Most jewelry makes for the perfect accessory and the final touch to many high-end outfits, it is the opinion of many icons in the fashion industry that no outfit is complete without the right piece of jewelry to accompany it. With this in mind and the importance of jewelry being so high for many people it is a surprise that it is not as well-known as it should be the intricate and extensive process that goes behind the construction of most pieces. No matter your budget and the quality of the jewels you buy it takes a lot of hard and time-consuming work to end up with the finished product.
There are many jewelry production facilities all over the world using new technology to make their jewelry and while it is generally kept a secret how so many uniquely finished and styled jewels are made, the official and basic production process can be found through a few simple internet searches if it is something that you are interested in. The process of making the piece of jewelry tends to be done in two parts firstly by cleaning, preparing, and shaping the jewel and then fusing it with the metalwork or chain to create a kολιε.
Preparing the Jewel
Before the jewelry is close to being completed there is the process of preparing the jewel itself before it can be attached to the chain or ring, when the jewels come in their raw form they are portioned out to ensure quality control in the shapes and sizes of the pieces. A precise scale and microscope are used to ensure that each stone is up to scratch in terms of consistency and quality. When equally divided they must be left to soak in a cleaning solution, this can also help strengthen the jewel and remove any external impurities. Depending on the jewel the pieces may also need to be cured in the kiln afterward but this is not always the case with every material.
In the preparation process, the manufacturer also has the opportunity to color the gems to alter their appearance to fit the designated design, any colorings are usually added using enamel powders which also help to seal the gem inside and provide an extra varnish and shine, which is very important when jewels are concerned. After all of this is completed the shaping process must then begin by cutting down the rock and shaving thin layers off it until it is the perfect shape. This process can take days to complete and will undergo microscopic inspection by many people until it is approved for use.
Creating the Final Products
Once the rigorous preparation process is complete the manufacturer will be left with multiple stones that should be pretty much identical to ensure a bulk product can be produced to fit with the cutter’s requirements. The jewels are glued using a super strong polymer glue to the metal pieces that connect to the stone to create the final piece. It is very important when creating items such as rings and bracelets that multiple sizes are made to ensure that most people are catered for and that the range is accessible enough to be sold on a mass level.
Technology plays a huge part in the jewelry-making process and thanks to the huge industry-wide developments that have occurred over the years we now have access to a wide range of high-quality pieces that are affordably priced thanks to the construction process being made a lot easier and requires less labor.