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13. July 2019

Synthetic diamonds – better for the environment?

Have you considered buying a synthetic diamond? Why? The lower price? The smaller impact on the environment? Currently a lot of information is floating around about the benefits of synthetic diamonds, also known as HPHT diamonds, CVP diamonds, manmade diamonds, grown diamonds etc. However, the picture is a lot more muddled than the advocates of the synthetic diamonds lead us to believe. They can definitely be better for the environment – they can also definitely be not. And while they are cheaper than natural diamonds, they haven’t reached their lowest price yet – by far. So is it (yet) the…
24. June 2019

How to protect your jewelry from theft

Having your jewellery stolen can be traumatic: Loosing something of monetary value is bad enough, while loosing items of vast emotional value can be even worse. Hiding your pieces well can help to prevent the theft, but what to do if it actually happens? Here is a list of tips which will help you get back to enjoying your jewellery again Whether going on vacation or just being away from home, you have to calculate with a certain risk of theft. It’s a reality that burglars make their living by breaking into people’s homes in order to steal their valuables…
8. June 2019

Which metal is more durable for jewellery?

Are you considering to purchase a ring which you hope will be worn every day for many years to come, like for instance an engagement- or wedding ring? Obviously you want this ring to be up for the task and preferably turn into an heirloom eventually. But which metal is the most durable? The answer isn’t entirely simple and depends very much on your preferences and lifestyle. Here is a rundown. Modern jewellery which you can purchase at jewellers worldwide is almost never created of 100% pure precious metal because it is too soft. In order to strengthen and also…
16. April 2019

Creating a one of a kind Ouroboros ring

A serpent bites its own tail – this ancient symbol of eternity, or rather how time begins, ends and begins anew is a much-loved illustration throughout religions, art and literature. It illustrates the cycle of life and death, the turn of the seasons, wholeness, the union of opposites and infinity at large. Recently, a customer wanted me to create ring, using this very symbol and it was such a treat to comply! We meet the tail-biting snake for the first time in ancient Egypt – famously in the tomb of Tutankhamun. Here they depict the deity Mehen, which protects the…
28. February 2019

What is the price of handcrafted jewellery?

Are you considering having a piece of jewellery custom made for you because you can’t find what you dream of in regular jewellery shops? Or perhaps because you dream of e.g. wedding rings which no one else owns? Then the question is absolutely relevant! The short answer is: More than mass produced jewellery from suppliers who have specialized in budget-friendly jewellery and often cheaper than (also) mass produced jewellery by a renowned brand. Here is the explanation and we start with Adam & Eve / how a piece of jewellery is made. A piece of jewellery can be made in…
17. December 2018

Every emerald has a unique personality

Don’t you just love emerald green? Emeralds are incredibly beautiful – non the least because of their enchanting colour and the charming ”jardin” (French for garden): The many visible inclusions, which lend character to the gem. The inclusions are the detail which makes every emerald unique, but it IS possible to find eye clean gems. However, these emeralds are a rarity and hence hard to come by and of cause very, VERY precious! Even the large, intensely green emeralds which are found amongst royal jewels usually have visible inclusions. However, we have learned to love these inclusions because the colour…
27. November 2018

5 tips for proposing at Christmas

“Will you marry me?” is a very simple question, but it takes a lot of mulling over a some courage before deciding to ask it. And once that decision has been made, you have to figure out HOW to do it – preferably in a way which conveys your love for her and the bond which you share. With Christmas coming up, now might be a great time to make your move. Christmas is a lot of lovely things – amongst these ROMANTIC. Having a bit of downtime paired with good food, soft lights and thoughtful gifts can create the…
9. October 2018

BTS: Creation of an opal pendant

Once in a while I take the time to to create true con amore piece through the lost wax (or cire perdue) method. Such piece is always time-consuming to craft, but also oh-so-satisfying and this one started out with a gorgeous 3 carat opal from Aethiopia. This absolutely enchanting gem deserved a unique setting and after creating countless sketches I found myself unable to decide on a design. And so I dared an experiment: What happens if I ask my followers on Facebook to vote for their favorite? It was almost as hard for them to decide as for me,…
6. October 2018

Which gem is the most durable?

An engagement or wedding ring is something very special: These rings are about love, commitment and persistence and the rings should reflect exactly that. Therefore, choosing a gem which is durable enough to last a whole lifetime (or longer) is paramount.Want to know exactly what makes a gem durable enough for “the long haul”, how it should be set in order to be protected and which color choices you have – watch this video!     (If you are watching this video on your mobile phone, just tab the enlage icon and it will adjust to your device) The video…
11. September 2018

Darling Dragonling

A small jewellery dragon has proved to be one of Castens’ most successful creations. And no wonder: The charming creature can be created in so many variations that everyone can enjoy wearing their unique version of the little protector. Many Dragonlings have fluttered from my hands to be gifted: as wedding night gifts, for baptizations and confirmations and many other occasions where the giver wants the receiver to carry his or her love and feel protected by it – as fiercely as any dragon would protects its treasure. This fact has inspired a short story about a young woman who…

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