Gerhard C. Herbst
Exquisite handcrafted jewelry
How our Jewelry is Made
Initial blank for earring style 608 shown below. Cut from SS/14K Gold sheet.
Forging and anticlastic raising are processes in which hammers are used to shape the metal by simultaneously stretching and compressing the material. Like a sculptor who develops his forms from a block of clay, the accomplished metalsmith skillfully demonstrates the intrinsic plastic quality of metal and generally renders the original shape unrecognizable in the finished form.
Sequential stages of the anticlastic forming process for earring style 608
The images above illustrate some of the various stages of the manufacturing process of earring style 608. Once the forming process is complete, the metalsmith then sands and polishes the piece, resulting in a beautiful piece of jewelry.