Laurel designs all of her jewelry in New York City. Designs and inscriptions are carefully considered for months and sometimes years. The inscriptions; inspirations or quotations, work together with the design to create a wearable work of art. When developing a new piece, designs often begin as hand drawn sketches and then rendered into a three-dimensional object through the state-of-the-art CAD work of our model maker. The master model is completed by hand to our exacting design standards.
The jewelry is then made in our workshop in New York state by a group of dedicated artisans and craftspeople. Once a model is finished, molds are made and cut by hand for casting by the lost wax method, a technique in use since ancient times. Molten wax is injected into the molds to produce wax replicas of the model. The waxes are covered with a medium called investment. When heated, the investment hardens while the wax melts away leaving a hollow core. Molten metal flows into this core producing the castings. The castings are then cleaned and finished by hand. The final step is polishing to give it the striking, reflective surface of fine jewelry. It is a time consuming process involving significant care and craftsmanship and proudly Made in the USA.