which must never go out.

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Anthony, jewelry sculpting artisan

« When one owns a piece of jewelry, it contains not only a part of its owner, but also a part of the Artisan who crafted it. In short, a jewel is a talisman. »


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