REFERENCED AND
INSPIRATION

REFERENCES AND INSPIRATION

In seeking references and inspiration for our collections we consult books, take trips, and research all possible sources, from the internet to the world around us.

Once we have all our references, we sketch the pieces we’ve envisioned and hand our drawings to the model makers, who start by crafting what is called the ‘mother piece’ in wax.

WAX FOR
MOTHER PIECES

WAX FOR MOTHER PIECES

Testing and fashioning the initial wax in order to cast pieces in silver. This is poured into metal and a rubber mold is made, into which jewelry-grade wax can later be injected and thus re-create the necessary number of identical pieces required for efficient mass production by the lost-wax process.

LOST WAX

LOST WAX

Process by which the required pieces are injected with jewelry-grade wax in raw rubber molds. Once pieces are set, a type of ‘tree’ is formed to hold the jewel’s wax models, and they are attached one by one, with extreme care, onto the same trunk. With the tree done, it is ready to replace wax with metal; in this case silver.

The tree is completely immersed in a cylindrical container full of plaster, hardened, then fired at high temperatures, such that the wax melts and evaporates, leaving a space for the metal to fill. The unwrought silver is melted in alloy with other metals to achieve a precise grade, in our case .925, which is silver of very high quality. Then it is poured into the space the wax had occupied in the plaster.

Finally, what was a tree of wax becomes a tree of silver.

FINISHING
THE PIECES

FINISHING THE PIECES

Depending on the piece’s function, it will be given one of several finishes. To create higher structural contrast our jewelry generally receives an oxidized or brushed finish, then jump rings, posts or earring wires are added and the piece is polished.

REFERENCES AND INSPIRATION

In seeking references and inspiration for our collections we consult books, take trips, and research all possible sources, from the internet to the world around us.

Once we have all our references, we sketch the pieces we’ve envisioned and hand our drawings to the model makers, who start by crafting what is called the ‘mother piece’ in wax.

WAX FOR MOTHER PIECES

Testing and fashioning the initial wax in order to cast pieces in silver. This is poured into metal and a rubber mold is made, into which jewelry-grade wax can later be injected and thus re-create the necessary number of identical pieces required for efficient mass production by the lost-wax process.

LOST WAX

Process by which the required pieces are injected with jewelry-grade wax in raw rubber molds. Once pieces are set, a type of ‘tree’ is formed to hold the jewel’s wax models, and they are attached one by one, with extreme care, onto the same trunk. With the tree done, it is ready to replace wax with metal; in this case silver.

The tree is completely immersed in a cylindrical container full of plaster, hardened, then fired at high temperatures, such that the wax melts and evaporates, leaving a space for the metal to fill. The unwrought silver is melted in alloy with other metals to achieve a precise grade, in our case .925, which is silver of very high quality. Then it is poured into the space the wax had occupied in the plaster.

Finally, what was a tree of wax becomes a tree of silver.

FINISHING THE PIECES

Depending on the piece’s function, it will be given one of several finishes. To create higher structural contrast our jewelry generally receives an oxidized or brushed finish, then jump rings, posts or earring wires are added and the piece is polished.

JEWELRY DESIGN

Once the silver pieces reach Flora María’s studio the jewels are given their final designs; enhancing the silver with Chiapas amber, 100% natural gems, leather and various other materials to enliven these creations that originally existed only in our minds.

ASSEMBLY

This is the process of hand-crafting the designs; affixing gems, joining and crimping with silver wire, threading necklaces and bracelets on stainless steel, etc.

PACKAGING

When the jewel is 100% complete, its code is assigned and its price set, then it’s packed and labeled for delivery to customers, branch stores or distributors.

SALES

Sale and display of the jewelry at points of sale. Stores, distributors and expos.

JEWELRY
DESIGN

JEWELRY DESIGN

Once the silver pieces reach Flora María’s studio the jewels are given their final designs; enhancing the silver with Chiapas amber, 100% natural gems, leather and various other materials to enliven these creations that originally existed only in our minds.

ASSEMBLY

ASSEMBLY

This is the process of hand-crafting the designs; affixing gems, joining and crimping with silver wire, threading necklaces and bracelets on stainless steel, etc.

PACKAGING

PACKAGING

When the jewel is 100% complete, its code is assigned and its price set, then it’s packed and labeled for delivery to customers, branch stores or distributors.

SALES

SALES

Sale and display of the jewelry at points of sale. Stores, distributors and expos.