The jewelry we see at stores is nothing short of art. Every jewelry maker goes through hours of meticulous design and creation process to give you a piece that resonates with you and becomes a part of your collection.
To better appreciate the jewelry pieces you wear, it’s important to understand just how much work goes into the craft. Here are the basic steps to making gorgeous jewelry.
Before any design comes to fruition, a blueprint is essential. For jewelry, it’s the sketching process. While some artists prefer the 3D jewelry design applications that are widely available, others are more old school and prefer to jot the design they have in mind with a pen and paper.
With the sketch ready, it’s time to carve the artist’s idea into life. This is often done with a special jeweler’s wax. The original model piece needs to be larger than the end result, since throughout the process the mold will shrink significantly depending on the materials used to make the mold. For this reason, Jewelry makers takes special care while making the exact size rings. With the help of special tools and lots of careful carving, the ideal model is made.
The Rubber Mold
Around the original model is a plastic-like investment. Once it’s popped in the oven, the plastic encasement inside burns away, and you’re left with a hollow jewelry-shaped void inside. That space is then filled with silver to form a smaller duplicate of the larger model.
The silver model is sandwiched between two special mold rubbers and put under high heat to form a 3-D impression of the jewelry. Then, the rubber is cut, and the silver mold is removed, after which the rubber is put back together to inject hot wax through the hole that fills the jewelry-shaped cavity inside to form a smaller version of the wax model.
The Pour and Polish
After the mold is created, grains of gold and a mixture of other metals are first melted separately. When the metal is at the correct temperature, it’s poured into the mold. Once the gold hardens, the jewelry is taken out and polished to make the edges crisp and to remove any bubbles or indications of imperfection.
Assembly and Final Touches
Once the jewelry pieces are ready, the assembly begins. Earring posts, struck heads to hold gems, and chain links are all added depending on the jewelry’s needs. With the assembly sorted, it’s time to add the star of the show, the gems!
Gem setting is a very meticulous task. The gem has to be perfectly aligned with the bezel, evenly touching the gem with no space in between. Accent stones are added at last, with light buffing, the piece is ready to be worn and enjoyed!
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