Here's the question - For luxury jewelry what is the percentage of
cast vs. handmade jewelry? Well, Megin first you have to define
luxury jewelry..... Modern casting - centrifugal or vacuum - dates
from 1900 or something.
I recall that Jim Binnion once pinned down a date, but I don't
remember it. Work dating from before that time was mostly all
fabricated. (I'm not going to use the term "hand-made"). So there's
that. When you talk about the likes of Cartier and Boucheron, well
they are neither snobs nor fools when it comes to jewelry making.
Look up "Cartier stomachers" which is the original Cartier garland
They look like sheet metal but most all of them were cast and then
extensively worked. They just don't LOOK cast, but they were because
it was economical. A friend of mine showed me some earrings he made
for Boucheron in platinum - "Well, I made one original setting,
molded it and cast them......." So they are one piece, no solder,
and absolutely identical in every way. Cast the casting work,
fabricate the fabrication work and don't get all nervous about
Another friend is now a salesman at Graff but he was at Cartier
before. "It's boring, everything's computerized and it all looks
like car parts.......". But a great deal of it is fabricated,
nonetheless. It depends on what's right for the job. Percentages?
Who knows? I'd guess about 50-50.