By Rachael Taylor
If the tiny Swiss town of Schaffhausen sounds familiar to you, it is probably because you’ve seen it tacked on the title of a very famous watch brand, namely IWC Schaffhausen. And indeed, while the watchmaker is major force in thie Medieval town on the river Rhine, less than an hour’s drive from Geneva, there is another busy workshop in Schaffhausen, that of 159-year old jewellery manufacturer Furrer Jacot.
Its small but industrious workshop is situated just a short walk from the centre town, next to an abandoned steel works (which is in the midst of being regenerated into a mixed-use residential and commercial development; its cavernous 400m-long hall once sized to accommodate steel beams to be turned into an urban garden). Here a team of about 35 artisans work using traditional methods, with the aid of some modern highly precise machinery, to create luxury wedding rings in a manner that mimics the practices of the once bustling steel works.