In the Beginning…
When I was a young boy, some of my favorite times were drawing. We had matchbox cars and model airplanes and I love to play with them and draw my own improvements. I loved to draw planes and cars and buildings that were futuristic and filled with fantasy. Later I would discover architecture and become entranced […]
Fashion week has just ended in New York and our style council has passed some new declarations that will surely be the guide for all fashionistas and urban hipsters for this season. Here’s the lowdown in case you missed it…
One of the major determinations made each fashion week are the new colors of the season, for Fall 2016 it looks […]
We have been fortunate enough to have worked in CAD/CAM for a number of years and continue to work on a variety of machines in different locations that have given us an amazing ability to make things by rapid prototyping, also known as 3D printing.
An amazing revolution in manufacturing technology has brought the 3D printers down to deskt […]
There is a fair amount of confusion as to what these terms mean and their importance, so in order to clarify we would like to define and explain their relevance.
Appraisal: An appraisal is a document that is (ideally) written by a professional jewelry appraiser, ideally accredited with the G.I.A. (Gemological Institute of America) or the […]
Inspired by the Mid-Century Art Deco movement we are “redoing” it with our own flair, adding and subtracting elements to bring a fresh approach to this beautiful and classic style. Architecture, furniture, and the decorative arts were all working with a design approach that emphasized the bold, geometric, and “modern” form that we […]
This is the first blog in a long overdue series that will be our latest and greatest creations and stories, thoughts, or otherwise.
So for the brand new year we hit the refresh button and came up with a new design collection which is both an evolution of form and style, but also a revolution in technology and approach. We set out to creat […]
Engaging the Next Generation- FUSE + Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry
Christopher Duquet and Northwestern University recently collaborated once again on a Fuse Studio jewelry design challenge for their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, & math) program. This contest and program went out to 63 locations including schools, l […]
Who doesn’t like Jelly Beans?! And who wouldn’t like them even more if they were beautiful, came in a nearly unlimited variety, and had no calories?! Well, nature’s jelly beans are all around the gem world and when a beautiful gemstone is cut “en-cabochon” it means it is cut without facets and has a smooth surface that absorbs l […]
This ring was inspired by the vines and tendrils that are in so many pieces of art since time began, particularly the art of Aubrey Beardsley and the art nouveau jewelry of the early 20th century. The sensuous lines form curves and the curves form delicate structures that are feminine and flow over the body.
One of our latest collections is called “Facing East.” It is inspired by the ancient and timeless architecture of Asia. The lines, balance, and harmony of these structures conveys a beauty and calmness that is hard to define precisely. Distilling these shapes and forms into a modern jewelry collection was challenging but ultimately fu […]
Bridges and structures like them are so interesting because of the triumph of engineering the lightest, most efficient way of solving a 3 dimensional problem. Gold, like steel, in a larger structure has economic and physical limitations. By designing jewelry that takes advantage of CAD/CAM technology we are able to create miniature struct […]
Back in the Middle Ages jewelry was a little more lethal! Rings were made for royal customers and the merchant princes that were elaborate and decorative, and sometimes had another function. These rings held poison in them and were used to eliminate fellow diners or drinkers who had fallen out of their favor. Some of the rings, which were […]
Different experts may have various opinions of the best strategy to design your own engagement ring, so that said, this is my advice.
First and foremost, the most important consideration is the taste and opinion of the intended end user of this project. If it is not you, then keep your goals focused on that person and don’t be distracte […]
What a great question! The answer is that there are many place to buy an engagement ring and many opinions as to which is the best. There are pros and cons to each channel of distribution that one chooses so here is a brief description of the different ways to purchase an engagement ring in Chicago.
Buying Jewelry on the internet
Many pe […]
Both of these terms: “antique” and “vintage” are used commonly throughout Chicago, and elsewhere throughout the United States. They are interchangeable to most people, but they are actually more specific than we generally recognize. The word antique refers to something that is old, or commonly understood to be older than is curren […]