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Live Coverage: Rebecca Jewelry in Florence, Italy  |  Buongiorno! Rebecca officials took a group of about 22 retailers and journalists on a tour of their beautiful new factory in Empoli  near Florence. The building was completely renovated about three years ago  and all of the Rebecca jewelry is made on site; about 250 Italians are employed by Testi  the parent company of Rebecca  as well as a few other brands sold primarily in Europe.  We started our day with a group photo outside of the hotel. Say ‘Parmesan’!  I’ve seen jewelry factories before  but this one  owned by Alessandro Testi  is impressive because it’s so new chronoswiss delphis watch   beautiful (contemporary décor)  and  orderly. Just how orderly? Company president  Agostino Magni  told me a little story tonight after dinner that reflects his boss’ singular vision for success  and  perhaps  perfection: Just a few days after employees settled into their new space  Magni moved a lamp on his desktop. Testi  a few doors down—and able to see across the entire floor by way of glass walls in all offices—walked into Magni’s office and moved the lamp back into its original location.  The exterior of the Rebecca factory. No doubt  Testi has a vision that is apparent company-wide breguet replica watch   not just in Magni’s office. The entire facility—from desktops to the casting room to assembly areas—are free of clutter and personal effects  and  are wide open and humming with activity and evidence of efficiency. In 10 years (and just three in the U.S.)  Testi has built the Rebecca brand into an international powerhouse with sales in 42 countries  and production of 8 000-12 000 pieces of jewelry a day. [Please  take a moment to be impressed]. Some 75 percent of this production is ‘just in time’  which means that items are made as they are ordered—there’s no huge stockroom full of inventory waiting to be ordered  or  waiting to age. Testi is responsible for 85 percent of all designs  according to Magni  and the company name swiss replica watches   Rebecca  comes from the name of the Testi’s first-born daughter omega seamaster replica watches   Rebecca. Our group first convenes in the conference room  before the tour. Left to right: Agostino Magni and Alessandro Testi Still curious? Check out the following tour photos for more information. Also be sure not to miss photos of peers on this trip on JCK Facebook (your mug might even already be up there).  After Testi sketches his designs on paper michele replica watches   they are translated in CAD-CAM programs  and silhouettes of finished pieces can be seen on computer screens.  After 3D wax models are created  they are prepared for casting. This process creates a sort of negative stamp that investment powder later fills. Bags of investment in the casting room. Casting ovens.After the investment melts away in the oven  it is replaced by metal (in this case  bronze). Most cast components are created on ‘trees’ to maximize production. Cast components just snipped from trees. At Rebecca  bronze  silver  and gold are cast  but not steel because it requires a higher temperature.This stock of silver sheet will last about three weeks.  Bronze and silver rods.  Bronze sheet. Now we arrive at the ‘Big Room of Fancy Machines ’ as I call it. Many are made exclusively for Rebecca by a Japanese firm  and  many of the machines operate 24/7 with no person standing by. These machines cut and create jewelry that is not cast.This machine has a copper wire blade that cuts 50 sheets of metal within a week  creating hundreds of pendants. The work is extremely precise  and is evident in the crisp lines on the finished jewelry.  Ceramic orbs in a soapy water mix polish rough metal components prior to assembly.The components room reminds me a bit of a basement or garage workshop–because of all the little cubby drawers that house findings (or nuts and bolts in the former). Here’s where the jewelry is assembled! We’re steps away from beautiful finished baubles.Ew! I can’t tell you much about this room except that the plating process takes place here. It smells horrible because of that ominous-looking  steaming sink of fluid; it’s cyanide.  Jewelers view some freshly plated components. Really  I don’t know how anyone can stand the odor. I immediately left the room. The Rebecca employees are plenty safe  though  they just must have really strong constitutions to tolerate the stink.Finally  the shipping department. Or should I say ‘Finally! A happy Rebecca owner wearing her jewels’. (This is Roberta Naas  Naas Enterprises.) Check back tomorrow for more on this exclusive Rebecca factory tour in Florence  Italy! Caio!Don’t forget to: * Follow me’ on Twitter to read helpful  one-sentence insights on the jewels  trends  and business commentaries I glean from walking the show floor.  * Update your subscriptions to JCK and JCK Luxury are up to date so that you don’t miss any print coverage in the coming months.