HANDMADE STONE JEWELRY

process

Process

Using rough rocks from around the world, many discovered or obtained during our travels, the finest stones are selected to be cut and completed as jewelry. Using a 16-­inch diamond blade saw, rough rocks are slabbed to reveal interesting and unique colors and patterns often not evident from the rock’s exterior. Using a 6-inch diamond­-tipped trim saw, slabs are cut into individual jewelry-sized pieces that emphasize these natural colors and patterns. Occasionally, if a slab exhibits fractures, we will tap the slab with a rock hammer until the slab breaks along the fracture lines, resulting in uniquely shaped jewelry pieces emphasizing the natural features of the stone.

Once the rough shape is established, each stone is further shaped using grinding wheels to remove rough edges, then the stones are polished using finer and finer grits until each stone exhibits a nice finished texture. Harder stones, such as agates, jasper and chalcedony, will display a brilliant shine, while softer stones, such as chrysocolla, calcite and Indian Paint Rock, will display a matte or satin finish. After polishing, each piece is set with a stylish metal or wire-wrapped bail designed to accent the unique features of the stone.

Jordana Stone Design is committed to sustainability. In addition to the rocks we find ourselves, we support the global rock trade by acquiring rough rock through a network of small and independent miners and wholesalers, often hand­selecting the rough rock at gem and mineral shows. We understand that significant resources were used to extract and transport the rough rock from the far reaches of our planet, and we strive to generate as little waste material as possible from our operations. Roughly 99 percent of all rough rock materials are ultimately used, including using small bits and pieces of rock generated during the stone cutting process to create stone mosaics, and offering surplus pieces of rock to children of all ages for educational purposes and art projects.