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welcome to silversmithing: from classic jewelry to edgy

The history of silversmithing

Silversmithing became very popular during the 17th and 18th century HOWEVER its history dates to waaayyyyy before that. As a matter of fact, it is said that what we call now modern silversmithing has been passed down since 4695 BC. In other words, it is a very old craft that we still use to this day. This art includes processes such as annealing (heating the silver to 593 degree celsius to make if softer); engraving (cutting designs in the surface of the metal); polishing (the last step before a piece is done and that make it look smooth and shiny) and soldering (assembling 2 pieces of metal together with heat). Silversmithing requires tools such as hammers, anvils, torch, mandrels and more. A lot of these tools are actually the same ones we used in the ancient times.

Nowadays we mostly see silver objects in the form of jewels but back in the 18th century, silverware was very much present and a good silversmith could turn old coins into beautiful and functional objects such as cups and cutlery.

My journey in silversmithing

I started silversmithing over 16 years ago and graduated 12 years ago from the Montreal School of Jewellery. Although I have learned classic jewelry and learned some of these ancient techniques, I wanted to create alternative pieces of jewelry for I am what I call a free spirit and conforming has never been for me. Silversmithing and metalsmithing in general is a never ending passion for me and I always reach further to perfect my craft to create more and more extreme and edgy jewelry. I now integrate other metals in my work such as damascus steel (a steel usually used to make knives) or brass for it’s golden color. I also got into 3D cad design which also helps me materialize my most wicked ideas. I am thankful I got into this ancient craft and can use it to express and share pieces of my soul with you.

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