Creating jewelry is fascinating, complex and consists of several stages, which can take weeks or months. The time-consuming process of making jewelry uses different technologies and techniques that require the specialized knowledge and experience of many professionals.
At WELAMOND, our skilled jewelry manufacturers conduct all of our jewelry processing under one roof. This lowers our costs and makes it possible for us to offer consumers superior-quality jewelry at unbeatable prices. Here, a WELAMOND expert explains some important and interesting facts about our jewelry manufacturing process:
Jewelry Production Begins with an Idea
It was French fashion designer Coco Chanel who said: "The main thing is not the fabric! The main thing is the idea!" Like fashion, making jewelry begins with an idea. As with an architect who first sketches a design of a house, a jewelry designer begins by putting his vision and imagination onto paper. He first scribbles the idea he is envisioning, which constitutes a preliminary sketch of the jewelry piece. At this stage, he does not yet have any financial expenditure or need any advanced technology to produce a model of his design. He also doesn’t need to expand upon the details of the jewelry piece. This is done later.
Jewelry-Making - 3D Design
In the next stage, the designer’s jewelry sketch is passed on to a special jewelry artist who paints a three-dimensional (3D) model. This is done by using a special program, such as Matrix 3D Jewelry Design Software. This software enables the artist and designer to define all the dimensions of the manufactured jewelry piece, including any inserted diamonds and how many carats, etc. The artist’s work is turned into a special 3D CAD file, which will next be used for the cultivation of a plastic model.
A Jewelry Prototype
The next stage is the production of a jewelry prototype, where the previously created CAD file is used to “grow” actual plastic models in a special 3D printer. This step can take dozens of hours, as the plastic model grows to up to a hundredth of a millimeter. The grown prototype from the 3D printer is then used to make a plaster mold that requires silver casting.
This is a time-consuming process since the plaster needs to dry evenly.
The silver-plastered mold form is then filled with molten alloy made from a silver sample. The resultant silver bears large traces of the 3D-printing process, which have to be cleaned manually. The resultant casting is processed by a jeweler to fix any shortcomings and to improve the overall jewelry model. The result is called the "master model.” According to a WELAMOND expert, there is a great need for highly skilled labor in all industrial-scale jewelry production.
Jewelry Manufacturer – Metal Jewelry Casting
The master model is used for the production of "rubber," which is a special elastic mold consisting of two halves. Rubber is required to make wax “copies” of the master model of the jewelry piece. The heated wax is injected under pressure into the rubber mold. This step can be done manually.
Afterwards comes what is perhaps the most magical stage of production in cast jewelry. In a special section, all wax models soldered to a thick wax model of the rod. It turns out that production workers are called "Christmas tree" - and really, the bar is surrounded by "branches" of the wax models strongly resembles decorated Christmas tree. Number of branches varies depending on the size of future products - they can be from ten to dozens. The alignment of the models is arranged to allow gold or platinum to flow through the “tree” with minimum turbulence or resistance. The “tree” is then suspended inside a metal flask and filled with plaster slurry. Once filled, air bubbles and pockets are removed from the slurry by “debubblizing” the flask inside a bell jar with negative atmosphere. Flasks containing invested models are placed in specialized ovens, where the wax is incinerated at temperatures as high as 1600° F for 12-16 hours. A properly burned out flask will have no remaining residue of wax or resin, leaving behind a hollow impression left by the tree and sculptures that were burned from it. The next stage is the furnace vacuum casting or centrifugal Jewelry Casting. The hollow impression in plaster, filled with gold castings, is lifted from the casting equipment. Depending on gold color and carat, they are quenched in water or left to cool. When the flasks are cooled, the investment form is destroyed while the remaining plaster is chipped away, leaving behind a tree containing models as branches. Already cast jewelry: rings, earrings, pendants or their parts are cut with a "Christmas tree" special scissors. At the same time removed the so-called feeders - technological elements, in fact, is a copy of the channels through which the metal (and earlier wax) arrives to cast parts.
Setting, Polishing and Finishing
Starting with stone wheels and bits that are coarse, jewelers descend to tools with finer grits until deep scratches and unwanted shapes are removed and jewel is ready to setting. Now it is necessary to set the diamonds. To turn jewelry into shining and glittering works of art, a careful selection of diamonds is needed. This includes the highlight of each piece: its central diamond. In short, it is the artistic skills of the jewelry polishing and setting teams that brings out the shine and lustrous finish that make gold and diamonds so enamoring. After a final polishing of each diamond-jewelry piece, whether it is a ring, earrings, pendant or bracelet, it undergoes meticulous quality control by WELAMOND experts.
Only after WELAMOND experts are satisfied with the quality of the diamond jewelry is it being delivered to our customers. WELAMOND’s entire jewelry manufacturing process is designed and carried out with customer satisfaction in mind.Of course, if there is any question, you are invited to .