Every one of Ted’s trinkets and treasures starts with a prototype, otherwise known as the master model. BIJOU frame is hand carved into volcanised rubber wheels which perform a frantic pirouette in the spin casting machine. Molten metal poured into the machine weaves into the carving which, once cooled, forms the three-dimensional figurine – BIJOU 1.0 is born!
Ted’s master artisans have over 20 years of jewellery-making experience each which is visible in all of his frosting. They are perfectionists by nature and will not deem the master model complete until it is meticulously polished, sawed, filed, drilled and soldered to perfection. This is just half the work, however, before applying the finishing touches…
BIJOU exudes character through her intricate engraving, lending her chignon human-like hair and lifelike ballet pumps upon her feet. Once complete, she will be recreated in numbers with robust brass and plated in a lustrous yellow gold or rose gold. You may notice that BIJOU glitters a little brighter than her older sister CLARAA, owed to her pavé crystal bodice.
Ted’s master craftsmen apply individual Swarovski stones by hand, including a pin-sized stone on her toes. Not simply just a talking pointe but it’s also where her nickname ‘Twinkle Toes’ comes from. The pavé wraps right round her back, where you will find Ted's name neatly laser engraved. As with anything Ted creates, you will find his signature stamp: a certificate of his No Ordinary Designer quality.
After BIJOU'S pearly head and moveable limbs are set in place, all that’s left is to get dressed. Her full-skirted tutu and delicate bow may even look familiar – the fabrics are used in Ted’s mainline collection, after all.