It is said that every piece of jewelry tells a story without even a single word – a non-verbal communication of style. The art of jewelry making dates back to a time when ancient civilisations crafted jewelry for personal adornment. Jewelry was created to display gemstones, express faith, and signify social status.
The world’s finest jewelry is handmade, one piece at a time. Each must be fabricated from raw metal by a jewelry artisan, using only tools that are controlled by hand. It requires highly skilled labour to manually control tools and to transform precious metals and gemstones into works of art.
It means taking a raw piece of cold-rolled metal wire, bar or sheet of precious metal, such as platinum or gold, then through a process of cutting, hammering, shaping and heating/annealing, the precious metal is shaped into the desired design.
With the advent of computed aided design and manufacturing software or commonly called the process of “casting” which means the pouring of liquid metal alloy into a mold. Crafting pieces becomes that simple.
However, it is in the process of heating and annealing that hardens the metal which the casting process skips. It is for this reason that jewelry connoisseurs everywhere know handmade jewelry is the benchmark for craftsmanship in fine jewelry.
In Cambodia, a British-born jeweller Madeline Green sells fine jewelry made from recycled brass ammunition. Angelina Jolie’s latest film on the Cambodian conflict ‘First They Killed My Father’ commissioned 10 pendants from Madeline. In the photos, the Cambodian workmanship and craftsmanship is showcased. Manually and by hand, creating story out of stones and metal pieces, adding value to each.
Whether it’s just a piece of ring or a classy necklace worn to display class or to express faith, every piece of jewelry tells a story. But even before wearing it, it already carries a story of its own.