To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Line Art CHARMANT, we formed a collaboration with the high-end jewellery brand HIROUMI to further our brand philosophy of “beauty in comfort.” Mr. Takaharu Hiroumi is the third-generation owner of Atelier HIROUMI, which was established in 1930. He is a master jeweller who became the first Japanese person to win a gold medal at the World Skills competition held in Montreal in 1999.
“The proposal to fuse jewellery with frames was a new challenge for our atelier. We usually work with platinum and gold as raw materials, however titanium, with its different hardness, toughness and sparkle, was an appealing challenge. Craftsmen at the turn of the 19th century likely felt the same way about using platinum. I believe that titanium, which is hard but can be fashioned into small claws, has a high capability for holding diamonds and other precious stones firmly in place.”
To accomplish the captivating anniversary models with jewellery settings, Line Art CHARMANT executives in Sabae and HIOURMI’s atelier in Osaka exchanged ideas and repeated trial models almost daily. “The technical people at Charmant were very meticulous and painstakingly detailed in their efforts. Even though we came from different industries, we were able to work together through our shared approach to craftsmanship.”
Top Charmant engineers spent a week manually polishing titanium parts that had been hewed from a block using a five-core machine. Then, Mr. Hiroumi carefully set each precious stone in place, maximising their brilliance. The flowery showpieces were completed thanks to the fine work of skilled craftsmen. In addition to the collaborative works with HIROUMI, three celebration models have been produced to commemorate the 10th anniversary. All of these are special pieces that look to the future and add sparkle to the wearers.