Rawsen style comes from the road, travels and adventures adventures. Rawsen silver rings, bracelets and pendants tell stories,: they talk about life. It is this passion for authenticity and for beauty that led us to choose the lost-wax casting as a technique for creating our silver jewelery. Here we would like to explain what lost-wax casting is: read it, and you will learn a lot on Rawsen rings, bracelets and pendants in sterling silver.
Lost-wax casting: Rawsen chooses quality
We have already spoken in our previous posts (here and here) about Rawsen style and what designing silver jewelery means for us. But we didn’t tell you yet why we chose the lost-wax casting process to create our silver rings, bracelets and pendants.
When we think of beauty and its origin, we think about Ancient Greece. As we have already told you in this post, that’s why we chose the names of the nymphs to designate our silver jewelry.
Brooding on the roots of beauty, we run several searches on classical goldsmith techniques. And research after research we landed on the banks of the lost-wax casting magical world… And we fell in love with it.
We were immediately fascinated by the attention to detail of this technique. By the desire to make every single creation unique and unrepeatable. By the quality of the finished product. This is why we chose lost-wax casting as the technique for making our jewelry. Rawsen style technique.
Lost-wax casting: a mythical technique
The technique of lost-wax casting dates back to the Bronze Age: in the ancient times it was used for furnishings, weapons and daily tools production. In the Classical Age the to Lost-wax casting flourished as a sculptural technique, especially in Greek and Roman art.
This methd represented in the artistic techniques history a fundamental passage for the evolution of statuary. In fact there are numerous sculptures made with this technique, of which the main ambassadors are two young men … Never heard of the Riace Bronzes?
Between lean period (the Middle Ages) and periods of extreme fortune (the Renaissance), the lost-wax casting kept to be used as a method to create sculptures. San Giovanni Battista by Lorenzo Ghiberti can be considered a valuable example. But the artistic relevance of this technique is underlined above all by the mention that Benvenuto Cellini makes of it in his Treatise on Sculpture.
Rawsen silver jewelry: how the lost-wax casting works
Today the lost-wax casting method is used in the jewelery industry, and Rawsen elected this technique to be the one to create Rawsen sterling silver jewels. Let’s see together what are the basic steps of this metalworking process.
- Handmade reproduction in wax of the jewel.
- A rigid outer mould is made from the original, and contains the softer inner mould.
- Molten wax is poured into the rigid mould.
- The plaster mold is placed in an oven: the wax melts and slip away.
- Once the wax is “lost”, the sterling silver is poured into the mold through the inlet channels.
- Once the silver has solidified, the mold is broken.
- The Rawsen silver jewel is polished and refined according to the characteristics that distinguish it from the others. One of our custom rings will be engraved by hand, like Erebo or Metope. In another of our rings – Rea, for example – the stones will be patiently embedded by hand. One by one.
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