Have you ever wondered how a piece of jewelry is made? The most widely used method of jewelry production is the lost-wax casting method. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how we made this diamond serpent ring.
First, we begin with sketches and/or photos. Sketches and photos depicting many different angles and perspectives of the design are essential to capture the design accurately.
Second, a skilled artisan wax carver works on the wax model and captures every tiny detail. This step is the most crucial part of the process. Since the wax is the ‘master’ from which the mold is made and iterations of the design are repeated, getting this perfect is a must.
Third, a rubber mold is made from the wax model. This rubber mold is used to create the same wax over and over.
Finally, a ‘wax tree’ is made from multiple wax models and placed in a canister. The canister is then filled with a plaster powder and fired in a kiln. When the plaster hardens (and the wax is melted away), the canister is placed in a centrifugal machine in which molten metal of choice – sterling silver, 14 or 18K white, yellow or rose gold – flows into the spaces that the melted wax left behind.
The castings are then cleaned, details added and gemstones set.
At this point, plating the piece in yellow or rose gold, black rhodium, white rhodium etc. can be done.
Using the mold, rinse & repeat!