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The Making of a Piece

The Making of a Piece

It began when Haute Victoire's founder, Yasmina Benazzou, acquired an antique gold chain that was just waiting to be paired with a pendant. She also discovered a late 1800's pin with an angel skin coral drop, the most precious of all corals. When she saw a beautiful cabochon of malachite of vivid green and concentric rings she knew it would perfectly pair with the pale coral and the antique gold chain.

 

First, a bezel is created to embrace the malachite cabochon. A wax mold is shaped into the perfect proportions to hold the malachite and the coral drop.

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When the wax bezel is filed to its final shape, it is cast in gold.

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Once the bezel is cast and the bail soldered, the malachite cabochon and the coral drop are set into the bezel.

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Finally, the pendant is ready to be assembled to the antique gold chain.