How Jewellery is Made

The craftsmanship that goes into the creation of fine jewellery.

If you are looking to sell your jewellery then you are probably already aware that jewellery can sell for high prices.  This is in part due to the fact that jewellery is comprised of precious metals and stones, but the craftsmanship involved in the creation of jewellery is also a factor in its worth.  Jewellers are master crafters, and the intricate details involved in making jewellery cannot be easily learned.  Here is a look into the jewellery making process, and why selling jewellery for cash is a good way to capitalise on your assets.

At its simplest form, jewellery can be made using a casting method involving wax.  This often called the ‘lost wax’ method because the wax used for the initial model is melted during the process.  In this method, the jeweller will model a piece of jewellery – a ring, for example – out of wax.  The wax model is the exact size and shape of the final product.  Once completed, this model is then immersed in plaster in order to make a die.  During the heating and hardening phase, the original wax model is melted, which leaves a hollow shape in the plaster.  Molten metal is then forced through a hole in the die, filling the hollow area.  Once this has dried and hardened, the plaster is broken away to reveal the completed ring.

This is fine for a wedding band, but a diamond engagement ring is far more difficult.  Some jewellers may bypass this phase altogether and make the band from a strip of gold or platinum.  However, once the band is ready, the jeweller must make the claws to hold the diamonds, which is a very intricate process given that some claws are minute.  This process a great deal of shaping and filing, in which the smallest mistake can ruin hours of work.

This is also very true in the case of filigree bracelets or necklaces.  These are constructed of dozens of individual wires, interwoven to create the piece in its entirety.  When making filigree jewellery, jewellers have to work with very small pieces of metal, then shape these in uniform and close them using solder or flux.  This requires immense concentration, steady hands, and an ability to make small movements under a magnifying glass.

This is the kind of attention to detail that goes into the making of jewellery, and why selling jewellery for cash is bound to bring in good money.  So, if you are looking to sell your jewellery, remember that it is worth more than just the materials, the craftsmanship counts too.

 

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