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As an inconditional of this country and its culture it saddens me seeing this superb accesory replaced by an extremily vulgarized object in an industrial production carried out in low cost countries.

The fan is a jewel, it highlights the look of the woman, it praises the hand that handles it, has its own secular codes while being modern, trend, fashionable, even vanguardist, it complements the attire and is simply beautiful. Recently, all over Europe, the more prestigious haute couture houses are adding it to their collections.

To ennoble and bring back its aura to this 100% Spanish craft I have met the most famous craftmen of the peninsula.
I am glad to present you the best of this art and the raison d'etre of this galery-boutique, this space is dedicated to the fan, and to all of you.

Spanish Fan

The fan is without doubt one of the most emblematic symbols of Spain

Welcome, my home is yours.

Published in Blog Didier Borgeaud
Friday, 23 November 2012 22:32

Blown Glass

In the first century BC, a new method appeared to work crystal: glass blowing.

This technique was used for the first time in Syria thanks to the invention of blowpipe.

The blowpipe is a more or less 2-meter-long hollow metallic tube which is splayed at the end. It is covered with wood: therefore the craftsman doesn’t burn his hands. To blow the glass, you first have to heat the blowpipe so that it can glue on the glass and then, the craftsman blows the material to inflate it and give it the desired shape.

The glass blowing is either in open air or in molds.

After the apparition of glass blowing, a hollow glass industry rises from Syria to Gaul, including Spain too.

We have used this method to create some of our decorative objects which you can find in our shop, such as our little figurines or some vases for example.

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Multicolour jewels thanks to “millefiori"

The first transparent glasses were first made during the reign of Philip II of Macedon, at the Hellenic period. Indeed, around the year 350 BC, Macedonian people had the idea to add manganese dioxide - a black or brown chemical compound - to molten glass which fades the glass.

At the same time, they improved the existing casting techniques. This made them able to create large size crystal objects, such as dishes and decorative objects, as well as multicolour jewels thanks to “millefiori”. This method, meaning “thousand flowers” in Italian, gives a mosaic impression to the objects produced by this way. Indeed, to get a “millefiori’, you have to compose an initial pattern thanks to various glasses of different colours. Then, you have to superpose these layers of glass to form a roll, before lengthening and cutting them in order to get similar patterns with different sizes. By the way, this technique is more specifically used to produce jewellery beads.

Didier Borgeaud

Published in Blog Didier Borgeaud
Friday, 23 November 2012 14:12

Christmas Market of Namur

Christmas Market of Namur. November, 30 to December, 31 2012


Now that the sun has well and truly left Andalucía, it is time to accept the return of the bitter cold. And as I don’t like doing things in half measures, I decided to leave for Belgium one month. What better way than a Christmas Market in Namur to feel again all the magic of these special days ? I can already picture the Place d’Armes covered by snow, transformed for the occasion in a small wooden village, smelling good hot wine. That is where I will establish my two chalets…in order to share with both children and adults my fused glass jewels as well as my Christmas decoration.

This Market means even more to me, it is a return to my roots which were in this environment. It is the occasion for my son to get a taste of what I like doing, as he will be lending me a hand. The occasion of rejuvenate for me, as I have always stayed a child. Thus, I look forward to seeing you from November, 30 to December, 31 2012, somewhere amongst the swirl of lights and snowmen wrapped which will have invaded Namur, in order to come and discover or rediscover my creations.

Christmas Market in Namur 2012

Illustrations de Nathalie Polfliet

Best Regards

Didier Borgeaud

Published in Blog Didier Borgeaud
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:10

Glass christmas decorations

 

From season to season


Summer is coming to an end, and it’s about time we thanked you. Thank you indeed, for it would not have been possible to exhibit all our collections of dicroic glass so soon. Thank you, for wearing our jewels is the best way to do them honour. It is always a real pleasure for us to see a lady wearing our glass and sterling silver pendant, or any other fused glass earrings or rings. Let us remind you that this website is mainly made for you so that you could start, extend or complete your own collection.

However, the end of a season means the beginning of the other and Didier Borgeaud did not forget to prepare winter. Thus, we are pleased to let you know that we will exhibit Didier Borgeaud’s creations on the Christmas Market of Namur.

 

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Meanwhile, we already have exhibited our ‘winter’ range in our shops, and by the end of the month you will be able to see our Christmas decoration!

See you soon!

Didier Borgeaud

Published in Blog Didier Borgeaud
Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:54

The first glass jewels

 

Did you know?

 

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The first glass jewels appeared a long time before man controlled the production of this material. In fact, glass is an element that naturally exists on Earth from time immemorial. According to scientists, it was already on our planet several hundreds of thousands of years ago. However, man used for the first time a natural glass of volcanic origin for making jewels, and creating other objects as well, around the year 100 000 BC. This volcanic glass, the obsidian, was rich in silica and came from the fusion of acid lavas. The first obsidian fragments collected by humans to fashion jewellery were red, dark green, grey or black. All these jewels had an opaque colour since translucent crystal glass was made by man much later.

The first glass jewels

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Didier Borgeaud

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Published in Blog Didier Borgeaud
Thursday, 07 June 2012 17:03

Try Again Didier Borgeaud

 

Try again Didier Borgeaud

 

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Not easy every day to maintain a blog, or even every week ... especially one in four languages ​​Blog with photos and whether single subject, Glass, without being boring for the few fans who read it, I appointed my family and some associates and trainees may be a few brave customers.

My Web Master told me to use keywords to go in search engines google and others. So I must not only publish regular, but also use words like Didier Borgeaud, Designer Glass, Fused Glass, Glas Artist, Glass Fusing fashion Dichroïque and other ...

What complicates the exercise is also having to be absolutely original, a wise guy, a trickster, or simply a being endowed with common sense would think that since almost everything has been said on the subject, it is sufficient to maintain his blog as Didier Borgeaud Copied and pasted some voila. Ill take you, you would get the opposite effect to that desired. Since Google's powerful software would soon confuse you, and punitive measure, Didier Borgeaud my blog, my sales page online Fused glass jewelry, my new collection of Creation Glass Dicroic would find themselves de facto page 10 In other words ... the abyss.

No ways to cheat, even photos must be original. I get so paranoid that I dare not even republish my own photos.But you have what it takes and look the other way I still got the desired result. I wrote an article casually mentions the Jewelry, Glass merged, Dichroïque, Online Shop, and Didier Borgeaud several times.I know it's a little easier, I actually mischievous grin of the corner of his mouth, but you know I still have to translate it and then I drew your attention right? You now know that my pleasure is the creation of jewelry but I suffered the Dictat search engines and my web master.Believe me if you want, I also like writing and I'll see you soon for a new publication on glass jewelry.

Best Regards

Didier Borgeaud

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Published in Blog Didier Borgeaud
Friday, 01 June 2012 17:49

The Fused Glass (Fusing)

The Fused Glass (Fusing)

 

What fused glass is ? It absolutely bored me to describe or explain technically what the fabrication of a jewelry glass collection is. It's like asking a painter "How paint is it made ?" or "how is the frame of the canvas made ?". 


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Crystal is my frame, the material that I use to express myself. This exalting feeling when the oven get open, when I'm setting the Jewelry, when I put it on a bust, when I shot it with my camera, to see it being chosen and weared, that is what I love and look for

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I would like you to click on the gallery page and tell me that I was right, that you like it, that you had pleasure to travel within the pages, neckless, earrings, and rings.

For curious people, technician, hard-workers… they will still feel hungry, but they will have to wait for the tutorial, maybe an other day but not today. 

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RingFused glass


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Crystal gets the light as a gift, that slowly pierces it, stoping at every bubbles, making it softer or electrifying it, solar or natural. The fusing has no limit, only imagination. It is true that fusing is only a medium, but is the only one that I know which is transparent, the only one to make you think not only about the surface but also about the inside of the piece, an inside that shows itself always in a different way when you look at it on different angles. It is a sculpture with a dimension more. 

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But for me fusing glass is also, mostly and exclusively happiness. It lives, vibrates, rings, sings, and resounds. It is luxury and purity. Actual and timeless, its the autumn, winter, spring and summer fashion. A Didier Borgeaud's jewelry is a lot less grandiloquent that a Didier Borgeaud's blog. The jewelry doesn't need a speech, it talks by itself, it makes you being dressed by is silver dress, it surprises you by the contrast between sobriety and the impact of his attraction.

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A DIdier Borgeaud's jewelry is signature, the brand of a character jewel.

 



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Published in Blog Didier Borgeaud
Friday, 25 May 2012 17:16

dichroic glass

 DICHROIC GLASS 

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As far as I know, neither Murano, nor Lalique, nor Swarovsky, or Baccarat is offering jewelry made of dichroic glass.

Of course it exists although by error the invention of the dichroic glass is assigned to the NASA but in reality it showed up first in the 4th century AD as demonstrated by the « Cup of Lycurgus » exposed in the British Museum.


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The originality of dichroic glass comes from the fact that it diffuses reflections of intensive metallic colors and therefore the colorimetric changes according to the angle it is hold to.

 

Basically this effect is obtained with the deposition of various layers of metallic oxides (such as Gold, Silver, Cadmium, Cobalt, Titanium, Silicon ...) on a glass plate in a vacuum chamber and it is the superposition of different layers deposited at high temperature to the surface of the crystal which lead to the most subtle color range. But artistically it is not important.

Creating is forgetting the technique to leave space for the search of the beauty. Create is to forget the technician to give way to the pursuit of beauty. As it is the essence of my signature, I naturally stick to a clean, contemporary aesthetic. This collection will evolve over time, it will be transformed, will intensify, it may be complexify, however it will remain as long as it will seduce you.

 

Didier Borgeaud 

 

 

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