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Different Methods of making rings and other jewellery: Die-Striking, Hand Rolling and Casting

  • April 21, 2016

Purchasing a ring for your loved one is a blissful task from all aspects. You think of their lovable face and you think of the love that this one step is going to bring to your life. The definitive beauty is surely going to bring smile to their face. The diamond ring can do wonders whether you are purchasing it for a proposal or you are thinking of a gift for your anniversary. But have you even considered how much hard work goes into producing a single piece of jewelry or how the piece is actually produced? You can read on to get an idea of the process of making a ring.

Die-striking: It is a popular method of making a ring from raw metal. The method is used for the design of the ring in question without adding the stone in it. Dies are prepared in the factory and metal sheets are used in order to produce the perfect shape. The method is not only used for rings but also for necklaces, pendants, studs and many other types of jewellery. For this method, the metal requirement is high though the resultant amount is not much. Many manufacturers have abandoned this method but those who believe in perfection prefer it over other processes available. This is a method that makes the product more dense and strong enough to last for a long time. Once the shape is formed, the stone is inserted into the ring at the proper places. There are so many benefits of the method but the only problem lies with the extra fine designs. The fine designs cannot be done properly with die-striking.

Casting: Casting is another popular method of making jewelry designs. It is also known as centrifugal jewelry casting which starts with a wax pattern that is built and then placed inside the plaster to form a strong cast. Shapes are carved inside and the gold or other metal is poured in liquid form to form shapes. The method is highly popular and with the hard cast it is possible to make fine designs, too. This method can be used to form any kind of jewelry including necklaces, rings, earrings and much more. This method is still in place for many manufacturers, all over the world.

Handrolling/Carving: Carving or hand rolling is one more method used for making jewelry pieces. Though this method is not quite popular, it is still used for making big jewelry pieces. Hand rolling or carving is done by hand and it is one of the oldest methods used for making jewelry items. Very fine designs can be made using this simple method which is still popular in many countries of the world. Sometimes, a piece of wood is taken as a platform to hold the metal and then heat is applied to give the jewelry a proper shape. If a unique design has to be made where casting or die-striking cannot be used, this remains as the last resource. The method is good but it takes a lot of time to make a piece.

It is always up to the discretion of the manufacturer to use one of the above methods according to the availability and efficiency. There are certain companies that use all these methods according to the applicability and have tools to support the requirement. All the methods have their flaws and but they can be minimized by choosing the right technique and right applicability. It may not be that important to ask for the method of making the piece of art before purchasing, but knowing it will make you a strong decision maker.