How do I care for my jewelleries?
- Sterling Silver
- Tarnish naturally over time. Humidity accelerates the process.
- To slow down the tarnishing process, store your jewellery in the jewellery bag/box/acid-free tissue paper in a cool and dry place, away from heat or direct sunlight.
- To clean your silver jewellery, gently rub it with a silver polishing cloth.
- You may also clean it with mild soap (not detergent) and warm water, rinse and polish with soft cloth but dry it thoroughly before storage to prevent residual water stains.
- Do not clean the sterling silver with any abrasive material.
- Treat your enamel jewellery like you would to your fine jewellery, it is beautiful and delicate.
- Remember that enamel is glass and therefore will behave like it, it may break if dropped or hit against a hard surface.
- Clean and store your enamel jewellery like you do for the silver jewellery.
- Pearls are organic by nature, they behave similarly to the oysters and mussels that formed them.
- They are affected by heat, acids (in perspiration) and alcohol (in perfume, makeup product, insect repellent, detergent).
- Always apply facial or body product containing alcohol prior to wearing them to minimise their exposure.
- After wearing, wipe the pearl with a soft cloth.
- Store them in a soft cloth bag or box or acid-free tissue paper, away from heat or direct sunlight.
What techniques do you use to create the jewelleries?
Little Rambutan uses a combination of traditional bench techniques and modern technology in creating each piece of jewellery. Traditional method includes sawing, soldering, polishing and enamelling. While modern technology incorporates rapid prototyping whereby prototype designs are created using 3D CAD software which are then translated into wax models, and finally casted into metal. The casted pieces are subsequentially hand finished using traditional methods.
What is enamelling?
Enamelling is the process of fusing finely grounded glass powder (known as enamel) onto metal. There are various methods of enamelling and most of them involve heating the enamels and the metal in a kiln at high temperature (around 700-800 degree Celscius) for the fusion to occur.
What is Plique à Jour?
Plique à jour is one method of enamelling and unlike other enamel methods, is made without a metal base. Instead, a metal framework is used and wet enamels are applied in the cells of the framework. The enamels are held in place using the tension between the cell and is fired in the kiln. This process is repeated several times until all the cells have been filled. The term Plique à jour is derived partly from Italian and French and loosely translates to something that is like a membrane which let the light of day pass through. This method normally allows light to penetrate through the design, like a mini stain-glass work.
You can see the Plique à Jour process in this blog.