You Design It – Charms and Bracelets

G&S Jewelry Mfg is pleased to announce our new You Design It – Charms and Bracelets project! We wish to extend our in-house design and manufacturing capabilities to you our valued customer.

You Design It – Charms and Bracelets

Our Computer Aided Design (CAD), Model Master and 3D Printing  along with our Laser Engraving tools deliver a broad array of tools for the designer to put their unique interests on a piece of jewelry.

By and large most of our customers have artistic abilities in hand working, graphic arts and the tools to work on their own.  Above all they know in their mind’s eye what they want. In the same way, they may have limits on moving from ideation or concept to a prototype. By the same token the gap between a prototype to full scale production is the limiting constraint.

As a result of these gaps; G&S Jewelry Mfg created their own design center. All things considered, this approach offers our customers significant leveraging of dedicated equipment worth thousands of dollars. In other words, our design studio is your design studio!

Advances in digital communication and useful tools such as video conferencing and mobile communication allow for “face-to-face” meetings thousands of miles away. Accordingly, you can access us and our capabilities to see a 3D rendering or a laser engraving in real time. Of course you can always visit our facility, but the speed of business is increased considerably in this manner.

You design it – charms and bracelets works in several ways. A single piece for a custom requirement, a master for molding or full scale manufacturing. This is dependent on the nature of the piece, the materials involved and anticipated volume requirement.

Tools of Our Trade

The video link below illustrates our Neutec LightScribe laser engraving system can provide on a sterling bracelet blank.

Your Unique Design Here Video of Display

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Neutec LightScribe 20W Laser Engraving Machine

Finally, realization of reduced design costs.

We are a small woman owned manufacturing company with 100% of our manufacturing operations in the USA.

Questions? Contact us here we would be very pleased to help.

V-Twin Two Wheeled Thunder

V-Twin two wheeled thunder. You can hear it a mile away, thunder from a V-Twin powered two wheeled stallion. The low frequency drumbeat gives it away long before you see it. Then it comes into view, the driver cooly leaned back gliding earnestly down the open road.

V-Twin Two Wheeled Thunder

The V-Twin engine has a long and glorious motorcycle history. They have powered some of the classic motorcycles of all time. From the utilitarian police, military and sports bikes to the classic built for enjoyment motorcycles of today; the V-Twin has endured the test of time.

If you attended or have seen some of the great motorcycle rallies; V-Twin power is the most common and a staple for the classic chopper builders. Fortified with strengthened internal components and girded with acres of chrome and blacked out hardware, they look AND sound terrific. Cruising down Main Street, the “blip-blip-blip” at low RPM is often punctuated with a sharp throttle blast to draw the right attention.

Pulling away slowly from a traffic light, a quick twist of the throttle while changing gears delivers the right harmony of speed and thunder. Wind in your hair, symphony of engine sounds in your ears, and smile on your face. Riding into the sunset has never been so much fun.

All things considered a V-Twin is a great engine with a terrific history. Consequently G&S Jewelry Mfg had to build our tribute to the V-Twin.

BR224 1 V Twin Two Wheeled Thunder
Classic V-Twin Motorcycle Ring

 

BR110 V Twin Two Wheeled Thunder
BIKER Proud Ring

Moreover, G&S Jewelry Mfg has 100% of our manufacturing right here in the USA. In addition, G&S Jewelry Mfg has focused on sustainable manufacturing techniques. In fact, we want to be around as a manufacturing company as long as the V-Twin engine!

Check out our more of our cool line of classic biker rings here.

Customized Tagging For Your Products – G&S Can Deliver The Goods!

Branding & Customized Tagging

Of course we all know that branding is a very important part of a successful sales campaign. As a consequence standing out from the crowd can be challenging.  Especially when shelf space may regrettably put your competitors right next to you. Consequently, being able to tag your product with your logo or name can help identify your product at a glance. In fact; albeit small in size tags can ironically be the first reason for a customer to select your product first.

“What looks good; is good” is an old axiom that applies to many consumer items. Tagging your product consistently raises brand recognition. A recent article by the brand strategy company RBL;  6 Ways Brand Will Add Value To Your Business   covers important aspects for successful branding in a very succinct manner. First and foremost; tags need to deliver recognition of your product that is consistent with customer expectations. Finally, tags can shape the personality of your product.

First Steps

G&S Jewelry Mfg has invested in a number of technologies to customize your tags. They range from 3D Printing, Laser Engraving, Laser Welding & 3D Milling. The image below illustrates the CAD work done to create a series of different sized letters. Moreover a shape like this can be used for a tag to differentiate from the crowd. Whether it is the first, second or third piece the customer has purchased, they will look for it on their NEXT purchase.

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CAD Designs Can Be Readily Developed

 

Design Options

Here is a short list of design options for customized tagging your products:

  • Material Selection – Karat Gold, Sterling, Bronze & Lead-Free Pewter
  • Shape – Round, Square, Rectangular, Open or Closed, Irregular
  • Background Texture – Smooth, Uniform, Chaotic, Combinations
  • Message – Logo, Wording, Combinations
  • Image Features – Engraved, Embossed, Combinations
  • Location – Single Side or Both Side
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Laser Engraved & Laser Embossed Tags

Process Management

  • Develop concept
  • Deliver artwork for discussion and/or approval
  • Develop pro forma cost estimate for approval
  • Upon agreement, at this point we create a master
  • Manufacture the tag

Summary

In conclusion; G&S Jewelry Mfg has the knowledge, technical resources and artistic ability to deliver customized tagging for your products. Therefore there will be no doubt in the customers’ will recognize your products at a glance. Furthermore, a customized tagging campaign adds personality to your products that is consistent.

 

 

 

 

G&S Jewelry Development Center Open For Business!

The G&S Jewelry Development Center is open for business at last!

We are very pleased to announce that our Jewelry Development Center is open for business. We are frequently approached by customers for support in developing a new piece or a whole new line. It is important to realize that there are many steps from ideation to creation. With this intention in mind, we try and compress this process down to a short time interval. To demonstrate our commitment to this process we felt it necessary to closely locate all the necessary equipment in one compact location. This permits us to go through the steps with our customers in detail. In particular, advances in mobile communications and internet meeting permit “face-to-face” meetings from thousands of miles away.

The information below provides a virtual tour of our capabilities! What you will see will include:

our use of lasers, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) , 3D Printing, and automatic controlled intuitive systems.

Laser Engraving

 

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Neutec 20W Laser Engraving A Wedding Band

Laser Welding

Laser welding is an excellent technique in jewelry manufacturing. It is very precise and therefore useful for small work without disturbing large components. For example; routinely broken jewelry components accept laser welded repairs. In addition small elements of a different metal into a design. Namely karat gold is welded into a sterling silver base. Moreover, the explicit contrast in color with corresponding attention to cost and ease of use adds to the designers’ toolbox.

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LaserStar Welding Machine

CAD 3D Renderings

CAD technology delivers the imaging and key properties such as size, volume, clearances to the designer. Making informed decisions on weights and therefore cost, are important factors for pricing.

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CAD Image – Letter Charms

Interactive Design

Using the power of digital communication; design changes can be made working from afar. Or we can sit with you in our design lab and handle it one on one.

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Letter Charm/Tag Designed By YOU!

Precision Control Riace Wax Injection System

We added a Riace Wax Injection system to our design center. This allows us to evaluate the correct settings for injection prior to turning out to Production. Just another step in development!

3D Printing System

3D printing adds a new depth of capability. Consequently very complex parts can be grown literally from the “ground up”!

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G&S 3D Printing System Growing A Cylindrical Design

Model Master CAD-CAM Milling for Masters

Milling produces traditional flat items such as charms, pendants and buttons with ease. Driven by a variety of CAD programs the milling machine cuts wax and butterboard precisely to make masters.

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Model Master Milling Machine

Let us help you make your dreams into a reality! Click here more information?

Our Biker Rings Are Ready To Ride

Our Biker Rings Are Ready To Ride! Summer is right around the corner. That means it’s time to gear up for the open road. Short pipes, V-Twins and two wheels. Heaven on earth.

Our Biker Rings Mean Business

Silver plated silicon bronze construction means durability for the open road.  Inlay with enamel or stone, whatever your taste. We have many styles to choose from, so you will have a bunch of happy bikers! Here are a few of our most popular styles!

 

BR74 1 Our Biker Rings Are Ready To Ride
Silver Plated Maltese Cross Biker Ring

 

BR110 1 Our Biker Rings Are Ready To Ride
BIKER Ring Leaves No Doubt

Our state-of-the-art equipment delivers excellent investment castings. The Neutec division of Rio Grande supplies much of the precision equipment used in our facility. Incidentally they are a terrific resource for information about casting and jewelry making.

Grinding, tumbling and polishing of the castings completes the casting process. Afterward silver plating and inlay complete the process and return a beautiful ring that will last a long time. Of course competitive stainless steel rings are cheaper. Because they are stainless steel, they don’t have the same shine as a result.

Our Biker Rings – Made in the USA

Regrettably, overseas  manufacturers produce these stainless steels rings. Ironically these rings are often copies of our copyrighted designs! In fact, ALL of our biker rings are made in the USA. As a consequence we can be easily reached.

Whether worn on the first, second, third or fourth fingers; flashing fellow bikers on the down low brings more prestige. Be that as it may, ultimately how you wear them is up to you!

In any case, you are part of Americana, an icon of the open road!  For this reason; full throttle blasts or low and slow cruising on a hot summer night announce you have arrived!

In conclusion, you will look good in any of our biker rings! Check them out here.

G&S Jewelry Mfg Welcomes Third Rock Emporium As A Customer

G&S Jewelry Mfg welcomes Third Rock Emporium as a customer. Located at 75 Main Street, East Greenwich, Rhode Island; Third Rock carries a wide variety of stones, settings, and know how. Mark is an expert on all types of stone. If you need a terrific resource for anyone interested in geology, ask for Mark.

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Third Rock Emporium Logo

 

Here is their display of jewelry products produced by our company.

Rocks – Stones – Jewelry

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G&S Jewelry Display at Third Rock Emporium

 

Please join us in sending best wishes for much success at Third Rock Emporium!

G&S Jewelry Mfg is a small woman owned business with 100% of our operations in the U.S.A.

 

The Importance of Vacuum Investment Casting

Vacuum is a very important condition for Investment Casting. G&S Jewelry Mfg employs two methods of vacuum investment casting. The first being a closed chamber inert gas automatic casting design. The second is an open air pouring system for large bronze castings.

Vacuum Investment Casting – The Why’s & How’s

Both of these systems employ a vacuum pump to draw the metal to the deepest extent of the mold as possible. The former uses an enclosed system with a perforated flask, while the latter employs a vacuum table with a solid sided flask.  The photo below expressly illustrates the difference.

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Perforated and Solid Side Flasks

 

Another key point is the interaction of vacuum and gravity. Because gravity pulls the molten metal when poured.  Vacuum further accelerates the draw of the metal.   With this in mind the combination of these forces will achieve the best possible fill.

Casting Systems – Enclosed vs Open

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Enclosed Chamber Neutec J-15 Caster

 

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Sealing Vacuum Chamber for J-15 Above

G&S Jewelry Mfg uses two types of casting systems. An enclosed chamber automatic caster as shown in the two photos above and an open air pouring system as shown below.

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Vacuum Table for Open Air Pouring

Obviously the difference between the two systems is easy to point out. Inasmuch as some metal tolerate oxygen better than others, the key point is the negative pressure on the flask to draw molten metal. Depending upon vacuum quality and metal superheat, the draw may draw more liquid metal during the period of shrinkage. Shrinkage occurs as the metal changes from the liquid to solid state.

In Summary

Placing a perforated or sealed flask under negative pressure delivers superior casting. Let us work with you to deliver the best possible jewelry castings. This process meets our 100% commitment to sustainable manufacturing. Please contact us here  for more information.

G&S Jewelry Mfg is a small woman owned business with 100% of our facilities in the U.S.A.

 

Dynamic High Speed Tumbling For Small Size Parts

G&S Jewelry high speed tumbling equipment significantly shortens tumbling time of small parts. Our system is designed by Mass Finishing Inc. located in Howard Lake, MN. Tumbling is a common mass finishing technique employed throughout the metal processing industry. Large and heavy pieces require a long tumbling process, this is understood. In contrast, small parts can be tumbled faster. Likewise customers routinely want their product as soon as possible and they want parts finished equally.

Part Size

The overall dimensions of the part have bearing on what tumbling technique will deliver the best results. Large parts require more care in handling than small parts.  On the other hand small parts fit the high speed process perfectly. The small size and weight reduces part to part impact energy below the critical threshold.

How High Speed Tumbling Works

The high speed tumbling process at G&S Jewelry Mfg is comprised of four tubs rotating in a planetary system. This planetary system in turn rotates around a center axis. As a result, the compound effect creates high velocity of one element to another. The energy creates so much friction that room temperature starting solution can reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The schematic drawing below shows how the parts tubs rotate around their center axis while they rotate around the center axis of the drum. Adding together the parts, media and water solution  in each tub; the spinning action creates a high level of interaction in the spinning tub.

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High Speed Tumbling Schematic End View Drawing

High Speed Tumbling Media

Our high speed tumbling system works with all types of wet media. Cut down impregnated plastic, burnishing and ceramic media all work well in our system.

Results

The resulting finish for small parts really sparkles!

If you have questions on how this process will benefit you, by all means please contact us here for more information.

G&S Jewelry is a small woman-owned business located in Albuquerque, NM

Beads – The 411 on Jewelry Bead Making

Customers and consumers buy alike buy beads by the piece, as part of a piece or by the gross. Here is the 411 on bead making.

Formed Seamless Beads

Beads supplied by W.R. Cobb Company illustrate the beautiful shape, surface finish and consistency of a bead formed from a tube. Their link here illustrates a beautiful 14 karat yellow spherical hollow bead. Customers love the simple elegance of this type of bead. This type of bead by itself or coupled with a pendant is popular regardless of the price of gold. The beauty and value guarantee it will be handed down from generation to generation.

Then again expensive tooling for each bead size will limit the choices. This tooling cost will be spread out over the life of the design making it ideal for high volume applications.

Stamped Beads

Starting with flat sheet, various stamping operations form thin wall beads. Beads stamped into a single half or in a figure-8 double half joined by a thin bridge configuration. Assembly is accomplished by placing the open edges together and soldering or welding then tight. In spite of the soldering step, split type designs have surprisingly diversity for material types and shapes. Specifically, a sterling silver half could readily be matched to a karat gold half to provide color contrast. On the negative side this requires good tooling and/or silversmithing to make an attractive seam.

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Bead Half Used for Stamped Soldered Beads

 

Some manufacturers frequently employ sterling silver with higher than the standard 925 silver content when soldering for fear that the overall silver fineness will be below the 925 requirement. This is especially true if the solder used is a low silver content solder of 40 – 56% silver.

Investment Cast Beads

Investment casting is a good alternative for some materials and shapes. Besides being extremely flexible on design, it also lends itself to reasonably high volume production. 3D printing is a fast and elegant way of making custom pieces. On the positive side; a 3D printed master can have surface textures, be of asymmetrical shape and can be produced to eliminate solder assembly. The schematic sketch shows a generic cylindrical design with a substantial through hole for cording. This tube style is frequently employed with other components. In fact,  3 or 4 different part styles often comprise a necklace or bracelet.

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3D Printed Master For  Manufacturing of Beads

Questions? Please contact us.

Sustainable Manufacturing Improvements

G&S Jewelry Mfg has an active and ongoing sustainable manufacturing program for the Reduce, Reuse and Recycle all of our raw materials.  We have taken additional steps to reduce our water consumption for each piece of jewelry we ship. By reusing our deflasking and media rinse water, our water usage has continued to fall.

In-Line Filtration

This is accomplished by first pumping the water through a filtration system and back into a closed loop recirculation system. The clean, filtered water can be reused directly.  By installing new media separator systems that incorporate their own sump, the job is easier. This is because the water in the sump is readily filtered and reused. The illustration below shows a basic schematic drawing for a closed loop two filter system. Additional filters with smaller and smaller filtration pores can be added in serial format to improve small particle filtration. Filters of the same pore size can be placed in parallel to increase flow if required. Our staff removes the filters and dries them to be shipped to the smelter.

 

Closed Loop Recycling System Schematic 300x169 Sustainable Manufacturing Improvements

 

Although this may require some time to remove the metal, it is time well spent. The metal is put back into service as a reclaimed natural resource. The net effect is a reduction in the amount of metals having to be mined, refined and converted into new metals. In a like manner, the less water we use once and pour down the drain is water that can be used elsewhere.

Sustainable Manufacturing = Good Business

Because G&S Jewelry Mfg is located in the high desert of beautiful Albuquerque, NM; where water is a commodity often in short supply, our Reduce, Reuse and Recycle water program is an important part of our sustainable manufacturing plan.  Not only that, but we also believe in being a good corporate neighbor! Moreover, the money we invest in our Reduce, Reuse and Recycle program is money well spent.

If you want more information on our sustainable manufacturing activities; please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We would be very pleased to share with you our valued customers our past and present efforts to reduce our impact on the environment. We want our customers to be assured when they buy our products that we are good stewards of our resources.

G&S Jewelry Mfg is a small woman owned business with 100% of our manufacturing located in the U.S.A.