From laser welding to wax casting, to the history of the cultured pearl… the art of jewellery making comes not just down to imagination, but down to the technology and science that allows new techniques to shape the process of design. Worth a read for jewellery lovers is this article, which looks at some of those advances and the jewellery trends they ignited.

Mikimoto Pearls vintage campaign
Above: from Mikimoto Pearls ad campaign, 1972.

The objects you make mustn’t be too heavy, unwieldy or scratchy, but they have to be sturdy: as in engineering, all the bits have to stick together. So when the engineers, as they occasionally do, come up with a new way of building, cue much excitement. Designs change, fashions change, even entire markets change.

Read the full article at More Intelligent Life.

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