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5. January 2021

Corona-closed - But the workshop is open!

We have been asked to close our store front in order to stop the spreading of the corona virus and of cause we comply. However, since our workshop is as small as it is with only 3 of us working together, we have chosen to keep the workshop running. This means that ordered Jewellery is still created, the webshop is open for business and design meetings are still held – albeit with a certain distance: Online, by phone: +45 32 200 444 or mail: design@castens.com When your Jewellery is finished, you can pick it up (thoroughly cleansed of cause) by…
27. November 2020

Recycling old gold – are you guaranteed your new jewelry is made of YOUR gold?

The price of gold has risen 30% since January, which has inspired many to save money by having new jewelry made from old gold – especially wedding rings. The cost of such a process varies wildly and there is a good reason for this: The 2 different ways of working with the gold. One of the ways rises the question: Can you be sure that YOUR gold has been used for your new piece of jewelry? In this article I will show you how your gold can be turned into new jewelry, enabling you to make an informed choice: Is…
6. October 2020

How to choose the perfect engagement ring

You have found the love of your life and want to propose to her, but how do you choose the right ring? If the ring misses the mark, the whole situation will deflate and perhaps she might even say no! Luckily there is a recipe on how to choose the perfect ring which will bring tears to hear eyes and that all-important YES from her lips.  “Congratulations!” is typically my first response to the sweet men, who come to my shop, shyly enquiring for a ring, because they need to ask their girlfriend something important. This IS an important question…
15. July 2020

Vielsesringe med uendelighedstegn

Vielsesringe med et uendelighedstegn er en klassiker. Hos Castens har vi specialiseret os i at gøre det på en lidt andeledes måde   Når vi vælger hinanden som livspartnere, er det i forventningen om netop det: at det kommer til at vare livet ud, eller "uendeligt" - altså at det ikke ender før vi gør, i al fald. I den forbindelse er det faktisk underordnet om det så lykkedes, for når vi står der i kirken, på rådhuset eller under blodbøgen, FØLES det som det helt rigtige – og det er den følelse, som skal være med til at bære…
10. July 2020

How to create a perfect proposal

Proposing or being proposed to is not something you immediately forget no matter what. However, a proposal can easily, become even more romantic and memorable if you do a little bit of planning ahead. This article is brought in collaboration with FindEnKæreste.dk (FindALove), who are Danish experts in love, dating and relationships. Visit them here Looking for ideas and suggestions for the perfect proposal? Then read on. Whether you want to use one or more of these ideas to create an unforgettable courtship or whether you simply want to use them as inspiration is entirely up to you. The traditional…
6. June 2020

Cretaion of a sea monster necklace

Deep down, a silvery sea monster lurks, ready to stretch its arms towards the surface in order to tear down unsuspecting sea folk into a watery and violent grave. It was this monster which I set out to create, when Nina Hald, author of several jewellery-related books and curator of even more jewellery exhibitions, invited me to participate in the exhibition “Jewels of the Sea” at the nautical museum “Fjord og Bælt”. However, in the beginning, I only knew, that I wanted to work with the octopus because I am in love with the sinuous curls which its arms can…
23. May 2020

Creating a tiara

When the Copenhagen Jewellers Guild announced the event “Fit for a Queen”, letting all Copenhagen Jewellers participating with their take on what was fit for a queen, I decided to create a tiara. Of course, one might be tempted to say, since I love creating tiaras and do so approximately once every other year. This particular tiara was meant for a forest queen and hence its main motifs would be silvery leaves and/or flowers. I puzzled around with the elements for quite a while before settling for a somewhat simple but stylish version featuring only leaves. I adored the flowers…
12. March 2020

Are you worried about getting infected by Corona at your jeweller?

We would be irresponsible if we did not care - about our own, but especially our clients' health.Therefore, we no longer accept customers in my physical store, because we get too close to each other when trying on jewelry.   However, it is still possible to have a design meeting online and we are still in the process of creating the jewellery which was previously ordered. Alessandro (who has not been to Italy since January and is worried about his old mother who lives down there) works from home in his own workshop, while I hold down the fort at…
14. January 2020

From academia to the workbench – an autodidact jeweller can create jewellery too

10 years ago, on my 37th birthday and in the middle of the last recession, I opened a jewellery shop. In spite of having an academic background and no official training as a jeweller, I chose to throw all caution into the wind and follow my heart to become a goldsmith - which almost didn’t happen after all, when I was offered the perfect job. When I was 19 in the beginning of the 90’s, I studied for a year at the art School of Engelsholm – situated in a renaissance castle with towers (I lived in one of them),…
21. December 2019

WHAT TO DO WITH AN OLD WEDDING RING?

Many of my customers come to me with an old wedding ring and want me to redesign into a new piece of jewelry – but how to go about that elegantly? There can be a number of reasons why you would want a wedding ring to be redesigned. Perhaps it is yours, but the marriage is no longer because you split up or your spouse passed away. The ring might also once have belonged to one of your parents and for that reason holds big sentimental value to you. No matter the reason, sometimes you want to reuse the wedding…

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