Handmade jewelry enchants the eyes of many women and men. They are beautiful, combine with different styles and occasions, and value the beauty of those who use them. Normally, we see only the jewel emblazoned and shining the jewelry store windows. But do you know how the process of producing handmade jewelry and semi-jewelry takes place until they reach the windows?
In today’s post, we will explain the whole process and the care they go through at each stage. Check!
Creation and prototyping of the jewel
The creation of the jewel is the most important, because this is when the designer (creator of the piece) works with a lot of information, creativity and inspiration of ideas. This process is still done by manual drawings, but nowadays it is already possible to use technological tools that allow parts designs to be made through specialized software.
Prototyping can also be called the materialization of ideas, and that is when the project comes out of the paper through a machining system (wear of the material until the desired shape is reached). The raw material can vary between various types of materials, from plastics to resins and special yarns.
Making of the piece (tree)
The making of the piece is done through a process called “tree making”, in which basically a skeleton of the piece is made for the manufacturing process to begin. First, the mold is made, so that the jewels and semi-jewels are injected. With the prototype of the piece in hand, the specialist starts the assembly of the tree (a central structure and a base), making small welds on one side, and on the other side is welded a small device that will serve as support in the final assembly.
Once this is done, the specialist fixes the small welded points on the “stem” of the tree straight, forming rows according to the type of piece. After the assembly of the rows, the welding of 4 more external rods is made, with the purpose of offering the support of the tree. This process requires immense care.
Mold preparation and metal injection
Once ready, the tree is used to create wax molds, with up to 30 cavities in different shapes. That is, from each cavity, a new jewel can arise. The tree is dipped in a steel canister with plaster in liquid state. After a few moments, the plaster hardens, forming a block mixed with the resin tree. The piece is placed in an oven to gain greater resistance, and at that time the channels and cavities seep, conforming in several jewels.
Details and finish
At this stage, every care is little, and goldsmiths are responsible for every detail. Each stone is carved manually. The crimping is made by holes to house the stones. The finish is the last step of the process, and it consists of checking the entire part in order to find imperfections or defects. When the piece is checked and approved, it undergoes special polishing. We must not forget also the bath of the jewel, which can be gold, silver or rhodium (white or black).
In some jewelry and semi-jewelry, as is the case of Tinna, after the gold bath of the highest quality, the artisans who are true artists, finish the making of the pieces, making use of embroidery, sewing points and other manual techniques that make the semi-jewelry handmade truly unique.
After this stage, the piece can already be marketed and adored by connoisseurs and connoisseurs of a good piece of jewelry. The handmade jewelry goes through all these processes so that they reach the jewelry store windows, and the manual work is thorough and primordial so that the piece is delicate and rich in details.