TRADITION IS WHAT LINKS US TO WHO WE ARE
In 2013, (Spectore Corporation’s 30th anniversary year) Spectore announced what they described as their greatest contribution to the jewelry industry thus far calling it, act four in its many major milestones. Spectore and other industry leaders see this as its greatest and most important achievement to date. These revolutionary collections, fully demonstrate Spectore’s most proprietary advanced bonding and joining technologies which will be showcased in cutting edge collections. Through these process Spectore is able to fully and permanently integrate precious and contemporary materials. Named “More Than One”, these new design achievements consummate the union of century old traditions of jewelry materials and craftsmanship to today’s most advanced strategic materials and technologies. Why More Than One? The answer is simple; in discovering methodologies for uniting dissimilar materials at a molecular level, the future is infinite. It truly is a marriage of art and science as never before imagined. In brief, these allow precious metals to once again be affordable and not flimsy.
Joining metals that are similar and compatible is nothing new and requires little or no specialized equipment or metallurgical knowledge. Combining dissimilar materials is like mixing oil and water
The three primary processes are as follows:
Co-Casting: In this process we are casting one or more metals into a base platform or mounting made of one or more materials, generally with melting points higher than the accent materials. The challenges here are numerous and varied depending on the materials chemistry, reactivity, variances in the different materials expansion and contraction rates, and learning the proper investment material that will work best for the specific combination. Preparation of the base component is critical to success.
Co-Extrusion: In this process two or more materials are drawn through dies under extreme heat and pressure, forming a molecular bond which is inseparable unless mechanically cut, ground, chemically etched or otherwise removed. This process is ideal for products which call for tubular blanks. The challenges are to accurately and consistently maintain both proportionate the materials mass and chemistry. This requires specialized machines and dies.
Lamination: Here the materials are bonded and/or laminated by pressing, drawing, welding (any number of methods), and/or extruding the materials in any or all combinations. This may be done with heat and in two or more material layers alternating in any sequence. The materials may, at the same time or afterward, be further extruded, drawn or formed in a die or mold having the contours that correspond with the contours of an alternative metal surface. They may also be joined by forming an alternative metal piece from a die or mold having a metal surface that matches the underside of a precious metal laminate or by placing the alternative metal piece underneath the precious metal. This can be done in any sequence i.e. gold to titanium to cobalt to silver to black titanium to platinum and to titanium. Another option is bonding them together through pressure and application of a heat induced treatment with flame, oven, induction, convention, friction or heat pressure heating during the pressing, with or drawing and/or extruding process (without an intermediary layer).
Spectore is one the few manufacturers in the world dedicated to the research and development of high temperature casting of contemporary metals in small formats.
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Edward Mirell, Spectore's private label line is global leader of contemporary metals jewelry, blending a passion for design with the latest technology to create unique jewelry accessories. The line specializes in award-winning titanium pieces, implementing patented technology to create unique designs, colors and styles.