BEHIND THE SCENES

TRUE CRAFTSMANSHIP

Each piece of jewellery from IsabelleFa is entirely handcrafted in a series of laborious steps.

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ALLOYING

Not all gold is the same. The right ingredients lay the cornerstone for perfect results. Centuries-old knowledge is the secret formula for our house’s own alloys, e.g. “RougeRoyal,” an elegant and warmly radiant red gold. Our manufactory uses only recycled gold from certified sources.

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ROLLING

The resulting gold bars are “tamed” with the help of rollers, presses and draw benches, some of which are 100 years old. Many people find it difficult to imagine the enormous forces with which our pieces are wrought. This craftsmanship extremely compresses the precious metals. Time-honored techniques achieve perfect surface textures and an extraordinarily deep gleam.

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DRAWING

After the sheets of gold and platinum have been rolled and compressed, they are cut to size and drawn into tubular shape. This is a critical step because the seam must be extremely narrow and as nearly invisible as possible. Thanks to our huge collection of old drawing irons and drawplates, we can rely on traditional goldsmith’s methods to create modern pieces of jewelry.

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PALPABLE QUALITY

Thin materials are typically used in industrially made jewelry nowadays, but we can craft our pieces from considerably thicker materials because time-honored drawing and rolling techniques form the basis for IsabelleFa’s jewelry pieces. This makes our jewelry less susceptible to dents and gives it a pleasantly weighty feel.

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ART OF CRAFTSMANSHIP

Creating a piece of jewelry at IsabelleFa requires both enormous force and tremendous sensitivity. Sheer muscle power first bends the necklaces and bracelets into the approximately correct shapes. Afterwards, powerful hammer blows fine-tune the piece, custom-tailoring it to make each customer’s wish come true.

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ANNEALING

Many people can scarcely imagine the enormous forces and scorching temperatures to which we subject our jewelry its fabrication. For example, a choker is annealed for a lengthy interval at a temperature as high as 1,000° Celsius – to “relax” the precious metal.

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WINDING

It takes both dexterity and muscle power to transform a tube of precious metal into the links of a chain. The metal, which has already been drawn to form a tube or joint, is wound around a spindle, which determines the subsequent shape of the chain’s links.

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SAWING AND HOOKING

The wound component is now cut open with a paper-thin saw blade. This may look simple at first glance, but it is actually a highly complex process, especially when fabricating a long and slender chain with several hundred individual links.

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SOLDERING

Afterwards, each link is manually inserted into its neighbor, its cut ends are joined and the link is soldered closed. Our Maîtres Chaînistes (i.e. “master chainmakers”) rely on a special technique to assure that each link is perfectly straight and never twists out of alignment.

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STRAIGHTENING

Every woman who wears jewelry knows that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. That’s why each IsabelleFa chain undergoes a stress test. Afterwards, the chain is optimally supple and perfectly conforms to the contours of its wearer’s body.

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ARMORING

Especially during armoring, when the chain is twisted and aligned, the links encounter the sheer muscle power of one or sometimes two goldsmiths. Witnessing this artisanal work is an unforgettable experience.

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POLISHING

Polishing demands patience and conscientiousness, which our specialists augment with inventiveness. To achieve perfect results, we have developed our own methods for this meticulous process. Each individual link is manually abraded inside and out – because the lifespan of a chain depends on the smoothness of its links and solder points. Ultimately, each chain must delight its wearer with its quality, beauty, smooth surfaces and, last but not least, its warm and rich sound.

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CLASPS

Our jewelry’s functional components are likewise individually handmade. Each clasp is specially developed and crafted to suit its piece of jewelry. Even the smallest details clearly reveal our high standards, uncompromising meticulousness and superlative craftsmanship. Just listen closely to the satisfying sound you hear when you close an IsabelleFa necklace or bracelet.

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DIAMOND PAVÉ

Diamonds set into clasps or individual chain links ennoble every piece of jewelry. This finely detailed work demands special know-how from our gemstone setters – because the diamonds must not only harmonize visually, but must also be perfectly set into the jewelry. That’s why the diamonds for pavés are set under a microscope. This technique enables our specialists to achieve markedly higher quality: no bead must be left protruded.

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A TRADEMARK

An individually set diamond is a trademark of IsabelleFa. The gem is integrated into the clasp of a chain or concealed on the inner surface of a ring.

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THE FLACON

Before a piece of jewelry ultimately leaves our manufactory, we stamp it with our seal of quality: IsabelleFa’s flacon-shaped hallmark. Derived from a perfume flacon that Isabelle Mössner personally designed and handcrafted, this signet consummates every piece and reaffirms its uniqueness. The hallmark is an emblem of high quality, exclusiveness and appreciation of the goldsmith’s art. The signet simultaneously represents the promise that this piece of jewelry is unique and was created entirely by hand from the most precious materials.

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POLISHING BY HAND

Countless polishing brushes, fine leather straps and abrasive pastes gradually give a high-gloss sheen to the originally matte surface. This phase in the work again reveals the numerous advantages of the traditional drawing and rolling techniques with which we extremely compress the gold and platinum. This is essential for achieving the characteristic and fascinatingly deep gleam. Each millimeter of every bracelet or necklace, as well as each individual link in our chains, is drawn and finely polished both inside and out. This time-consuming manual work is well worthwhile – because mechanical polishing could never create a comparably high-gloss gleam.

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