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THE JOURNEY AND THE CRAFTS BEHIND LOTTA JEWELLERY

Behind every single detail - from sketch until wear your beautiful jewelry, there is a solid craft created with passion, creativity and a large dose of love. Follow Lotta in the creation process and the journey behind Lotta Jewellery.

           

           

           


From sketch to reality

Lotta loves to travel. At the time of writing, she has amassed a wealth in the form of inspiration and experiences from 68 countries. Lotta is inspired by the beauty of plants, culture and the wonders of nature. All jewelry is sketched by hand by Lotta and slowly but surely the jewelry takes shape, changes and adapts to perfection. As many of Lotta's jewelery are inspired by nature's own consumer expressions, she attaches great importance to the form being as close to nature as possible. Finding the perfect shape for an oak leaf can take several days.

“Cire Perdue”

In the jewelery studio, handmade wax figures are created based on the sketch. When casting the jewelry, a technique called Cire Perdue is used, a casting technique where the wax model is lost during use. The jewelery artist builds a model in wax by hand, which is then cast into plaster. When the plaster has solidified, it burns so that the wax melts, leaving a cavity where then molten metal takes place. When the metal has cooled and returned to solid form, the plaster dissolves, leaving only a metal casting of the wax model, which is then ground to perfection.

"Jewellery Casting"

In the next step, the metal jewelery is covered by a "rubber casting" - heated, pressurized rubber. The rubber coating is carefully removed from the metal, leaving a cavity to be filled with wax. If the rubber is not removed with care, it can create incorrect lines that will be visible in the end result. These wax figures then become the template for all jewelry. The wax figure is transported to the blacksmith who converts these jewelry into the finest 925 sterling silver.

The natural, matte and hoarfrost surface

Something that characterizes all Lotta Jewelery jewelry is the natural, matte and ribbed surface. The surface is reminiscent of a crisp winter morning in December, when nature is covered by a white, sparkling hoarfrost garment. The method used to create the matte, hoarfrost surface is called sandblasting - one by one, each silver piece is blasted with a high pressure of sand to highlight the unique surface.

All that shines is gold

The final step in the creation process and the development of Lotta's jewelery is to gild the silver with details in 14K gold. To protect the rest of the jewelry, this is painted in red, which is then dipped in a gold bath and baked slowly and carefully in an oven at 170 degrees. When the jewelery has been gilded with the delicate gold details, the red color is removed. Now the jewelery has been given its distinctive Lotta Jewelery expression and transformed into a magical product. The process of making a piece of jewelry takes about four weeks and is handmade in each step. Each piece of jewelery is completely unique and we always strive to find fairtrade-certified raw materials of the highest quality from all corners of the globe.