Handmade Jewellery

At MDTdesign, all our jewellery – wedding bands, dress rings, engagement rings – are all handmade in our workshop.

The difference between a handmade ring and a handcrafted ring is enourmous. What’s being used to hold your diamonds in place?

A handmade ring is initially just raw material (18ct white gold bar square). This metal is then rolled out, soldered, shaped and hammered to form a ring shape. The individual setting is then carved out, claws soldered and hammered to create the place where the diamonds are to be set. Following the setting of the diamonds, the jewellery is cleaned, polished and if it’s 18ct White gold, rhodium plated. A high quality, stable and secure 100% handmade ring is the result. In the process, it’s been work hardened, making it stronger and longer lasting as the metal is entirely compacted through the whole process.

A method called casting is used to create a handcrafted ring. During this process, the piece is first designed on a computer and then printed as a 3D wax model, or carved by hand. This is then used to create a plaster mould. As soon as the plaster is set, it’s placed in a kiln, where the wax is burnt out. Following this step, metal is poured into the plaster mould where the wax previously was. The metal then sets, and the plaster mould is removed. The ring that has been created is then set with diamonds and other stones and then polished. This results in a ring that hasn’t been work hardened through the process and isn’t as durable as a handmade ring.

Some companies use handmade settings, and then cast the band. This isn’t a real handmade ring.

A real handmade ring is made over a 10 to 13 hour timeframe. Comparatively, a handcrafted ring only takes between 1 to 2 hours as they are produced on a mass scale.  

If you are buying your jewellery from someone who doesn’t explain to you how the ring is handmade, and the benefits of it, then it is most likely a hand-crafted piece. Creating handmade rings is seen as an expensive process and requires highly skilled jewellers. “Diamonds are forever”, but what can’t be forgotten is what’s actually holding the precious stone in place. Without the appropriate strength, the stone is at risk.

Benefits of handmade jewellery:

  • Work hardening and strengthening results in a handmade ring being far more durable than a handcrafted ring.
  • Handmade jewellery is heavier than hand crafted, due to the metal being compacted during the hammering and working process.
  • Your piece of handmade jewellery is guaranteed to be 100% made by hand. With this, there will always be slight variations in thickness, width and height but it’s not noticeable at all.
  • Modifications are easily made, as a handmade ring isn’t based on an existing mould.
  • Handmade jewellery takes a highly skilled jeweller to ensure precision in the work. This makes them far more desirable.
Today's Date: 23rd January 2018