How We Create Diamond Jewellery at Steven Stone
How do we manufacture our jewellery?
To give you an insight in to how we make our diamond and gem set jewellery, we’ve broken down the process into 4 easy to understand steps;
Step 1: Design Process
To begin with, our jewellery designers uses CAD (computer-aided design) software to create the piece of jewellery. This is a very detailed and technical aspect of making the ring, each piece of jewellery we make, must be created to exact dimensions, otherwise the designs simply won’t work, and the integrity of the jewellery would be affected. For example if a ring is initially designed wrong a diamond may not fit exactly or the size of the ring may be incorrect. Creating a digital image of the jewellery is also integral to our bespoke jewellery service. It allows our customers to be part of the design process ensuring they are completely happy with their jewellery before manufacturing begins.
Step 2: Creating a Wax Model
Once the CAD is complete, each ring is 3D printed creating a wax model of the design. At Steven Stone we use a state of the art wax printing machine, we can print all types of bespoke jewellery, including engagement rings, wedding rings, pendants, cuff links, earrings or charms. 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 all our jewellery in platinum, 18ct white gold, 18ct yellow gold and 18ct rose gold. Once the investment powder is set it is then placed into a furnace overnight. This allows the wax to burn away and create a reverse mould of the jewellery model. The process of investment is different dependant on the metal we use. The metal is melted at a certain temperature and poured into the mould using 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, London or Scotland Assay Office to be hallmarked.
Step 4: Setting and Polishing
The final step is for our goldsmith to set any diamonds or gem stones in the jewellery to finish the design. Once the stones are set the jewellery will be polished and buffed to a high standard, ready to be packaged to the customer.
If you are interested in creating a piece of jewellery with us at Steven Stone contact us here or come in to have a chat with one of our diamond and jewellery experts at our showrooms in Hale and London.