High quality craftsmanship is at the heart of our business.
Each design is transformed into 3D from Lylie’s sketches, either through carving by hand, or with Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D printing. Our preferred method is wax carving by hand, which can take up to 200 hours per design.
Most designs are, at least partly, cast in your chosen salvaged metal using a process called ‘Lost Wax Casting’. This involves molten metal being poured into a mould, which has been created using a wax model. Coming into contact with this molten metal causes the wax to melt and drain away.
Hallmarking has been part of the British jewellery industry since 1300. It demonstrates that a design has been independently tested, a feature that sets it apart from the continental designs.
Lylie’s has been given a specific Salvaged hallmark to acknowledge our use of recycled precious metals. It has a sun design, and it sits alongside the traditional and legally necessary 5 other hallmarks, all stamped by the Assay Office.
Please note that jewellery weighing less than 7.8 grams isn’t hallmarked. Also, if the piece is Salvaged Gold Dipped, it is hallmarked as Salvaged Silver, as that is what its major component is.