When you look at your engagement ring, what is the first thing you think of? If you’re like most people you probably think of that fateful day when your significant other popped the question and presented you with the fabulous piece of jewelry. But a smaller percentage of more curious people at some point likely thought “I wonder how this engagement ring was made”.
No matter if your engagement ring is vintage or modern, it takes a lot of time, precision and expertise to get the ring from raw materials into the stunning piece of jewelry you boast on your hand. However, the ring making techniques have certainly evolved with the technology. We’re not saying new rings are better. It all depends on your preferences. In this article, we’ll list the most common methods used to make an engagement ring.
Hand Fabricated Engagement Rings
Before the industrial revolution, engagement rings were made the old fashion way, by hand. This has been the main manufacturing method for centuries prior to that. It involves a lot of annealing and hammering to shape the raw bar of metal into the design used for the engagement ring.
This method requires a lot of time and is, therefore, the most expensive method. However, you can be sure that there’s no other ring like the hand-fabricated ring you own. These rings are also more durable as the metal base is stronger and denser. This is a ring you will be able to pass to generations upon generations.
It’s important to know the difference between a handmade and hand fabricated ring. While every engagement ring is handmade, not every one is hand fabricated. These rings are for buyers with a bigger budget. However, the majority of buyers opt-in for the last method in this article instead, as it is more affordable and available.
Die Struck Engagement Rings
The second method is quite similar to the first one but involves large machines that do the work of a human jeweler. This method dates back to the 19th century and is only used by select jewelers today. Since they are made from metals exposed to extreme conditions,. They are made by machines and presses that form the ring from a gold or platinum bar using the pressure of approximately 50 tons. This ensures these rings are highly durable and dense.
However, due to the process used in the making of these rings, the design of die struck rings is not as nearly as variable as the other two methods described in this article. The method is most commonly used for simple and diamond solitaire engagement rings.
Cast Engagement Rings
This is by far the most common engagement ring manufacturing method. It involves sculpting a model made of white metal or wax. Nowadays, jewelers also use computer software to make 3D models. Either way, the model is used to create a mold. Molten metal is then poured into the mold to create the roughly finished ring which is then shaped.
This process allows for a variety of models and details at an affordable price compared to hand fabricated rings. Thanks to computer software, these rings feature amazing levels of detail. However, these rings aren’t as dense or durable as hand fabricated rings.
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