About Laura Márquez’s Gallery
If you live in Spain and love art jewelry, you will have heard about Laura Marquez’s Gallery for sure. For those of you who have never heard about her, let us clarify that Laura Márquez is a renowned jeweller, expert gemologist and well-respected teacher with a long professional career and her own art jewelry gallery in Madrid since 1999.
My partner Irene López and I are most pleased to announce that some selected jewelry pieces from our Machinarium Collection are going to be exhibited at Laura Marquez’s Gallery until the end of February 2014. Taking advantage of the fact that not only art jewelry may be found at Laura Marquez’s Gallery, but also works of art of many other disciplines (painting, sculpture, etc.), an opening reception will take place on Thursday 12th December featuring our Machinarium Collection and the outstanding paintings of Natália Ruiz Llopart, a really promising multidisciplinary artist from Barcelona.
Why the Machinarium Collection?
Decimononic’s Machinarium Collection has been selected due to:
It seems like only yesterday when we started Decimononic as experimental project, but more than three years have gone since August 2010. Therefore, this seems a good moment to look back and set everything in order to beging working in new directions.
This is a very brief blog post to announce that all the Steampunk-inspired fine jewelry pieces we have created during this time have been regrouped in a singular collection: the Machinarium Collection.
We are very happy to share with you this simple video that offers a panoramic view of the Machinarium Collection, hope you like it!
More exciting news very soon!
We have previously spoken about the inspiration of our Shikra Pendant, but we have not shared with you its manufacturing process.
Did you know that an apparently simple result like this requires some ‘geometrical magic’? The reason is that setting a watch movement like this one is not so easy as it could seem because it is asymmetric: due to its wider base (the watch face), a mere parallel side is not useful to achieve a perfect adjustment.
This means that we have to take into account its inclination, following the same procedure used to create crown and collet settings. Let’s sum it up:
- Draw an accurate side view of the watch using real measurements in a piece of paper.
- Extend the sides to meet, set a compass centered in the meeting point and draw an arc in the superior and inferior sides of the watch. That will be a cone pattern.
- Cut the cone pattern in paper and glue it on a sterling silver sheet. Cut the pattern in silver with a jeweler’s saw.
- Bend the cone side, close it and solder it.
- True up the cone on a mandrel to give it its final shape.
The result of following these steps carefully is a bezel that can be exactly adjusted to get the following result:
It is hard to believe that a whole year has gone by, as it seems like only yesterday when we presented our Tempus Fugit Collection of artisan sterling silver cufflinks with vintage watch movements. This collection offered three different models taking three classical forms as point of departure: Alpha (round), Beta (rectangular) and Gamma (romboid).
Inspired by its success, we have decided to develop it with new elements: rings and earrings (yes, this Steampunk jewelry collection on steroids!). We wanted to keep the same spirit, looking for:
- Uncompromising quality: artisan sterling silver jewelry made using traditional silversmith techniques.
- Minimalistic and timeless design, perfect for both everyday use and to stand out in any special occasion.
- Steampunk inspiration with a touch of the past, retrieving these delightful silver-colored vintage watch movements.
Feel free to have a look at the complete Tempus Fugit Collection and tell us what you think about the result. Would you like to see any other kind of jewelry piece added to this collection? We will be most pleased to hear from you!
I know I don’t write here very often, in fact this is my first post. The truth is that I could not miss this chance to explain the techniques I followed to develop this marvellous piece of work.
As part of our research activity in the field of Steampunk jewelry, in the first part of this blog post we presented a brief theoretical explanation of the concept of handmade jewelry (if you have not read it yet we invite you to do it now!). As foreseen, time has come to go into detail with an example: the manufacturing process of the Time Seal Ring.
1.- Inspiration and design: Signet ring with a Steampunk touch
Are you wondering why we have chosen the name Time Seal Ring for this piece? It is because we were inspired by the classical designs of signet rings (from Latin “signum” meaning sign). This tradition goes back to ancient Egypt, as the distinctive personal signature was not developed in antiquity and most documents needed a seal. Used to attest the authority of its bearer, signet rings have been seen as symbols of power and/or membership attributes. The use of a rose-coloured vintage movement brings in the ‘time’ factor in a classy way.
There is no need to clarify that the Time Seal Ring is not intended to seal anything, but to become your very own personal totem!
Reminder.- Only the jewelry pieces assembled and formed solely by hand power/guidance (as opposite to the use of machinery) should be called ‘handmade’.