Jewelry Design – What’s First, Second & Third?
You have a great jewelry design you just KNOW everyone will LOVE! Ok, what’s first, second and third on your list to make that design a reality? Hmmm, what to do?
First and foremost we want to start with an image of your design. CAD drawing, Word/PowerPoint drawing or a hand drawn sketch all work for us. Once we have the sketch we can start developing sizes which will give us volumes.
Tools To Enhance Jewelry Design
G&S Jewelry uses many state of the art tools to support designing elegant jewelry. These include CAD artwork renderings, 3D Printing and Vacuum Investment Casting. Much of our equipment has been purchased at Rio Grande. They have the equipment and experienced support personnel, hence we recommend them to everyone in the jewelry industry.
After casting and tumbling is complete personalization can be accomplished through laser engraving. Here is a video of our machine in action! Your Design Here Video of Laser Machine,
More information can be seen here from the Rio Grande website: Neutec Lightscribe Engraver
Material Selection For Jewelry Design
We can then apply the material density of the alloy you want your jewelry to be made with. This can be any of the karat golds, sterling silver, bronze, or lead-free pewter. G&S Jewelry does them all! Therefore we have a material for almost every price point.
With this information in hand, we can now develop a cost analysis. Here we can evaluate the cost of manufacture against your sell price. Consequently you can make a decision well before spending money on inventory otherwise you may have unsold inventory. Met your price point? met; GREAT! We can then move quickly to building prototypes.
However, if price point is too high as a consequence we need to look at the design again. For this reason, we can look at changing the dimensions, changing the material or both. Thinner or smaller will reduce weight. Changing the material from a high cost material such as 18 karat gold to 14 karat or sterling silver will also reduce costs.
Now that the cost is complete. We have all the sizes identified. Because of this we can now produce 3D renders. Once the renders are approve; the masters can be produced directly.
G&S Jewelry Mfg uses both traditional milling, a reducing process as well as three dimensional (3D) printing an additive process. In contrast; the 3D printing produces a much smoother surface. Furthermore; our best machine the B9 3D printer shown above is much faster than our milling machine.
Casting Your Jewelry Design
Finally this is where we make design come to life! Whether by vacuum investment casting or centrifugal casting, molten metal cast in a mold completes the formation!
Contact us and let us know how we can help you!