No two days are the same at Joid’art, because production processes alternate and because, where yesterday they were making pieces with volume, today they’re polishing symmetrical pieces or applying enamel or undertaking other artisan tasks. To see it all up close, we recently went along to find out what was ‘cooking’ and were able to witness the birth of the new Terra collection.
Terra jewellery was designed by the Joid’art Lab team and is inspired by the sand on Mediterranean beaches and the iridescence produced by the water and the light at dawn and dusk.
Each piece is covered in dots in relief on a rectangular base painted in multi-coloured cold enamel. To make them, once the originals are finished, moulds in which wax duplicates are cast as part of the lost wax technique. The wax copies are then sprued with tree-like structures and put in a furnace in plaster cylinders where the wax is melted out and the hollow is then filled with molten silver or brass. Once the metal has cooled, the pieces are removed from the mould, cleaned and polished one by one, plated in silver or gold and enamelled.
It is a painstaking process that involves several days’ work. But the result is well worth the effort. One look at the Terra collection is proof of that. The rings and bracelets are easy to wear and move with you, looking good from any angle. Its stylised lines and colours add a dash, particularly to light-coloured outfits.