Tiny hammers with rounded edges, tools often made by the master craftsmen, are used to ‘beat’ texture onto the surface of the gold. These subtle indentations create a dappled, rippled effect that enhances the metal’s natural plasticity and accentuates the inherent softness of 22 kt gold. The play of light and shade across the pattern of recessions and indentations adds extra luster to the gold’s natural sheen.
The procedure takes time. The jewel is stabilized in a bed of tar pitch and beaten rhythmically from the back. The hardening tar enables the experienced goldsmith to exert a gentle and uniformly controlled movement. Once the desired effect is reached, the tar is then reheated to release a superbly crafted, unique and entirely hand-made piece of jewelry.