We diamond ring enthusiasts already know about importance of the four c’s (cut, clarity, colour, and carat), and we are very much clued up on which celebrities have the biggest and most covetable sparklers on their fingers (hello Kim Kardashian). But we think it’s time to really extend our knowledge and really impress our friends at the next dinner party by finding out exactly what goes into making a diamond engagement ring.
We did a lot of research over the past few days, and as it turns out, there’s a lot more to making a custom diamond engagement ring than we ever thought. No wonder they come with such an eye-watering price tag. Once you find your resources and materials, here are some of the basic steps:
- Decide on the shape and overall design of the ring. Many diamond ring factories will design the ring on an advanced CAD/CAM software. This step is particularly important if the consumer wants a custom ring.
- The designers will then print it out with a 3D printer, and turn it into a rubber mould. (This is what the industry professionals refer to as casting – learn the term and impress all your friends.) This will allow the designers, jewellers and sometimes even customers the chance to see and touch it to make sure it is in fact the ring of their dreams. Once everyone is happy, the next steps can commence.
- To create the band, the metal will need to be bent to the correct shape and size, and then soldered shut. Find the metal, i.e. the gold or platinum, and neatly bend it into a round shank. There are machines that will bend the metal perfectly, and also bend it to the correct ring size.
- Get another strip of metal, and divide it into four equal pieces. This will make the claws that will hold the diamond in its place.
- Once the claws have all neatly come together, they are ready to be attached to the shank. It’s important to get the shape exactly right, as it will need to accommodate the cut of the diamond, which of course will already have been decided on..
- The next step is to shape the ring, and file it to ensure it is as smooth as possible. It’s also vital to give the claws a good buff and polish – inside and out.
- Polish the ring once again – it’s all about the attention to detail. White gold rings will go through the additional step of rhodium plating to add that extra shine and sparkle.
And the final step goes without saying, but we will say it anyway:
- Find the perfect box to present it in, and pick the perfect time and location to present it to your fiancée-to-be.
It sounds pretty simple when the steps are all laid out like that, but it actually takes many years and a lot of hard work to hone the engagement ring making craft. It was especially harder in the past as the fancy new technology which we now have wasn’t available, and bench jewellers would take much more time and effort to make a single ring. There are additional dos and don’ts for various other ring styles, such as the increasingly popular halo ring design and adding smaller diamonds to the side of the band, but we think we’ll leave that for another time as we don’t want to confuse and overwhelm you.
We definitely feel like we learnt something today. Now go forth and impart your wisdom… We are running Goldia. It’s a Jewelers Board of Trade and BBB Online Accredited Company.