As you know by now, all of our jewelry is handmade locally, here in Montreal. But what does that mean, really? Here are all the steps your MYEL piece goes through before enhancing your most beautiful outfits.
1 - Sketching
The first sketch of a MYEL piece takes shape thanks to Myriam Elie’s expert draughtsmanship. From a burgeoning idea to the final drawing, the design becomes more precise, and its composition and allure reach a final form.
All the specifications are then decided upon: the cut and color of the gems, the type and length of chains, the dimensions of the various elements…Every detail is examined carefully so that it reflects the designer’s initial vision while also ensuring feasibility and durability.
2 - Creating the prototype
The final sketches are sent to our 3D designer, who prints a 3D wax prototype of the piece. This prototype, also called a master, is later used to create the casting mold so it has to be absolutely perfect – even the tiniest of imperfection would be transferred to the mold and, in turn, on all the jewelry cast in it. The operative word here is meticulousness!
3 - Making the mold
The final prototype is coated in rubber and placed in a induction oven. The prototype disintegrates under the intense heat, leaving its imprint in the rubber. The molded rubber is then used to reproduce the piece in the chosen alloy.
4 - Casting the first sample
The liquid alloy is poured into the rubber mold, then cooled down to accelerate its solidification process. Once the mold is removed, the piece is cleaned, polished, and retouched. It is then ready to receive its adornments: precious stones, chains, etc.
The piece is polished once more, and reviewed by Myriam and Marion, our Director of Production. Is the piece sound? Does its weight respect the norms? Is it faithful to the original idea? If the answer to these questions is yes, then we move on to the last step of the creation process.
5 - Production
The sample got the team’s seal of approval ? Then it just needs to be reproduced and displayed in our boutique!
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