What’s involved in making jewellery?
We went round the factory with manager, Bankim Sanghavi, to see exactly what goes into making your unique pieces.
In order to produce a unique piece, the initial step is to create a design, this is the point from where the magic begins. A manual sketch of the design is made first. The final design is a result of close cooperation between the manual designers and CAD designers, moving the pieces from two dimensional to three dimensional.
This step involves selection of the ideal material for the design: what type of metal and which stones to use.
The selected metal is melted in order to start the jewellery-making process.
Casting is a very complex process and requires utmost skilled and experienced casters for the desired final product. The wax replicas are placed in steel containers, along with investment powder, and the containers are heated in a hot chamber, which solidifies the powder and melts the wax leaving behind a perfect effect. Liquefied metal is then poured into the flasks and allowed to cool, then demolished to reveal the jewellery in casting form.
Filing is an essential technique in jewellery making. Filing removes excess metal, evens out the surfaces and makes the jewellery smooth.
Every part must be polished while the mount is being made. The entire mount is carefully made clean and polished to the highest degree of smoothness.
Diamond/ Stone Bagging
After the product has passed polishing, it has to undergo the setting process. Before that, the required stones of the correct size and weight are cut and made with extreme precision and are then assorted for the final setting.
The craftsmen manually set the diamonds and gems into the metal. The setting process involves individual hand as well and micro setting – done under a microscope.
The jewellery then goes through a final polishing process to smooth out any rough edges.
After the final polishing, the jewellery is brought to the control unit where each piece is thoroughly checked for any defects. The Quality Assurance team ensure faults are rectified before the final passing. Quality check is carried out to ensure that the jewellery is damage and defect free.