From engagement rings, diamond dress rings, wedding rings and eternity rings we manufacture all jewellery in house at out studio in Hale – just outside of Manchester.
This is How we Manufacture
To show you how we make all diamond and gem set jewellery, we’ve put the process into 4-steps explaining how it works.
Step 1: Designing the Ring
To begin, our jewellery designer uses CAD software to create the ring. This is the technical part of making a ring that has to be done right with all the correct dimensions, otherwise the ring design simply won’t work. For example if the ring is initially designed wrong a diamond may not fit into a setting. Creating a computer image of the ring is also very useful for our bespoke jewellery service, as you can view before you buy.
Step 2: Creating a Wax Model of the Ring
Once the computer design is complete, each ring is printed into a 3D wax model using a wax printing prototype machine, which is then used to create a mould. Every ring or piece of jewellery printed is placed on a wax stem to create what looks like a tree of wax. The waxes are all checked to see if they are free from flaws, join lines, flashing or air bubbles before they are added to the wax tree. Wax is the best substance to use to create moulds as it retains its shape and burns away quickly and cleanly. Once the tree is finished, a can is placed over it and investment solution is poured into the can and left to set for around three hours.
Step 3: Casting the Wax Model into a Precious Metal
We cast rings into platinum, 18ct white gold, 18ct yellow gold and 18ct rose gold. The can with the set investment powder is then placed into a furnace overnight. This allows the wax to burn out and create a reverse mould of the model. Depending on the metal we use, the metal is melted at a certain temperature and pored into the mould via our casting machine. Once the mould is cast and the metal has set, each ring is cut off the tree and sent to the Birmingham or Scotland Assay Office to be hallmarked.
Step 4: Setting and Polishing the Ring
The final step is for our goldsmith to set any diamonds or gem stones the ring consists of. Once the stones are set the ring will be polished and buffed to a high standard, ready to be packaged to the customer.