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An ethical family workshop-getting to know your jewellery

A black and white photograph of tools found in an ethical jewellery workshop

Ethical fashion is a conversation on everyone’s lips right now, and as a jewellery brand who takes pride in the provenance of our pieces it's also something we feel very strongly about. We ensure we ethically design, source and manufacture our jewellery in a way that benefits all of our workers, all of our precious stones and metals are ethically sourced from reliable suppliers, as this is something that's very important to us and our customers. So we’re going to be writing a series of blog posts where we’ll be letting you in on some of the behind the scenes action, sharing with you where and how your favourite pieces are made, so you can get a better idea about the production process here at Maravilo, and what better way is there to kick start the series than getting to know the talented craftsmen who are responsible for bringing your jewellery to life.

Meet Nubar and Sami, our skilled team of craftsman who not only share the same passion for craft and artistry but who also share the same DNA. Now the jewellery industry is no stranger to a family duo, Maravilos very own designers Vi Twins are living prove of this, and the Cankar family are no exception. United by their love for design and craft, this family of jewellery maker designers prove that a familiar bond can work well in the craft industry.a photograph of craftsman hand finishing jewellery in their ethical family workshopNubar                                                                                Sami

Getting to know who is making what you wear.

Sami, the founder of this historic workshop, has been in the industry for more than 30 years. The tradition in and around the Grand Bazaar is for each individual to specialise in a different field, and gathering a network of the right craftsmen around you will make or break your jewellery. Sami Cankar specialises in taking freshly cast unpolished pieces and working tirelessly to perfect each and every link, bending them into the right shape, and bringing them that little bit closer to the finished products you see on Maravilo.

Nubar is responsible for starting the process, and this begins with casting. This technique has been used in jewellery production for quite some time, creating a prototype and putting it into a mold from gypsum (the same material used by doctors to make casts for broken bones), allows jewellers to recreate a design without having to start from scratch. The prototype is then taken out of the gypsum and replaced by liquid gold or silver, mix gold with copper to get a warm rose gold or add silver to produce shiny white gold.

A photograph of a talented craftsman hand finishing jewellery in the workshop

After years of working in New York and Cairo, Sami’s son Nubar returned home as he felt no where else held the same character and authenticity as the family workshop. Today jewellers have adopted the technology of 3D printing, and after Nubar decided to partner up with his father he brought the 21st century to the workshop by applying advanced computer rendering techniques. He is responsible for making sure that the casting process goes smoothly and that his dad gets the pieces without any imperfections. Remember, a single imperfection on the casting can result in wasted precious gold or silver, not to mention a ruined design.

A black and white photograph of artisans using 3D printing.Once the 3D render is complete, it is sent to be 3D printer from a polymer blend, Nubar then takes the plastic prototype, and works on smoothing it out and bringing it closer and closer to the designers’ vision. Once that’s done, we are on the way to producing the first metal prototype. This is only the first stage of the production process, stay tuned to discover more about how your jewellery is made. 

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