Another historically attested technique is lost wax process. The piece is first sculpted in wax, identical to what the finished jewel will be, and then encased in a mould which will be heated enough for the wax to vaporize. The now-hollow and hot mould is thus ready to be poured molten metal in, its inner contours shaping the jewel which will be finished once sawed off from its sprue, filed and polished.
Not all jewels displayed in our shop are necessarily based on sources. Techniques, generally, are attested. Depending on the type of market we attend, our range of products may vary from history to fantasy. Don't hesitate to ask if you're looking for something in particular.
Chainmail is a technique whose origins go back at least to the 3rd century BC. Mainly used to create protections and armours, it was also a great material for jewellery. Its versatility and its looks, at the same time simple and sophisticated, make for a choice jewel, even today.
WHAT ABOUT BACK THEN ?
Being craftspeople as well as salespersons, the ancient Northmen created their ornaments with ringmail techniques, lost wax process, casting in soapstone moulds, weavings and braidings, fiiligree, or stamping patterns. The jewel served both as ornament and as a wallet of sorts, since metal weight was a universal value in trading. Jewels of viking origin were as widely found in Europe as foreign origin jewels were in the North, showing that they were choice trading items, valuable and easy to carry around.