The jewelry manufacturing process begins with design. Our team of designers sketches their ideas by hand, then recreates the design on a computer aided design program to create the design rendering.
2. Master Model Creation
Once the rendering is completed, a prototype called a model is created. Our models are made by hand from our team of highly skilled model-makers.
3. Rubber Mold Creation
Once the model is complete, the next step in the jewelry making process is to create a rubber mold. The rubber mold enables us to make multiple copies of our items.
The rubber mold is created by cutting open a blank rubber mold and encasing the rubber around the master model. The frame will then be heated under pressure to vulcanize and cure the rubber around the imbedded model.
The result is a molded rubber that contains a negative impression of the model enclosed. Once the metal model is released, the mold-making step is completed by injecting pressurized molten wax through the sprue opening in the rubber mold. Once the wax cools, the rubber mold is peeled open to reveal a wax like that of the original jewelry model.
Our team of casters utilizes a “burn out” method of jewelry casting in which our wax models are connected to one another on a sprue to form a tree-like configuration. The “tree” is then suspended inside a metal flask and filled with plaster slurry.
After hardening and curing, flasks containing invested models are placed in specialized ovens, where the wax is incinerated at temperatures as high as 1600° F for 12 to 16 hours.
A properly burned-out flask will have no remaining residue of wax or resin, leaving behind a hollow impression left by the tree and sculptures that were burned from it. Once the hollow impression is created, our casters pour melted silver or gold into the flask, creating the actual piece of jewelry.
Once the metal filled flask has cooled, the flask is dismantled and the jewelry pieces are prepared for polishing. Our polishers complete over 10 steps from start to finish to bring out the shine and lustrous finish of our pieces.
6. Final Quality Control Inspection
Each manufacturing stage utilizes a pod model whereby each stage has their own team managing everything.
Each manufacturing stage has their own quality control process and unique quality control specifications to ensure that when an item moves along the production process, it’s doing so having already been held to a high standard of quality.
Since so much emphasis is placed on quality control at both the beginning of the manufacturing process and during each stage, the rejection rate of items is virtually zero by the time the item goes to a final quality control check.