BLOWPIPE TORCH

This German style torch, that has been used for centuries, allows the jeweler to precisely control the flame’s heat 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 (joining metal without the use of solder); a technique prevalent throughout the collection. The reducing (oxygen removing) flame of this torch also allows for a beautiful “torch” polish, which has become a characteristic finish on many LOREN NICOLE pieces.

GRANULATION

This 3500 year old technique dates back to the Etruscans of the ancient Mediterranean. The technique, most commonly associated with the Ancient Greeks, was embraced by many ancient civilizations as the technology spread across the Mediterranean and throughout Asian, as far as present day Korea, via trade and conquest of new regions.

Granulation uses fine wires and granules (microscopic spheres), that are arranged in patterns onto the surface a sheet of metal and joined together without the use of solder, a process called fusing. The techniques results in intricate patterns and textures that are unachievable by any other means. The method is alloy specific, meaning it is only achievable in 24k yellow gold and specific alloys of 22K yellow gold and 18K green gold.

Explore @lorennicolejewelry to discover one of a kind and bespoke pieces featuring granulation. 

CHAINMAKING

At LOREN NICOLE, we continuously study museum collections of ancient chains, experimenting and perfecting techniques, to expand upon our library of chains, learned both from modern day predecessors and trial and error. In a labor intensive process, 22K and 24k yellow gold chain links are shaped and texutered by hand, some and woven together; each combination resulting in different textures and shapes.  Each chain style is unique in texture and movement and can be customized to include pendants or decorative clasps featuring granulation and gemstones.