The Artist

Artisans Jewelry Shoppe is a modern shop representing six generations of European craftsmanship. Born in Belgium, the owner, Philippe Dewailly, trained under the best of the Continental masters. earrings with aquamarines and black Tahitian pearlsHis mother, grandfather, and their ancestors began making jewelry before the turn of the 19th century.

Philippe apprenticed under the Crown jeweler to King Baudoin I of Belgium. He has helped fabricate jewelry for royalty, and he carries on the tradition, making regular visits back to Europe to compare new ideas and techniques. As a member of the Austin jewelry community for over 25 years, Philippe views craftsmanship as the essential ingredient of fine jewelry.

Shop online or come by the shop and visit the modern world meeting the old. You can choose from one of his existing pieces or he can use his talents will blend your ideas into a new piece that is uniquely yours. He can also rework an existing piece that you already have.

Handcrafted Mokume Gane Earrings w/ Sterling Silver and Gold

You are seeing only a few of the pieces that Philippe has crafted. Take a look at the detail and see if a visit to him wouldn′t stimulate your interest.

Member: Association of Professional Jewelers

Diploma: Associate Degree of Applied Science in Jewelry

Certificates: GIA Diamond Grading, GIA Colored Stone Grading, JA Certified Master Bench Jeweler

Jewelry Manufacturing Instructor at Austin Community College

Mokume-Gane

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Mokume-Gane metal crafting is a highly-skilled technique that emerged from the finest sword makers of Japan. In the late 1600’s to mid 1800’s the role of samurai swords transitioned from being a weapon for battles to a decorative symbol of the warrior class. The quality and intricacy of the decoration of the sword was an indicator of the owner’s social status. Mokume Gane (translation: wood grained metal) is one of the specialized techniques that was developed to decorate these beautifully crafted swords.

mokume gane cross, amethyst, diamonds

The method was developed by Japanese sword maker, Denbei Shoami (1651-1728). The technique consists of bonding at least two layers of different colored metals through heat and pressure. The heat causes the molecules to become agitated and to intermingle between the interfaces of the metal sheets. A new molecular structure is created between the metal layers, forming one homogenous mass. The layers of design results from carving, twisting and forging the metals together to obtain unique and contrasting patterns. Mokume Gane can be used in metalsmithing, jewelry making, the creation of hollowware, as well as a wide variety of other applications.

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