This German style torch allows for precise control of the flame’s heat by the jeweler, as he or she regulates how much oxygen (breath) is pushed into the gas flame. Controlling these subtle variations in temperature is critical for successful granulation and other applications of fusing (without the use of solder), present throughout the LOREN NICOLE collection. The reducing (oxygen removing) flame of this torch also allows for a beautiful “torch” polish.
We employ two other types of gas torches, where intense heat for a prolonged period is necessary. These are used to alloy and prepare the high karat yellow gold for finer work.
This 3500 year old technique, dating back to Ancient Etruria, found widespread love across Eurasia. The technique, most commonly associated with the Ancient Greeks, spread across the Mediterranean and throughout Asian, as far as present day Korea, with the expansion of the Greek Empire.
Granulation employs wires and granules, gold nano-spheres, that are arranged onto the surface of another sheet of metal and fused to the surface without the use of solder, resulting in immensely intricate patterns and textures unique to this technique. The method is alloy specific, meaning it will only achieve success in 24k yellow gold and specific alloys of 22K yellow gold and 18K green gold.
Please browse @loren.nicole.finejewelry to discover one of a kind and bespoke pieces featuring granulation.
We continuously study museum collections of ancient chains, experimenting and perfecting techniques, to expand upon our library of chains both learned from modern day predecessors and beyond their recordings. The 22K and 24k yellow gold chain links are each made by hand, some requiring hammering, and woven together to create different textures and shapes meant to be layered. Each chain style is unique in its texture and movement and can be customized to include pendants or decorative clasps featuring granulation and gemstones.