Monday, November 16, 2015

Victor Canera



Happy Monday! I thought a great way to start the week was by looking at some incredible bridal designs by Victor Canera.  I am a huge fan of their bespoke, hand-forged pieces, complete with the most stunning diamonds.  I love the fact that their selection includes classic three stone rings and solitaires, as well as unique halo styles and rings including unique cuts of diamonds, like French Cuts.  

Victor Canera offers custom design services if you don't find that right design for you.  Their selection of jewelry isn't just limited to bridal, but also includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets and diamonds.  You can easily shop their diamond inventory; shapes include: Canera Ideal Hearts, Canera Antique Cushion, Canera European Round, round, modern cushion, oval, radiant, emerald cut and asscher cut.  
Learn a little more about the quality and fabrication of each Victor Canera piece below...
Hand Fabricating is the direct crafting on metal of a piece of jewelry and doesn't involve the use of wax, molds or casting. A design is formed in the mind of the designer, ingots of platinum or gold are melted and then pressed, bent, formed or pulled into the different parts that comprise a piece of jewelry. A ring design may have dozens of individual parts of wires, tubes or plates that are then assembled to create the finished jewel. Since no casting is involved, there is no need to clean off the imperfections of casting. The finished metal will have a flawless, mirror-like finish and not be wavy caused by cleaning of the casting surface. This produces round surfaces which will be perfectly round and flat surfaces that are perfectly flat. The jewel is extremely precise due to the control a craftsman has over each individual part of a design. No areas (like the undersides baskets, cathedral openings etc.) of a jewel will have imperfections. Joints are precise, seamless, and sharp. 

The finished design will have the benefit of being lighter in weight than a cast design yet stronger. Porosity, visible pinpoints which are actually air bubbles inside the metal caused by casting basically don't exist in hand forged jewelry. The jewel will have higher metal density, be less porous and therefore be stronger, less likely to deform and be more scratch resistant. The owners of these works will also have the satisfaction of knowing that their jewel is truly a one of a kind creation since there are no "rubber molds" or digital files in a CAD\CAM machine to replicate the work. While the term "hand made" has become a cliche and a marketing tool, Victor Canera's hand forged jewels have the distinction of being completely "casting free". Every part, from the shank to the smallest prongs of a basket are done by hand, offering all the benefits that hand forging brings to the table.

This post features some of my favorite Victor Canera pieces, to see their full selection visit their website. 














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