Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the display windows of a jewelry store where spectacular pieces are displayed? Today, I am going to take you behind the scenes of a jeweler’s workshop to show you how a perfect engagement ring is manufactured. Diamond engagement rings are created in two ways in the industry: casting and handcrafted. However, in this post, we will go through the casting process.
Casting is a standard procedure used by jewelers in which a precise cast based on the shape and design of the ring setting is first created. It is popular because of its low cost, as the same mold can be used for several castings to produce identical-looking rings.
Step 1: Make a wax replica of a ring
A wax model of the ring is made by either having a trained artisan cut a pattern out of wax or by 3D printing using computer-aided design software.
Step 2: Create a Mold to Cast the Ring
A specific plaster is poured over the wax model to surround the wax ring.
For high-volume manufacturing, the wax models may be arranged into a tree-like object. After the plaster has hardened, it is baked at extremely high temperatures to evaporate the wax, leaving a cavity imprint in the mold.
Step 3: Casting the Ring in the Preferred Metals
The mold is then filled with hot molten metal, which hardens to form a raw casting. To remove air spaces and pits, this phase is often conducted in a vacuum chamber. The mold may also make several replica rings of the same pattern.
Step 4: Polish and Finish the Raw Casted Parts
Before being assembled, the raw casted metal pieces are removed individually and subjected to a series of polishing operations.
Step 5: Installing the Stone
Before mounting the diamond, the jeweler assesses its size and customizes the setting’s head to make a snug fit for the center stone.
Step 6: Finishing with fine polishing, buffing, and rhodium plating
A clean finish is achieved by many polishing procedures, and the ring setting is then polished to achieve a bright sheen. If white gold is used for the setting, it is dipped into an electroplating solution to get a rhodium finish.
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