Behind the scenes at our workshop...

Get the behind the scenes tour of our master craftsmen's workshop. These days it seems like so many stores sell products mass produced in factories with robots, it's hard to believe that such a high-volume online store like ours has resisted the trend. Our craftsmen are classically trained in the highly skilled art of jewelry making with knowledge, skills, and even actual tools literally handed down from generation to generation; from a master craftsman to his apprentice.  Today many of the rings you find on our website are still hand crafted, by real people, using traditional methods and tools that have stood the test of time for generations, going back thousands of years.

Lets start your interactive tour of our workshop with a look at our jeweler's workbench and a quick overview of the ring making process.

Click on the links in the image to explore the
fascinating processes in the world of ring making

The Blank

The shank of an engagement ring - sometimes called a blank
Straight from the cast the unworked
shank is seen next to the diamond

To begin, the jeweler receives a "blank" ring usually straight from a casting into which your chosen alloy was poured as liquid metal. It has no diamonds or finishes yet and is unpolished and unbuffed.

The shank of an engagement ring - sometimes called a blank
"Here you see the resizing tool
threaded through a ring for resizing"

Ring Resizing

The blank is then resized according the customer. In the United Sates ring sizes are specified using a numerical scale, "000" being the smallest with an internal diameter of .0390 inches up to a size "13" which has an internal diameter of 0.882 inches. Rings come in half sizes, 3 1/2, and quarter sizes as well, 2 1/4.

Once the ring has been sized, your sparkling diamonds will be added.

The setting of diamonds
In this photo you can see how each sparkling diamond is painstakingly
and skillfully set in the ring to your exact specifications. No robots here!

Polishing and Cleaning

To obtain that highly reflective sheen, the next step is polishing the ring. It is at this point that various finishes can be applied to the ring surface such as a matte, sandblast, hammered or stardust finish. The last step is cleaning, before it slides perfectly onto your finger.

A ring being polished

    A ring gets polished

Here is where technological advances improve the traditional ring making process. An ultrasonic bath containing ammonia and cleaning fluid is used to clean rings at the microscopic level. Supersonic waves create microscopic bubbles that break on the ring and lift away dirt and tarnishing. This ensures that every nook and cranny on your ring is cleaned, regardless of whether or not a cloth can get to it.

Because we have our own workshop we also offer a custom design ring making service, please see our custom ring design page in our Services section. To learn more and get advice on our different metals please visit our ring alloys page in our buyer's guide section.

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