As you might expect, state-of-the-art design is coupled with state-of-the-art making, so that you get an exact and faithful rendering of your design – which is even more beautiful when you see it ‘in the flesh’.
Each of the stages outlined below is undertaken by highly trained specialist craftsmen to achieve the highest standards of quality and workmanship.
Stages 1&2: The Design CAD file is sent to the workshop
and used to create the Production CAD which is translated into a wax model by 3-D printing. Most rings have distinct parts which must be cast separately and then joined together, so as many waxes will be made as there are individual parts.
Stages 3&4: ‘Sprues’ are attached
to the waxes to facilitate the flow of the metal in casting, and moulds made from the wax models. These are used to cast the components of your ring.
Stages 5&6: When the casts are complete
, and removed from their moulds the sprues are removed, the components cleaned up and joined together to create the framework for your ring. The metal is then polished up and finished to a high standard.
Stage 7: The stones are set.
This is done entirely by hand (unlike mass-produced rings which are usually machine-set). Stone setting is a highly specialised skill for which craftsmen train for many years.
Stage 8: Final Polish and Finishing
, when any specialist finishes are also applied. This is the point at which any personal engraving is added to your ring before it is sent to the Sheffield Assay Office to be Hallmarked