Do you make that yourself?
With some surprise we, Heleen Hoogenboom and Sanne Bogers, hear this question often.
Yes, as goldsmiths we make all the jewellery ourselves. We do not sell factory work, do not print work, do not cast our designs, but we do everything ourselves with a lot of love and attention. We have been working together since 2011, we have the same ideas about beauty, precision, style and craftmanship. Heleen has more than 30 years of experience as a goldsmith.
Making and designing jewellery mostly starts with a beautiful gemstone or pearl, sometimes with an idea, a customer's question or by experimenting.
We look for the most beautiful and special gemsstones and pearls ourselves. Searching on the internet for just that special one. But also by asking if someone comes to visit us like gemstone and pearl dealer Zylana.
The basic materials such as wire and sheet we buy wholesale and otherwise we will melt gold into useful material. We use recycled or Fairtrade gold.
And when all the materials is there we start sawing, filing, drilling, sanding, setting, rolling, hammering and polishing.
The most frequently asked question is, how long does it take to make a piece? We have no easy answer to that. Sometimes it all goes well. And sometimes not. And we never work at just one thing at a time. We always work with the utmost concentration. Whatever we do, we can not let ourselves be distracted. Because then it can go wrong. Then you keep the flame on your work piece for too long and sometimes your gemstone breaks when setting .....
So we can not just save our work in between or restart the jewel as you do with a PC 😉
We always ask our customers to come in for an extra fitting when we make commissioned pieces to make sure that it fits perfectly.
It takes us about 3-8 weeks to make a piece.
Our workplace is in our store. You can see us working and we always love to explain what we do.
The website, webshop, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest are important to us. Here we can show our work, our workplace and what matters to us. And here we do all the work ourselves too.
We use a professional photographer ,Erwin Maes, for our photos, or Sanne makes the ones for social media like Pinterest.
In short we love what we do and love taking you on our jewellery adventure!
Heleen & Sanne