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The undeniable superiority of a handmade piece of jewellery in comparison to a mass-produced piece
When stones start falling out at a rate faster than you can keep track of. When your ring has, in the last year, spent more time in the ‘head office / repair centre’ of the chain jewellery store you purchased it from, than it has actually spent on your finger, When you’re pregnant and need to size your ring up that little bit, or you’ve lost some weight and need to size it down, but the jeweller you take it to regrets to inform you that they cannot take it up or down more than one size without risk to your settings, because there simply isn’t enough metal around each individual stone. When the metal starts wearing thin at the bottom of your shank, because, in the first place the ring wasn’t made substantially enough to withstand daily wear.
That’s when it may be time to consider whether the cost saving was really all that worth it. That’s when it’s time to consider the benefits of going through a reputable jeweller who takes pride in perfectly crafting a quality ring that will stand the test of time.
We’ve done many re-makes on engagement rings as described above. Be sure to choose quality the first time around.
This short video will give you a greater appreciation for the art of handcrafting jewellery.
The traditional art of jewellery manufacturing is essentially taking your raw materials and forging that piece of jewellery by hand.
The process starts with design consultation where budget is determined and ideas are discussed including designs and styles, practicality of various designs (for example a towering high claw setting may not be practical for a new mum), metal choices and stones to be set. The next step is to create a life size hand sketch of what the finished piece will look like, source the desired stones according to the design, as well as the clients’ budget. Once the customer gives the go ahead, we start hand crafting their one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery.
The raw metal goes through a process of melting, rolling, cutting, hammering, bending, shaping, annealing, soldering, filing, stone setting and polishing.
Interestingly, this process of heating and annealing, rolling, hammering, moulding and working the metal compresses it, reduces porosity, and, actually results in the handcrafted finished piece being much harder than it’s cast counterpart.