Step 1: Design Ideas
Getting from a blank canvas to an approved sketch and cost estimate is the step that requires the most expertise and we’ve developed a robust set of tools to successfully engage your customer. A few buyers will have a keen sense of what they want, and the ability to rough sketch or verbalize it. With one of our skilled designers they can arrive at a final drawing in one session and move on to the nest step which is a three dimensional rendering.
It’s more likely, though, that your customer will require a set of images to choose from, and then we use our image libraries to illustrate six aspects of a ring, such as head style, shank style, filigree style, accent diamonds and profile diamonds. Each aspect has a dozen or more images for distinct style choices. Walking through these decisions allows your customer to fine tune their visualization at each step. The images are presented both on screen during the design session and as a graphic flip chart on the store counter. At the end of a session our designers have an accurate guide for the final drawing that will meet the buyer’s expectation.
And some customers will need to hold the object in their hand in order to make a decision. For this we provide you with a set of alloy samples cast in the most commonly chosen engagement ring styles.
Step 2: 3D Modeling and Rendering
After the drawing and cost estimate are approved, we will create a 3D model of the design which takes about a week. During this step the customer can still make any changes or modifications and having the 3D model allows us to visually confirm any changes made at this point. The computer-rendered images allow you to show your customer realistic views of the design as it will look when finished in the exact metal and gemstones.
Step 3: Wax Mold
To cut the wax mold we use stereo lithography which allows us a degree of accuracy within two hundredths of a millimeter. We send a copy of the wax to your store, and require the customer to approve it before the final production begins.
Step 4: Production
For casting we use an argon gas vacuum chamber which purifies the environment to eliminate all porosity that would otherwise occur in the process. The ring is then hand finished to perfection by our master craftsmen and delivered to your store.
Each step along the way is guided by our experience and attention to detail that is guaranteed to deliver the highest degree of customer satisfaction.