A Ring's Story
Every ring has a story of how it came to be. People often ask us about the jewellery making process, so we've decided to share with you what's involved at every stage.
Stage 1 - Concept Design
As all our designs are custom made, it's important that we get to know each customer. We do this by asking clients to gather imagery of designs/ stones/ patterns/ themes they like and bring these with them to our first appointment. The ideas will be used as inspiration for the initial design. In this story we'll be making a 9ct gold Citrine dress ring.
Citrine is pale to golden yellow in colour and is the crystal for the zodiac Gemini. Regarded as the merchant's stone, it is known for improving communication, increasing selling power and for attracting money or business. It is also said to release joy or melt away pain, doubt, sorrow and tension.
Stage 2 - CAD Drawing
We use Computer Aided Design (CAD) to covert the initial sketch design into a virtual 3D image, which allows the customer to see on-screen what the finished ring will look like. This also provides the customer with the opportunity to make changes to the design before the ring is manufactured, which ensures that the finished product is just right!
Stage 3 - Photo Realistic Render
The next stage is to create a photo realistic render of what the ring will look like for customer approval.
Stage 4 - Print Wax Model
With the final design approved by the customer, the drawing is sent to print ... but this is no ordinary printer! Our printer is a 3D wax printer, which is at the forefront of CAD/ CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) technology.
The printer creates a wax model, which is used to create a casting. The wax model is printed in two pieces so that all areas of the ring can be reached when it is cleaned up.
Stage 5 - Casting
The wax model is cast using the "Lost Wax" casting method - We'll be covering this process in more depth sometime soon. The white gold casting is in its raw state and is ready to be cleaned up.
Stage 6 - Manufacturing
The ring is half way through the manufacturing process. The two piece ring has been bound in preparation for soldering.
The ring is then cleaned up and set. A final polish and plate and the ring will be ready. Nearly there!
Stage 7 - The Finished Ring
Same Ring, Different Stone
Like the ring but don't like the stone?
Perhaps you would rather an Amethyst, Rhodolite, Garnet, Peridot or Blue Topaz?
Which do you prefer?