Engagement rings, wedding bands, dress rings, pendants and earrings are handmade in our onsite workshop.
There is an immense difference between handmade and handcrafted jewellery. A handmade ring begins with raw material (for example, a 6mm square 18ct yellow or white gold bar). The metal is rolled out, soldered, hammered, shaped and worked to form a ring. Each setting is individually carved out, claws soldered, hammered and shaped (depending on the design) to create a place for the diamonds to be set. Once the diamonds are set, then ring is then cleaned up, polished and rhodium plated. The result is a high quality, secure and stable ring that has been work hardened. The more the metal is worked, the stronger and longer lasting the ring will be.
A handcrafted ring is made by a method called casting. This is a process where the piece is first carved or milled out of wax then a plaster mould of the wax ring is taken. Once the plaster is set, it is placed in a kiln for the wax to burn out. The next step is to pour metal into the plaster mould where the wax once was, and when the metal has set, the plaster is removed. The ring is then set with diamonds and polished, resulting in a ring that hasn’t been work hardened and is, therefore, not as durable as a handmade ring. If the person you are purchasing a ring from does not go out of their way to explain these processes to you, it usually means it is handcrafted.
A handmade plain solitaire ring can take anywhere from 10 to 13 hours to make, whereas a handcrafted ring takes between 1 to 2 hours.