When we were trying to coin a term to describe our now industry-recognized jewellery process, “Cast-Not-Set” encompassed the broad-brush-strokes of what it is we do. Follow us for a moment—the best analogy to describe Cast-Not-Set is thinking about cookie dough.
A meticulous step-by-step process involving plaster molds, wax, gold and stones—much like a recipe for a very involved, luxurious cookie—Cast-Not-Set means that we pour molten gold in with stones in a cast to seal them in place. Akin to chocolate chips suspended in dough, our stones might move a smidge here and there as they’re engulfed by gold—encouraging subtle but lovely variation between each piece (if you’re curious, our Constellation and Confetti rings are all made through this convention-bending technique).
Over time, we’ve pushed the boundaries of that Cast-Not-Set process (or, to keep on with our analogy, making cookies) to craft more elaborate, surface-mounted pieces like our Encrusted Skull rings or Padlock necklaces (think—decorating gingerbread houses with gumdrops and sprinkles).
So while we can guarantee there will be nuance between each Cast-Not-Set object, we can also promise the integrity of your jewellery’s design won’t stray far from what you see on our site.
We usually don’t pick favorites, but when it comes to metals, recycled 18K yellow gold and recycled 20K rose gold are the ones. These two metals are the most resource-effective for our process and we can ensure the highest quality cast objects when using them. White gold and platinum don’t flow well in our casting process. But don’t fret—we have no doubt you’ll be able to rock either of our studio-metals with whatever your heart desires.
Sapphires, diamonds, and rubies are our studio-stones. If you’ve perused our site, you’ve seen them—they’re gorgeous! Above all else, they’re strong. We do not work with turquoise, opal, or any other soft semi-precious stones—they can’t withstand our renegade Cast-Not-Set process.
That’s right—all pendants and necklaces are sold with recycled 18k yellow gold or recycled 18k rose gold chains and S-hook catches. If you desire a longer or shorter chain than what’s listed in our product descriptions—or a different hook catch—let us know when you place your order. But please note, additional fees apply.
It’s actually a signature of our Cast-Not-Set style! Neither a defect nor a covered stone, we lovingly refer to this characteristic sprue mark as the “tummy button” of our rings. This mark is a result of the gold’s entry into the ring—evidence of their wholly unique making.
We promise the stones are there, but they may have shifted, sank, or been covered with gold. This is a natural, celebrated result of our renegade Cast-Not-Set process. There’s something quite special about not having complete control over the materials we use and the act of them converging. Like a secret only you know, get lost in the magic of it all—the idea that under the surface, there are still things that sparkle.