Congratulations! With your established design and specially sourced stone, we are ready to transform your concept into creation. Our manufacturing timeline to craft your piece will take 7-11 weeks and is all done by our skilled team of Australian-based gold suppliers and jewellers. This initial designing is a crucial part of the process but does not form part of our manufacturing timeline. It is important to keep this in mind prior to locking in any plans. Give yourself as much time as possible in this design and sourcing phase while still allowing for our 7-11 week manufacturing timeline.
1 - 3 weeks
Once a design has been chosen and solidified, your piece will move into the modelling process. This stage involves constructing your design in a system using Computer Aided Designing (CAD) technology. Depending on the nature of your design, our designers will create or adjust a CAD specific to your design requirements and chosen stone. Louise Jean generally approves these CAD renders (wedding bands and web designs for example); however, depending on the level of customisation in your piece, you may be presented with CAD render for approval or to make any final adjustments. This process can take anywhere between 1- 3 weeks and can vary subject to the current volume of orders.
3 - 5 weeks
Once the CAD design file is approved and ready, it then moves into printing, alternatively known as the ‘growing’ phase. Specific 3D printing technology is used to create a resin or wax model of your design. The model is inspected and compared to the CAD design to ensure accurate reproduction and casting.
The resin/wax model is attached to a sprue, which is then attached to the main stem to form a tree. The stem and sprue will be the channel for which the molten metal will enter the mould. The tree is made up of many individual models so that multiple rings can be cast from the same alloy at once.
Casting is a very complex process and requires the utmost skill and experience for a high-quality final product. In simplified terms, the 'tree' is placed in steel flask which is then occupied with a slurry of ceramic powder which solidifies in an hour. The flask is then heated in an electric furnace which melts the resin/wax tree, leaving behind a cavity of all the models. Molten metal is then poured into the flasks, allowed to cool, then demolished to reveal the jewellery in cast form.
Once the raw casting is removed from the casting tree, it is time for the cleanup! This involves sawing and buffing off the excess metal and casting sprues.
The ring is then tumbled (which 'work hardens' and smooths out the surface) and pre-polished to prepare for setting.
Prior to setting, the ring undergoes a quality inspection to ensure the highest of quality in both the casting and finishing.
2 - 3 weeks
Stone setting is the process of securely setting or attaching gemstone into the cast and prepared ring, ensuring the perfect balance and positioning of the stone/s. This skill is a true art-form and takes a highly trained and experienced setter to complete this highly important finish.
The piece is given one final buff and polish after the setting of the stones. If your piece is white gold it will be plated in Rhodium to give it a bright white finish.
Quality control is our final set of procedures that ensure that our manufactured product adheres to our strict set of quality criteria.