The art of designing jewellery is inspired by many emotions: the desire for beauty, the need for acceptance, the urge to impress or to show commitment. The need to express reverence, loyalty or remembrance, have driven jewellery designers to dream since the beginning of time.
CAD jewellery designs are developed on computer screens by artisans using state-of-the-art equipment and software that metamorphose their thoughts and keystrokes into works of art.
Image of the CAD jewellery designs are then sent in the form of digital files to mills, printers, or growing machines where they will be transformed from data to a 3-D wax or resin form of mould.
Jewellery casting is a process of making jewellery pieces that involves the pouring of liquid metal alloy into a mould. It is usually referred to as lost-wax casting because the casting mould is created using a wax model that is melted away to leave a hollow chamber in the middle of the mould.
Artisans skilled at jewellery polishing use a wide array of machines and hand held tools to remove uneven or rustic surfaces from gold, platinum or silver. Using wheels and bits charged with abrasive compounds the polishers shape and contour surfaces. The next stages include lighter polishing mediums that reveal a brilliant shine. Through years of experience a jeweller develops jewellery polishing techniques that seem to magically unlock the beauty of precious metal.
While we are designing jewellery we can choose from many methods of stone setting, each intended to present gemstones in a different manner. Some stone setting is intended to raise and dramatise a single stone, while others types offer clusters of gems to be views as a group. There are stone setting techniques with detailed workmanship that is intended to lead the eye to the featured design. In other cases the setting work is intended to protect a fragile gem from excessive wear.
When all of the jewellery polishing and stone setting is complete, and all surfaces have been thoroughly created, a jeweller can apply any chemical finishes needed such as rhodium plating or antique patinas. In short, it is the artistic skills of the jewellery finishing team that brings out the shine and lustrous finish that make gold and platinum so enamouring.