Making of Lai
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.