How Custom Engagement Rings Are Made
I love designing a custom engagement ring: a unique symbols of true love. It is a fascinating, organic process, allow me to take you through this one of a kind journey.
Stage 1 – The Design
When a client comes to me ready to commission a ring, my first priority is to gather all of the necessary information with regards to their ideas, designs, metals and the diamonds or gemstones they want to use.
Preparing this brief also gives me a valuable opportunity to ask questions about the lady in question, in terms of personality, lifestyle, and even her skin tone. We talk ideas; I advise on metals, setting and gemstones, and gradually build the foundation for my preliminary sketches. All of this information also helps me to source the right diamond.
Stage 2 – Manufacturing
Using cutting edge 3D wax printing, as only the top jewellers do these days, I have the wax cast created in 24 hours. This is where the exciting part begins. A detailed wax cast is produced to ensure the gold cast is as close as possible to my original design.
Stage 3 - Casting
Many of my clients ask about the actual casting of the ring, which is the most time consuming and expensive part of the process. This is where the wax is turned into precious metal.
This is where the 3D CAD file is brought to life. I tell my clients to imagine a school chemistry lab, think of moulds, high temperatures and molten metal and this gives them an idea of what is involved.
Your wax cast will then be hand carved (if the piece doesn’t have too many intricate details or 3D printed if we need a cast that has complicated elements).
The wax is then used to cast the ring and is done so by pouring molten metal into the negative space in the cast,originally created by the wax. The wax melts due to the high metal temperature leaving behind a channel that allows metal to flow and create the shape of the ring.
Once the molten metal poured into the cavity left by the melted wax has cooled, the ring appears. It is almost magical.
Stage 4 – Mounting and Hallmarking
At the next stage the ring is mounted and re-sized. The UK has tough quality standards and the ring is hallmarked. Everyone wants proof of authenticity and this is it. Hallmarks are a seal that is stamped on the interior of the rings to certify the standard of purity of silver, gold and platinum jewellery.
Any ring that we produce will conform to British law by being hallmarked in one of the designated offices in London, Sheffield, Birmingham or Edinburgh.
Stage 5 – Setting
A bit like a cake decoration, starting with the smallest elements, the setter begins setting the smaller stones and the detailed time-consuming pavé work, if any has been commissioned in the design stage. All of our engagement rings are designed with a little Rare Pink touch; a pink sapphire set on the inside of the shank, but upon request, we can set a pink diamond.
The setting of the larger centre diamond is the cherry on top.
Stage 6 – Polishing
Polishing, dipping in sulphuric acid, and a steam clean transform the dull pieces into truly magnificent bespoke engagement rings. This has to be my favourite part.
Stage 7 – Engraving
Now at the final stage of their creation, the custom engagement rings are ready to be engraved - another classic addition that appeals to many clients.
In a nutshell, the process of making custom rings is a unique and special one.
Remember, this concept fits all price points and can equal more artistic value too. You can design your own engagement ring by contacting us here.