Case Studies

Wartski Jewellers




Manufacturer: Feathercast Ltd

Product: Jesmonite AC730 

Jesmonite has often proved to be the “jewel in the crown” for many long-standing and highly-respected institutions around the world when it comes to producing the exact finish and texture required for a particular project.

So when Wartski Jewellers wanted a new showroom designed at their premises in St James’s, London, Jesmonite quickly featured in the conversation.

Feathercast came on board as manufacturer,with architects from Waldo Works and prestige shopfitters Benbow Group,  and set about meeting the requirements of the project. Emma Pearson, managing director of Feathercast, takes up the story:

“We were called upon to help with the fit-out of the prestigious jewellery and antique retailer Wartski’s high profile premises in St James’s with a brief of supplying a finish of ribbed concrete with Welsh slate to tie in with the original Welsh gold.

“Welsh gold is possibly the rarest gold in the world, used in rings at royal weddings since the Queen Mother began the trend in 1923 with a number hand-crafted by Wartski.

“The main shop space had a floor area of about 75 square metres and the task was to make profiled wall panels to go around the perimeter.

“The panels needed to be about three metres in height and manufactured with an eye on accommodating inset display vitrines. Further panels were constructed as frontages where cabinets were to be concealed above and below the display areas.

“The cabinets needed to be fully functional while remaining dimensionally stable to allow the rib design to follow through on the sections.

“The engineering behind the panels had to be lightweight but secure enough to clad elements to incorporate high-level security of the multi-million pound items, even including miniature lifts, which carry items up from the vault.

“We worked closely with Jesmonite on the project and it was decided we could provide the desired, slightly rough, finish by using Jesmonite AC730 with a light acid etch to take off the top polymer layer. We then added a sealant over this to avoid staining or discolouration in the future.

“Colours were an important factor and we wanted to come up with something to recognise Wartski’s Welsh heritage. It was agreed we use a mid-grey base colour incorporating flecks of white, black and light grey, with the black flecks effect produced by Welsh slate.

“Every wall in the showroom is clad in Jesmonite from floor to ceiling, which looks stunning.

“Jesmonite once again proved to be the ideal material to fulfill the brief, making it by far the best option for the panels and in producing the correct colour scheme and texture sought by the client. It was an excellent project to be involved with and everyone connected with the fit-out was delighted with the results.”

Images courtesy of Benbow Group

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