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Bench made jewelry | Bench made ring

Bench made jewelry | Bench made ring

Bench made Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simplerAlbert Einstein Bench made jewelry is created by a craftsman using traditional tools and a hand torch. Raw metal stock such as plate or wire is cut, bent, forged, ground and filed. Leon Megé jewelry - Bench made to the highest precision. Jewelry could be an art or a commodity - depending on a way it's designed or made. Every piece we make is conceived with your unique taste in mind. To achieve this goal we rely on an old fashioned and time tested traditional way of making every piece by hand. Unfortunately,...

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Metals we use

Metals we use

Metal we use   We work primarily in platinum, and 18k gold (white, yellow, and rose), as well as the occasional use of sterling silver, palladium, titanium, steel etc. when the design calls for it. Our precious metal settings come with a hallmark PT950 indicating the purity according to FTC guidelines. We use exclusively platinum/ruthenium alloy consisting of 95 parts of pure platinum, which is the best alloy for hand fabrication. We do not use 10% iridium alloy suitable in mass production, but not hand fabrication. Ruthenium is a noble metal that in tiny amounts (less than 5%) cures pure platinum to improve its hardness...

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Pavé at Leon Megé

Pavé at Leon Megé

Pavé at Leon Megé   Leon Megé European-trained setters are masters of setting diamonds and gemstones using a technique called “pavé,” from the French for “pavement.” Pavé stones are held in place with “beads” - rounded, raised wedges of metal. Pavé Styles Old styles of pavé are so-called “illusion” types. They were designed to work with stones that are less than uniform in size and shape. In order to mask these inconsistencies, setters would engrave faux shiny surfaces on the metal of the setting so the diamonds would blend in. Old “fishtail” pavé used engraved external V-shaped grooves resembling a fishtail to achieve that...

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Hallmarks

Hallmarks

  A serial number is hand-stamped on our rings to ensure authenticity and ownership.   Metal: "PT950" for platinum, "750" for 18K gold. Serial number "M" logo "Leon Megé" hallmark if space allows. There are a few exceptions. Sometimes there is very little physical space, so we have to omit the "Leon Megé" stamp. Sometimes the inner surface of the band is open, has ajour, has an intricate design, or the band is very thin. In those cases, we always attempt to find a way to add the "Platinum" hallmark. We might omit some stamps on small ring sizes when space is required for an inscription.When extra space is...

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Types of Pavé

Types of Pavé

  First, we need to address a common misconception - channel setting and pave setting are not the same. Average consumers often confuse a channel setting with a bright-cut pave. Both look remarkably similar, especially when set with small diamonds. Despite their visual similarity, there is a significant difference in how the stones are held. From a jeweler's standpoint, channel and pave have nothing in common. Bright-cut pave has tiny, bead-shaped prongs holding the stones. The pave walls are borders; they are merely framing the rows of stones adding definition to the space covered with pave. In contrast, the wall of the channel setting...

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Four Levels of Handmade

Four Levels of Handmade

From bespoke to downright shameful - four levels of custom work from best to worst: Bespoke hand-forging, no casting Handmade with some cast parts Casting from CAD Casting from mold There are two distinct techniques for making jewelry. One is forging by hand, and the other - called casting - is pouring liquid metal into a mold. There are four levels of jewelry craftsmanship based on the type of manufacturing process used in its creation. 1. Hand-forged jewelry offers the highest grade of jewelry craftsmanship. Just like selvage jeans or bespoke suits, the hand-forged pieces are the most desirable and sought-after. Hand-forged jewelry is made...

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