We have been busy behind the scenes working on a new venture… our very own Etsy shop: Orlap Studio Jewellery. In recent years we have made the occasional item of ladies jewellery, using the same techniques and high standards we aim for in our cufflinks. This past few months has given us time to re-evaluate designs that had almost been forgotten, and create new styles which we hope will be as well received by our customers as our cufflinks. Developing, making, photographing and documenting is a slow process, but the shop is starting to fill up. We hope you enjoy looking at our collection.
Some of our standard range can be taken to a new level with the addition of our special touches. 18ct gold kisses or 2pt diamonds set with gold collets, within a contrasting stone, it’s all detailed work.
Our cufflinks are regarded as classics, customers are familiar with the shapes and stones, but it is always worth trying something new… We wanted to develop a range that had no moving parts, making them far heavier and substantial than others in our range. We also wanted to make a feature of the hallmarks. This pair shown are set with Montrose Agate, these are found in the Angus region of Scotland, so it was only right that we asked the Edinburgh Assay Office to engrave the Rampant Lion prominently on the back.
A valued customer approached us with an unusual enquiry… They had a client with a pair of seal engraved red cornelian stones which they wanted setting into some heavy 18ct gold cufflinks. Making and setting cufflinks is what we do, but being entrusted with such unique stones brought with it much extra responsibility, one slip would have damaged the beautiful elephant engravings. Luckily Chris has a lot of patience and a steady hand, he was incredibly relieved when they were finally sent out to the customer!
In order to make a batch of bespoke cufflinks we need to design and create a master mould. This customer wants their company name around the perimeter, so we need to ask our master engraver to hand engrave the lettering on this, so Chris is seen here drawing the lettering on for him to match the size and position. When this master is perfect we can create a wax mould from it, so we can then cast as many identical cufflinks in sterling silver as our customer wishes! Each one will then be hand set with granite, the lettering sharpened up again by the engraver, hallmarked, polished and boxed for the customer. How could they not be proud of their own, unique cufflinks?
A new year and a new member of staff here at Orlap Studio. We have just taken on an apprentice, Elliott will be learning all the skills that are used in our workshop. A large proportion of people we employ and use here in Sheffield are at, near, or past retiring age, so we are inspiring other businesses to take on young people like Elliott to pass on their skills before they literally die with them. He had done some research on us before applying, which made me find out this video of a more youthful Chris making his beautiful hand-chased Sterling Silver orb salt and pepper grinders. https://youtu.be/ylHZg5DQnu4
We couldn’t possibly stock every combination of cufflink style and stone that is available, so sometimes a customer may ask for a particular combination. These beautiful heavy oval cufflinks show off a stone’s properties particularly well, and we agree with our customer that the flamingo pink does look gorgeous in it! Sat next to the rich red cornelian, we think they make a magnificent pair. Perhaps we should add them both to the collection in time for colour co-ordinated wedding season?
Christopher has just returned from a few days in Scotland. Inbetween meeting customers he found time to visit the Kemnay quarry, nestled in the rolling hills of Aberdeenshire. The quarry was opened in 1830 by John Fyfe. Kemnay Granite has been used in many famous buildings and structures, including the Forth Railway Bridge in Edinburgh, and is now used in our beautiful range of British Isle Granite cufflinks.
Over the years Christopher Perry, co-owner at Orlap Studio, has made many prestigious silver and gold items, aside from the day to day business of cufflinks. This year he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to help design and then make all the trophies for the St Leger Festival at Doncaster Racecourse. This image is the new 2016 design of the Doncaster Cup in celebration of the races’ 250th anniversary. Keep an eye out on television over the next few days as he could even be interviewed about this amazing commission! http://bit.ly/2cvY4e1
A shop in Perth rang us a few months ago to ask if we could make a bracelet to replace one that their customer had lost. With the help of our skilled lapidarist Richard Priestley we sourced some beautiful coloured Scottish agates and produced this stunning bracelet for her with them set in 9ct gold. #LoveScotland