Jewelry Design – What’s First, Second & Third?

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?

Design

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.

 

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CAD Image – Letter Charms in Various Sizes

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.

Cost Analysis

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.

Mastering

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.

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B9 3D Printer

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!

Questions?

Contact us and let us know how we can help you!

Many Thanks To Rio Grande!

Many Thanks To Rio Grande!

The team at G&S Jewelry Mfg wish to give our heartfelt thanks to our colleagues at Rio Grande for posting a link and an article of our recent World’s Greatest Television appearance.  This program highlighted our abilities in all phases of investment casting of jewelry and was first broadcast on the ION channel in April 2018.

Investment Casting

Rio Grande has been a wonderfully cooperative vendor to our company and an excellent source of equipment, materials and supplies. In addition they are a terrific wealth of knowledge to successfully produce exceptional jewelry.

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Enclosed Chamber Neutec J-15 Caster

3D Printing

Based upon a recommendation from Rio Grande; G&S selected a B9 3D printing system. To date it has exceeded our expectations. Our reasons were based upon the following criteria: First it prints masters with smooth surfaces and sharp definition. Second, the software package is user friendly. Third, high speed printing. Furthermore the multiple resolution setting options for printing objects such as tools and fixtures that do not require high resolution. In comparison, other printers are much slower due to their hardware design. Consequently problems may not be recognized for hours. In contrast problems encountered in the B9 are addressed in a much shorter time frame. The designers certainly recognize that “Time is money”

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B9 3D Printer

Laser Engraving

G&S needed to add laser engraving to our capabilities.  As a result we consulted with Rio Grande for their recommendation. Consequently we tested and selected their Neutec LIGHTScribe 20W engraver. It has delivered even more performance than we have anticipated. We have added tooling and fixturing to the platform. As a result our precision and throughput have probably increased by a factor of four.

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Neutec LIGHTScribe 20W Engraver

High Speed Part Separation

Our business growth dictated a need for a high speed part separation tool.  Once again the tech team at Rio Grande provided us guidance to a solution. Their part separator allows us prompt separation of charms, links, and beads. Finally it thoroughly rinses the media in an enclosed bin for ease of handling and restoration. To their basic system we have added a water filtration and recycling system. This system captures the metal bearing effluent. This effluent is then dried and sent out to a smelter for recovery. Most noteworthy for us desert dwellers, the water usage is significantly reduced.

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Neutec Wet-Media Flow Separator

Summary

Rio Grande has been a terrific company to work with in all areas of investment casting jewelry manufacture. We appreciate their sincere interest and support of our business activities. Therefore we can recommend them without reservation to all jewelry manufacturers big and small.

 

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.

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?

G&S Jewelry Development Center Coming Soon!

G&S Jewelry Mfg will be completing the construction of their Jewelry Development Center soon! We will be providing a digital tour and list of all of the equipment and resources we will be bringing on-line or integrating into our systems.

We believe this will help our customers’ in their desire to bring their vision to reality in a very rapid way. Keep watching this blog for further announcements!

G&S Jewelry Mfg is a small woman-owned business with all of its manufacturing in the USA.

 

G&S Jewelry Mfg – Your One Stop Sterling Silver Casting Partner

G&S Jewelry Mfg offers our customers a one stop solution to sterling silver investment casting! Here is a short summary of what we can provide in terms of products and services:

Products – Earrings, Pendants, Charms, Bracelets, Bolos, Belt Buckles, Belt Tips, Rings, Pins and Concho Components

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Irish Knot Ring

Services – Design & Mastering, Mold Making, Wax Injection, Vacuum Investment Casting, 3 Stage Tumbling, Hand Buffing, Silversmithing, Assembly, Inlay, Laser Welding, Laser Engraving and Antiquing.

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G&S 3D Printing System Growing A Cylindrical Design

We can work with you from a hand drawn sketch to a complete set of tools and everything in between!

G&S Jewelry Mfg is also a very green casting company! We have reduced our water consumption and effluent discharges considerably and will continue our programs for reduction, recycle and reuse. We want to be a market leader in sustainable manufacturing.

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G&S Jewelry Mfg Is Serious About Recycling

G&S Jewelry Mfg is a small woman owned business with our operations solely in the USA.

We hope that you will give us the opportunity to work with you to make your designs a reality!

 

Customized Laser Engraving of Jewelry Tags

Many of our customers want to add tags to their jewelry so they get attribution and exposure for the product in the consumer marketplace. Laser engraving can support this goal by engraving information on one or both sides of the tag. For instance; the customer’s logo can be engraved on one side and “925” or Made in the USA on the other.

To that end, we have been developing the right engraving parameters and programming the drivers on our laser engraver to deliver a legible engraving that fits the tag size requested. The examples below show some elements engraved and embossed.

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Laser Engraved & Laser Embossed Tags

 

Laser engraving can add the finishing touch to your beautiful designs!

 

G&S Jewelry Mfg is a small woman owned business.

Celebrating Native American Handmade Sterling Jewelry!

We recently had a beautiful piece of sterling jewelry handmade by Ronald Tom at Nakai Trading here in Albuquerque. Ron is a Navajo craftsman with many years of experience and carries on the Native American tradition of handmade and handcrafted sterling jewelry. The Sterling Silver was supplied by W.R. Cobb in East Providence and consisted of 6″ wide stock for the base and a special #4 Comfort Low Dome for the rails on the top. The rails were soldered in place by hand and the piece oxidized in liver of sulfur and then all of the upper surfaces polished to a high shine.

The photos below show the outstanding result in a size 5-1/2 cuff bracelet.

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Handmade Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet
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Handmade Bracelet – Low Dome Soldered to Solid Base

 

We thank Ron for his beautiful work and can say with 100% certainty that this bracelet will be worn and yes, shown off for many years to come!

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

 

 

Business Roadmaps for The Jewelry Designer

Designers Unite! A business roadmap is a very useful visual tool for bringing your designs to market! The picture below illustrates a simple Ideation to Creation roadmap. The steps shown are simple and logical. The distillation and cost benefit evaluation stages are important steps and may require some test marketing or one of a kind builds to get helpful feedback.

 

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Ideation To Creation Roadmap

The overall goal is to bring your designs to market quickly and profitably by putting the most resources on the items that will bring the quickest and best returns. So much so that the profits of these designs may fund development of additional designs to keep cash-flow positive during the critical pilot production stages.

 

G&S can work with your team to understand where the best avenues for development will be from a manufacturing perspective. We can provide detailed cost information for various options to aid in decisionmaking, let us help you be successful!

 

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