It takes a lot of patience, dedication, and craftsmanship to build a wedding ring from scratch. Usually, consumers are only involved in the process of selecting the stone, the metal for the band, and the type of ring setting. But for the jeweler, there are more backend processes involved in creating the diamond ring based on the specifications given by the customer. Two methods are mainly used for creating diamond engagement rings: casting and handmade. Read on to know more about how casting diamond engagement rings are made.
How Casting Engagement Rings Are Made?
Casting is a common method used by jewelers because it is a cost-effective process. Here, a detailed mold is made based on the design and shape of the ring setting given by the customer. The advantage of this method of making diamond engagement rings compared to handmade rings is that the metal wastage is less. Also, most reputed jewelers use 3D CAD models and wax models for designing the ring, and this helps you to visualize the final design. Shared below are the details of each step in the creation of casting engagement rings.
Step1: You build own engagement ring by first creating the wax model of the ring. It is done by a skilled craftsman or designed using 3D CAD and then 3Dprinted.
Step 2: Next, the wax ring is encased in a specialized plaster. After the plaster is hardened, it is baked to high temperatures. This leaves a cavity inside the plaster in the shape of the wax ring as the wax evaporates.
Step 3: Raw casting of the ring is made by pouring hot molten metal into the mold of the ring. To avoid pitting and voids, this process is done inside a vacuum chamber. The mold can be reused, and this is one of the reasons why the whole process of casting rings is cost-effective.
Polishing The Raw Casted Parts: The raw casted parts of the ring are removed from the mold and polished. These polished parts are used for assembling the ring.
Mounting The Diamond: The jeweler measures the sizes of casted parts of the ring and adjusts them to customize its head. This ensures that the diamond fits snugly in the head.
Buffing, Fine Polishing, And Rhodium Plating: After the center stone is mounted, the ring setting undergoes multiple polishing. This is followed by buffing it to give it a gleam. Now, if the ring metal is white gold, it is submerged in an electroplating solution and electroplated with rhodium.
We hope that the details shared above clarified your doubts about the various steps used for casting engagement rings.