Diamond rings are a beauty to look at. But ever wondered how they reach to this final beautiful form? The patience, craftsmanship and that dedication to create the perfect ring for your finger from scratch is incredible.
We think that we will select a metal for the band, a stone and a setting to mount the diamond and our work is done. But that is when the actual work starts as jewelers create the ring according to your choice one detailed step after the other.
Here is a sneak peek from the workshop of how diamond rings are made:
A bar of Platinum or white gold is used to create the band. A bending machine works the metal bar into circular shape according to ring size of the wearer.
Now by soldering, the band is closed up. For consistency so that entire ring is smooth, filler of the same material used for metal bar is used as filler material in soldering. Solder fills up the gap between the two ends of bar so that a band is formed. Flux paste is applied to keep it from oxidized under high pressure.
To remove any excess flux, it is placed in weak acidic solution after soldering. At this stage, the band is rounded out and formed smoothly with adjustments to get the required ring size.
Creating Rims of Halo Setting:
The process could differ according to type of settings. For halo diamond ring, leftover piece of bar is utilized to make it into arc to fit with circumference of band and the ends of arc are hammered to make them thin.
Flux paste is reapplied over the band and arc before soldering.
Now a leftover piece of bar is rolled to make oval setting punch. The metal is shaped into a conical form that is used to hold the diamond. Now this cup needs to be fitted to the bank so that final part if the ring is formed.
A wedge is created in the band using jeweler’s saw for the cup placing. Using filling of small specks of gold the cup is aligned with band so that the two are soldered .Curve on the inside is smoothened to remove the remaining rough edges.
For gem setting, the ring is held securely in a ball clamp in a thermoset plastic. A small seat is carved out in the cup for the stone. Prongs are used to press the diamond downwards and special tool is used to hold it in place.
The ring is put into hot water and washed thoroughly after the thermoplastic material has been removed. Last steps involve touch ups and ring polishing so that it gets a nice luster. For white gold rings, the rings get rhodium plating so it that a metallic sheen is achieved.
Now you know the immense dedication, patience and craftsmanship is what it takes to get that perfect ring for your lady!