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100% Made in France jewelry

The art of jewelry craftsmanship

Promoting French heritage with a combination of innovation, ethics and environmental sustainability, is our mission through ODACE jewelry.

Thus, all of our jewels are hand made in our french workshops. For several generations talented men and women have strived to preserve and pass down an incredible artisanal craftsmanship. To prove our engagement, our workshops have received a label from the RJC (Responsible Jewelry Council), Joaillerie de France, and are recognized by the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living heritage companies). Proud of these trust-based partnerships, we reveal everything you need to know about the creation of the jewels and invite you for a behind the scenes look of our jewelry atelier.

To be transparent and because we have nothing to hide, we can bring you behind the scenes of ODACE jewelry creation.

Step 1 :
The idea - the design

Everything starts with an idea, an inspiration. A trip, a movie, a poem : everything can trigger our imagination and creation. Pictures, words, and objects are gathered from our imagination to form an inspiration board, a moodboard. From these inspirations, the first sketches appear. These rough sketches become more detailed and precise as do our ideas. After multiple hesitations, we obtain a precise drawing for each of our jewelry pieces. The design is created.

ODACE - La conception du bijou - L'idée Le design - Bague La captivante
ODACE - La conception du bijou - La modelisation 3D - Bague La captivante

Step 2 :
The 3D model

This drawing is then turned into a 3D model thanks to a powerful software to be more realistic. This is the moment when the jewel begins to come to life. We see real dimensions, volume, and multiple angles. This is the moment when the last adjustments can be made depending on technical constraints and the visual result.

Step 3 :
The wax model

Before the official design with precious metals, the jewel is made out of wax, by hand or with the help of a 3D printer. This model is then placed on a rod, next to other waxes to come form a tree wax-up.

ODACE - La conception du bijou - La maquette en cire
ODACE - La conception du bijou - La fonte

Step 4 :
The smelting

Here, the smelter starts the lost-wax casting process. The first step consists in covering the tree wax-up with plaster before placing it in the oven. With the heat, the plaster hardens, the wax melts and drains off leaving inside the mold, the jewels trace. 18K gold is melted and poured into the plaster mold. The mold is put in cold water to break the mold and liberate the gold jewel.

Step 5 :
The recovery of smelting

The gold jewel liberated from its mold is still stuck to the original tree wax-up. The jeweler has to detach each piece one by one. Afterwards the finishing after casting is necessary to clean, file, and fix small imperfections. The jewel setting is ready.

ODACE - La conception du bijou - La reprise de fonte
ODACE - La conception du bijou - Le sertissage - Bague La joueuse - Diamant de laboratoire

Step 6 :
The crimping

The jewel is then passed on to the setter. He/she puts our lab-grown diamonds on the gold setting. This thorough step is particularly complex because there are a multitude of crimping methods : claw, sealed, granule… The ultimate goal is to emphasize the gem as much as possible, all while guaranteeing a perfect setting.

Step 7 :
The burnishing

The last step is to erase all the smears that the artisans could have left on the jewel while working on it. The gold is perfectly smooth. The diamonds sparkle brilliantly. The jewel is ready !

ODACE - La conception du bijou - Le polissage

A made to order
jewelry

Specially made for you

A made to order
jewelry

Specially made for you

We encourage “slow conception” and proceed with a “pre-order” system. This means that we start to create the jewels when they are ordered on our website. Our jewels are specially designed for you. We produce the right quantity and only what is needed : no overstocking, or unsold stocks. This allows us to personalize each of your jewels (the color of the gold, or an engraving). This system requires a little patience, but we strive to respect a delay of 4 to 6 weeks between the order and the shipping.

ODACE - 4.5 - La conception du bijou - 1

The boxing

A local production

Since each jewel comes in its own box, it is essential to design a packaging in line with our values and our mission : promote the french heritage all while minimizing our environmental impact.

Thus, our boxes are locally hand-made in France with FSC certified paper and recycled cardboard, that guarantee long-lasting wood fibers. Our packaging is simple, refined, anti plastic and no-frills. We have designed a lasting box that protects, sublimes, and accompanies your jewelry throughout your lifetime.

Located in the Yvelines department, our workshop is also Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant labeled, a token of appreciation to distinguish french artisanal craftsmanship companies and industrial sectors of excellence.

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CONTACT

hello@odace.co

+33 (0)6 81 34 87 07

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