At 13 Heping Street in Paris, this ancient Cartier store that has never been relocated for more than 100 years, climbed up the stairs with dark red carpet, and came to the century-old store’s ‘ ‘Loft’ is where Cartier’s Fine Jewelry Workshop is located. All the dazzling and unique Cartier fine jewelry are born here. It represents the most exquisite craftsmanship in France and even in the world, and its reputation as a thunderbolt is endless. In the era when the pipeline was spread all over the world, such jewellery workshops were precious.
In the workshop, jewellers, mosaics, polishers, watchmakers, founders gathered together. In Paris, there is no jewellery studio like Cartier, who can bring together craftsmen of various trades to work in the same space and time. This feature is enough to speed up the production and keep the highest trade secret. In addition, in order to adhere to its consistent excellence, all designers have graduated from French art schools, and most craftsmen have more than 20 years of work experience. In this way, every Cartier high jewelry is like a beautiful art treasure. Their birth is condensed with wisdom, time, passion and monographs. It takes the entire team months or even years to complete the design. Whimsical. Strive for perfection at every step. This is the difference between excellence and excellence.
Cartier High Jewellery Birth Process:
The first step is to screen gems
Buyers of jewellery raw materials for diamonds and gems for Cartier have extensive experience. The diamonds selected by Cartier must be selected from more than 400 diamonds to be used in the most glorious, consistent color and highest quality.
Second step, design drawings
When Cartier’s designer gets a rare and high-quality gem that has been specially selected, he will first draw a variety of design prototypes on the drawing based on the characteristics of the gem itself, such as shape, size, and luminosity. On these designed effect color maps, the colors and sizes will be marked in detail, and multiple reviews, discussions and amendments will be conducted afterwards.
The third step is to make wax patterns.
In order to reflect the modeling details as realistically as possible, the design sketches are carved with soft wax or hard wax to show the volume. Then, the model needs to dig out the holes required for gem setting, and then the model is used to test the placement of the gem to obtain the best setting position. At the same time, the model is colored to feel the color of the gems. Precious stones need to be cut, arranged and combined to take pictures, calculate the weight of the gemstones, cut, take pictures, make a metal model and melt, and then calculate the metal weight and other responsible procedures. Completing this step is considered to be the completion of the calculation step, and after the chief designer reviews it, the final ideal style is decided.
The fourth step is diamond cutting and gem carving
No jade, no tool, no polished diamonds and gems are as dull. Only a trained master’s accurate design and ingenious carving can unveil the veil of diamonds and gems. An experienced Cartier jeweller will calculate the refractive index and color calculation rate to find the best cutting point to cut to ensure that it emits the perfect light.
Step five, metal casting
The initial embryo is determined by the malleable silver material, which is helpful for the measurement of gem setting and setting diameter. Then actually finish the carving on the metal floor, carving out the mosaic holes. For more complicated designs, designers first try to make important parts of them to test the touch and smoothness. Match it with a wax jewel mold and try setting it in the design setting position to observe the color matching.
The sixth step, manual mosaic
The setting method will be different according to different gems, including chun set, claw set, paved setting or embedded setting. Whether it is as big as a goose egg or as small as a rice grain, it is inlaid by hand, so this is a time-consuming process that tests the jeweller’s eyesight, hand power, and pinch ability, because these precious stones, if not properly applied, may Damage during mounting.
Step 7: Fix the jewelry
The jeweller combines the various parts of the jewellery by fixing or articulating them, making the perfect and dynamic jewellery alive. In addition to the specific shape, the discerning designers will decorate various gems on different jewellery, making these jewels more perfect.
Step eight, polishing
Not only the rhodium needs to be polished and plated on the jewelry surface. In terms of details, cotton threads are used with special polishing agents, and multiple grinding and polishing procedures are performed before and after the gem setting, with particular emphasis on the grinding of the set holes, so that the gems after mounting can emit the best gloss and brightness. Finally, rhodium should be plated on the perfect finished product to prevent oxidation and keep the jewelry glorious.
Step Nine, Marking and Marking
Finally, every Cartier fine jewelry will be engraved with Cartier’s mark and number, marking this jewelry’s unique and highly respected identity.
Jewelry designers go with every step of gem making from start to finish. They work closely with technical staff to evaluate the quality of the work, and strictly check every detail and overall feeling of the finished product. Each piece of work embodies the joint efforts and efforts of jewelry craftsmen, gem inlayers, molders, polishers and cutters. Cartier’s jewelry, from the initial design to the final product, every detail reflects the spirit of this international top brand’s pursuit of perfection, is the crystallization of the wisdom and technology of countless experts for more than 160 years.