Lilou’s high level of craftsmanship expertise and quality materials enable us to offer a product of Italian excellence.
Our Goldsmiths and Master setters are highly experienced craftsmen in Valenza, Italy, the manufacturing epicentre of the finest jewellery houses in Europe which include Bulgari, Damiani, Cartier among others.
Lilou’s creations are crafted with scrupulous attention to detail with each stone hand set to the most exacting standards. Our setting work is done under bench microscopes for the best in quality control throughout the gem setting process.
Lilou’s quality control is high jewellery manufacturing standard. The meticulous and precise steps preformed in the creation of our pieces allows us to guarantee our craftsmanship for a lifetime.
When you acquire something from an Italian craftsman you are not acquiring an ordinary object.
You are acquiring hundreds of hours of experiments, tests and failures. Days, weeks and sometimes months of frustration. And moments of pure joy!
You are not just acquiring an item but a craftsman's time committed to perfection. A moment in his life and a whisper of his soul...
And the craftsman's passion is your genuine enjoyment of his creation.
Our Master Gemsetter's are highly qualified in their craft enabling them to utilise various proven setting styles to create the most secure setting for each and every gemstone. Below are a few.
A traditional style of setting, the Gypsy setting is where the crown of the gem is the only part exposed and the table of the gemstone is almost level with the surrounding metal The goldsmith drills a hole in the metal object and places the gemstone into it. Once the gem is in place the metal around the girdle is pushed slightly over the gemstone securing it in place. The Gypsy setting is one of the most secure styles of settings making it the perfect choice for jewellery pieces exposed to harsh environments with frequent knocks.
Prong Setting is the most common and popular type of setting, where the gemstone or diamond is placed within a slim metal cradle, which is meant to house the gemstone's culet (its lower half), and is held in place with small and slim metal prongs, or claws, which grip the gemstone's girdle (its sides). This setting can be used for all kinds of faceted stones. Most prong settings feature either four or six prongs.
Derived from the French word "Pave" meaning to be paved, small diamonds are set together with minimal visibility of the tiny metal beads or prongs holding the stones in place. The jeweler typically drills holes into the ring, carefully places the diamonds into the holes, and finally forms tiny beads, or mini-prongs, around each diamond to secure them into the holes. The effect is one of continuous sparkle.
The Bezel setting is one of the earliest methods of setting gemstones into jewelry. This antique setting features a thin band of metal completely surrounding the gem along its circumference offering superior protection from chipping.The difference between a bezel setting and gypsy setting is that the metal on a bezel setting will almost seem to come up over the gemstone, whereas in a gypsy setting the gemstone is sunk into the metal, so the gemstone sits below the surface of the metal.
Lilou’s ‘Water Jewels’ are professionally crafted by experienced jewellers to the exact standards as high jewelry. All of the gemstones are hand set using the surrounding metal to secure them into place. This is an ancient art and there is no glue used in our products. It is also important to note that your “Water Jewel” will remain static and not be subject to the harsher conditions that a ring, bracelet or watch has to endure thus any concerns regarding the durability of our gem setting should be put to rest. We guarantee it. For a lifetime...