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Making of Lai jewellery

Our designs are handcrafted in Jaipur by expert artisans using time honoured techniques with centuries-old craftsmanship and quality. Made with utmost attention to detail, Lai’s jewellery pieces are a labour of love and are crafted using traditional jewellery making techniques like rava (granulation), jali (fret work), meenakari (enamelling) etc.- thereby ensuring continuity of old skills.

Each piece of Lai jewellery is handcrafted in Sterling Silver- the purest form of silver (at 92.5% purity) usable for Silver Jewellery.  To make silver durable enough for use in jewellery, pure silver, which has a .999 fineness (99.9%), is often alloyed with small quantities of copper (7.5%) to provide strength- resulting in the industry standard of .925 Sterling Silver (92.5%). 


 

 It takes a lot to manifest these pieces into works of art.

 

Granulation or rava work: Each 'rava' or granule is applied to the desired spot with the help of tweezers.

Left: Heating the metal to solder- notice the long narrow mouth pipe used to direct the air flow- how remarkably similar it is to the one used centuries ago, by the goldsmith in the vintage sepia picture above! Right: Adding wire work to the base units.

 

Setting the 'Bidri' units onto silver jewellery units.

 

Removing excess metal around the collet after stone setting.

 

Enameling and stone setting on a bead.

 

Individually pave' setting seed pearls onto a bangle.

 

Filing to remove excess metal.

 

Hammering sheet metal into shape.

Each Lai piece, thus created using a mix of traditional and modern techniques, in our workshop, is then finished as per design (glossy, matt, oxidized etc.), thoroughly inspected and carefully packed before we dispatch it to you. 

 

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