|Jewelry making is the art of creating jewelry by using various tools and techniques and when this is done on a large basis for commercial purposes, it is known as mass jewelry manufacturing.|
|Process of Jewelry Manufacturing|
|The process of jewelry manufacturing or jewelry making involves following steps:|
|Jewelry designing is the process of creating, crafting, producing or rendering designs for jewelry. Jewelry designing is the preliminary step to manufacture any jewelry item. Jewelry designs are usually created or crafted by a jewelry designer, a professional who is trained in the jewelry architecture and hold functional knowledge of metallurgy and design elements such as composition and wear-ability. These designs are created on the basis of future trends and customer’s taste in selected target market.|
|Casting is a widely used jewelry manufacturing process, in which a molten material such as metal, plastic or any other material is poured or forced into a hollow mold and allowed to solidify within the mold and then ejected or broken out to get a fabricated jewelry part. A jewelry part, which is created through casting, is slightly more porous with a rough surface and requires additional polishing and finishing. Usually casting is used for making complex shaped jewelry parts that would be difficult or uneconomical to be made by other techniques, such as cutting from solid material.|
Process of casting requires following requirements to be finished:
|Methods of Casting|
Casting can be done by using various methods and some of these popular casting methods are described as under:
Devestment is the process of removing the casting investment from the casting flask and tree. Generally two methods, such as wet devestment and dry devestment, are used for this. In wet processes, water is used to break apart the investment while in dry processes, a flask-stripping device is used to push and shake the investment.FinishingFinishing is the process in which surface of a piece is cleaned or polished or textured. Finishing is the most important step of jewelry manufacturing process and usually all jewelry items require finishing. Finishing is very essential part of a jewelry manufacturing process as it gives beauty and brilliance to a jewelry piece. Finishing is achieved under various stages, which are described as under:
Metal Finishing covers any operation or activity that alters the surface of a metal piece to achieve a certain property or look. Metal finishing is preformed after a metal cast has been formed. Metal finishing covers many processes like cleaning, soldering, plating, texturing etc. These processes are described in detail under Stone Setting & Finishing Guide.
Stone Finishing covers any operation or activity that alters the characteristics of the gemstone to achieve a certain property or look. Stone finishing is preformed after a gemstone is mined. A well cut and polished stone is considered to have a beautiful finish. Some of the popular stone finishing ways are described in detail under Stone Setting & Finishing Guide.
Stone Setting is an art of securely attaching or fixing a gemstone into jewelry with an aim to display maximum beauty of a stone. Each and every piece of jewelry that contains a gemstone has a setting and this setting plays an important role in enhancing the charisma of a jewelry piece. Jewelry designers have developed various fascinating methods of stone setting like prong setting, bezel setting, channel setting, pave setting, tension setting etc. These settings are described in detail under Stone Setting & Finishing Guide.