Omani Jewelry works with a lot of Israeli artisans that utilize a bevy of jewelry making techniques to create unique and fantastic designs. On this week's post, we would like to share some of our knowledge straight from artisans and lapidarists- a person that works with gems and stones, on what processes they use, and how some of your favorite designs are created.
Filigree Jewelry: Is an ancient technique, with Latin origins, "filum" meaning thread, and "granum" as grain. This rendering uses thin metal strands, and then weaving them into intricate designs that resemble lace.
Repoussé Jewelry: Just like embossing on paper, this technique involves hammering a design to a sheet of metal to create a relief pattern. It is the oldest metal smithing technique used in pre-historic jewelry making as you can create a wide variety of designs with just malleable metals and a hammer.
Bezel Setting: There are many ways to set gemstones, but the most secure and classic technique is called bezel setting, as it enrobes the gem to keep it safe from scratches and getting snagged by clothes.
Jump Ring Attachment: It involves soldering a piece of circular wire to attach a set gem piece to another, this is the most secure way to create a pendant or dangling earrings, even a series of gems together to create a necklace or bracelets.
These are just some examples of Omani Jewelry's favorite artisan techniques. Do you have any others that you'd like to share? Leave us a comment and we can maybe share some examples from our extensive list or feature one from a new collection real soon.