The ancient art of the Blacksmith. A Forged Jewellery Collection.
Introducing our Forged Jewellery Collection!
Featuring gold and silver necklaces, earrings, and cufflinks, the Forge Collection is informed by the primal techniques of forging and the history of the blacksmith.
The collection is formed using a combination of hot and cold forging methods, drawing on traditional blacksmithing techniques dating back to as early as 1500BC. Using simple tools, raw metal is expertly hammered into shape, bending, and punching, drawing down and shrinking the pieces to create their honest silhouettes.
The Forge Collection is inspired by the beauty of imperfection and the idea that no two of us are the same. It is our imperfections that make us who we are, and we can mirror and celebrate these nuances through the jewellery we choose to both adorn ourselves with and gift to those we love.
Alice Made This has collaborated with expert forger Vincent Jack and his team to create the Forge Collection. Forging is at the heart and soul of Vincent’s passion for metalwork. Where most people view metal as a static and hard material, Vincent has always seen it as something fluid to mould and manipulate, excited by its malleability.
Vincent’s artworks are a combination of refined skill, a profound understanding of the materials he works with and a connection to his environment. Values that are echoed by Alice Made This.
Vincent is one of the founders of London Bronze Casting, a workshop at the forefront of casting and fabricating complex metal structures. His team of craftspeople have a passion for extensive research, a curiosity for combining the latest technologies with traditional craft, and a dedication to high end raw materials.
The Forge Collection is made up of pendants and charms, precision turned with our engineers in aerospace grade brass and stainless steel. Once perfectly turned, we use the art of forging to deform and add texture to each piece, creating beautiful imperfections.
Our gold and silver pieces are cold forged, tapped and crafted to look crinkled and soft. Each piece is either edge tapped or top tapped by our expert forgers, struck in a different place every time so no two pieces are ever the same.
Our silver pieces are hot forged to offer a brutal yet refined appeal. These pieces are placed into the forge until they are red hot. At approximately 1200 degrees, they are removed from the heat of the fire using tongs and are immediately struck using bespoke texture tools. Each piece is struck with a flattening fuller where necessary and wire brushed to remove the heat scales, before being cooled, cleaned and polished. The result is a crude yet elegant form that has its own unique finish.
Featuring an organic aesthetic, the new Forge Collection celebrates raw metals, exploring how they can be hand worked to look fluid, malleable and organic.
“The Forge Collection and the decision to experiment with the forging process came from a desire to answer ‘Imperfection’ as a working title. The craft of the blacksmith gave us a completely refreshed view of metal as a raw material. Not the hardness we have with our precision turned aerospace pieces, nor the molten metal found in our casting processes, but one where the metal is more like plasticine.
Shaped by the hands of an expert under intense heat and confident action, these pieces are beautifully imperfect. Symbolising human nature, it is our imperfections that make us who we are and allow us to celebrate our individuality.” Alice
This collection is everything that we are… a British precision jewellery business working with aerospace engineers and local artisans using responsibly sourced materials to tell beautiful stories.
Making it meaningful since 2012.