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- ETHICAL REMINDER AND CRAFTING PERIOD:
Kerstin Laibach makes and restores pieces ONLY using recycled
precious metals and stones ... NEVER newly mined.
For ethical, economic and
secure reasons, Laibach does not hold stock of precious metals
or gems. For your bespoke commission with precious metals please
allow two or three days after your initial order before crafting
If your piece requires (recycled) antique precious stones - or
lab-created diamonds this specifically ethical mode in sourcing
a perfect stone for your piece may take two to three weeks depending
on the type of stone required.
Therefore please ensure that you place your order well in advance
of any special occasion, in which case also factor in the possibility
of a waiting list before Kerstin Laibach can hand make your piece.
PRICES OF SILVER
Pieces shown entirely in silver are often accompanied with a "from"
Although the "from" estimate is often a fairly close indicator
of the end price, it is not possible to provide a fixed price
on the web page due to the bespoke nature of each piece. Kerstin
Laibach hand makes each of her pieces to order, and the end cost
entirely depends on the required size plus any additional requirements
within the design. This is always the case with rings, which depend
on ring size, width and the thickness you require. Overall size
can alter the cost to a certain extent with silver rings but to
a much higher degree with more expensive precious metals. This
is because the cost of the precious metals has to be calculated
into the finished price. For example, a ring for a large finger
could contain a third more precious metal than the identical design
ring for a small finger.
Upon ordering silver pieces a 50% deposit (or full payment if
you wish) is required before crafting commences.
PRICES OF GOLD,
PLATINUM and PALLADIUM DESIGNS:
All Laibach designs in all recycled precious metals are entirely
handmade by Kerstin Laibach. A price estimate for a gold, platinum
or palladium piece can only be provided on request.
As an example, while the price estimate of a Laibach "Hasel"
ring 6mm wide - 2mm thick in Sterling silver may be approximately
160 Euro, its equivalent in 18ct gold may estimate at roughly
1,700 Euro. Not only does the type of precious metal dramatically
alter the ring's end value but also the size, width and thickness.
Being hand forged from the raw precious metals, all Laibach ring
designs can be made in the measurements most suited to its wearer.
(As mentioned above, please don't forget that a ring for a large
finger could contain a third more precious metal than the identical
design ring for a small finger.)
Therefore, when Kerstin Laibach works out your cost estimate,
she calculates as closely as possible the end cost of your rings
based on the measurements you provide.
Upon ordering gold pieces a 75% deposit is required before crafting
you are not familiar with the potential high cost values of pieces
made in platinum and gold please read this notice first.
also see the Laibach ring-sizing requirements here.
PRICES OF SILVER
WITH GOLD DESIGNS:
Prices of currently available silver with gold pieces (such as
the Laibach's Angels Collection) are accurate in relation to the
actual piece shown. If the actual piece shown is already sold
then a price estimate will be indicated next to the shown piece.
Upon ordering silverwith gold pieces a 50% deposit is required
before crafting commences. (Iin some circumstances, depending
on gold quantity, full payment may be accepted.)
CONTAINING SURFACE GATHERED STONES:
If a Collection piece containing
surface gathered stones has already been sold it is unlikely that
it can be repeated since Kerstin Laibach creates each design around
the form of a natural uncut stone. However, a similar design can
sometimes be created, based on a previously sold collection piece,
therefore the price shown next to a sold piece may give you a
rough guide price for similar designed piece. (Please note that
Kerstin Laibach does not repeat bespoke pieces especially designed
for and commissioned by individual clients.) Please
also remember that each design crafted around natural uncut stones
is unique, and this means no two pieces are the same. Because
of this, requested prices for similar pieces may vary to those
shown as examples.
Deposit is required before crafting commences. The amount of deposit
depends on the type of precious metals in the piece.
AND RECYCLED ANTIQUE PRECIOUS STONES:
A piece which includes lab-created
diamonds or recycled antique diamonds and precious stones can
be made for you on special request. Please note that Atelier Laibach
does not stock any kind of diamonds. A lab-created diamond or
recycled antique precious stone / diamond is specially sourced
- only for inclusion in a customer's piece on request.
Upon ordering pieces with precious stones a 75% deposit is required
before crafting commences.
PIECES MADE FROM
YOUR OLD UNWANTED JEWELLERY:
Prices for pieces made from your old jewellery are calculated
on the precious metal and stones which may or may not be be usable
from such jewellery. In some but not all cases Kerstin Laibach
can create a new piece for you containing just the materials from
your old jewellery. Depending on whether additional precious metals
are required to create your piece determines the end cost.
See also: http://www.kerstinlaibach.com/english/repair.htm
Upon ordering pieces which includes
your own precious metals/stones a deposit may or may not be required
before crafting commences, depending on the value of your jewellery.
CUSTOMS DUTY PAYABLE
IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE EU.
There is no tax included in
your personal price estimate. If you live outside the EU you will
most likely be required to pay your country's customs duty / tax
upon receiving your jewellery. Please contact your country's customs
department for further information.
of Laibach Precious Metals Principle
Kerstin Laibach only uses
recycled precious metals and not new-mined,
so no environment / habitat displacement, no animal-derived products
and is cruelty-free.
is the difference between recycled gold and new-mined gold?
Colours, Alloying for your Perfect Choice
Kerstin Laibach's collection and bespoke pieces can include many
precious metal options which are chosen to create harmonic contrasts
in her designs, and because she never plates her pieces (i.e.
rhodium - a typical jewellers embellishment of short-lived effect),
she works with the natural colour of recycled pure precious metals
and alloys. To learn more about recycled precious metal colour
options which Kerstin Laibach can offer and to read more about
finishing and the special qualities of a Laibach piece please
see the informative page:
Silver, Palladium or Platinum? Which Colour and How Thick?
Based on Kerstin Laibach's
ethical principles and crafting practices she does not plate her
Plating / galvanizing / coating (most commonly gold or rhodium),
is a short-lasting micro-fine layer of precious metal alloy, partly
used to prevent tarnishing on silver and low carat golds, but
foremost for adding a more vivid depth of colour to jewellery.
Used extensively in the industry, it can simultaneously cover
up imperfections associated with cheap casting and substandard
work, while the "mesmerizing" finish entices customers who may
not be thinking of long-term appearances. When plating wears off,
a jewellery piece can look quite different to the radiant item
you originally bought.
Truely ethical jewellery, entirely hand forged by Kerstin Laibach,
is clearly distinquishable from jewellery which depends on chemical
plating to artificially embellish appearance.
Laibach's full advice on plating can be found here
here for Kerstin Laibach's handmade chains
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