THE RECREATION OF A 14th C. MAJAPAHIT RING

 

One of my favorite periods of jewelry crafts is the Majapahit of Indonesia and India.

The Majapahit Empire was a Javanese Hindu-Buddhist thalassocracy empire in Southeast Asia, based on the island of Java, which existed from 1293 to circa 1517.

Thin sheets of gold were repoussed (hammered) with fine details and embedded with precious gemstones.

One of my friends approached me to recreate his beloved 'Bae-Bee', 24K gold ring which had worn down due to the softness of pure gold.  Using the deft skills of my wax carver, we recreated the original forms of the original bee ring.  This did take a few tries, as the carver had added in his version of a 'bee', but the owner wanted it as close to the original as possible.  We made a silicon mold, so when the fine details wear down again from wear, we can melt the gold and make a new one again.

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