It was while traveling through Asia that one of our buyers discovered a Ruby ring that was decorated beautifully with a fine filigree design on both the inside and the outside of ring. The ring was stunning, comfortable and unique. When the maker of the ring was asked why so much detail went to parts of the ring that would never be seen, he replied:
“There is much beauty in what is not seen.”
The artists who design jewellery are not limited to the surface of things. A growing trend of jewellery designersand artisans is choosing to work by hand with precious metals in a world dominated by machines. Today’s gifted jewellers are using tools and techniques for stone settings and goldsmithing that date back centuries. The intricate process behind fine jewelry is also seen in the watchmaking trade. Watchmakers from Ulysse Nardin, Patek Philippe and others spend as much time on the beauty of the watch movement as they do on the watch dials. Watch parts that will never be seen by the wearer are polished to exacting standards. Jewellers, watchmakers and artisans of all disciplines are discovering new methods of creative expression. This is especially the case at the John Hardy brand where they have stayed true to the authentic jewellery making techniques of the Balinese royal courts— chain-weaving, hand-hammering precious metals, carving intricate back-grille scenes inspired by nature, and the textured jawan motif, traditionally found in the decoration of sacred objects.
At Island Jewellers we pride ourselves on discovering these unique brands, designers and artisans. We look for those companies whose philosophy of sustainable luxury business practices works in concert with developing future jewelers and watchmakers through apprenticeship programs. We will continue to seek out those brands where beauty is sought both inside and out.