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About Us

Our Workshop

To create the finest custom sapphire jewelry we employ a complete vertical jewelry manufacturing process; from start to finish, we create it all.

The Cutting Process

Everything starts with our sapphires.

The cutting process begins by selecting and sorting the various colors and qualities of the rough material.

Large inclusions are cut out of the rough sapphire for better inspection and analysis.

The sapphire rough is pre-formed to the desired shape before we begin faceting the stone.

Next the sapphire is attached to a cutting pin with special wax for faceting.

Faceting a sapphire takes great talent and care. It takes decades to master this rare skill.

It Starts With a Sketch

Every fine piece of jewelry starts with imagination. Our in-house, award-winning designers begin with hand sketching. We move through various phases of construction and design, and the final design is given to our CAD specialists or a jeweler that specializes in handmade fabrication.

Hand-drawn sketch of sapphire rings.
The first step of any jewelry creation begins with a sketch.

Lapidary – Gem Faceting & Analysis

We employ a combination of old world techniques and modern technology.  Our scanning and mapping equipment is the latest technology available in gemology.

Our Custom Order Settings

Computer generated images allow us to create unlimited designs and modifications without having to go through the actual manufacturing process.

Computer renderings give unlimited potential in planning for the model of the final design. We can create virtual jewelry in any metal color to preview the design before the final selection is made and produced. We do all of our jewelry designs in-house. Our CAD designers are the best in the industry!

3D Renderings of Blue Sapphire Ring
Detailed renderings of a blue sapphire ring with diamond side stones.

From Rendering to Polymer Wax Model

Once the final design is approved, we begin the manufacturing of the jewelry piece. This next step involves using a sophisticated model building machine. We have the latest technology used in this process. See a sample video of our model building machine here.

Once we have the completed polymer wax model we can start the metal casting process.

Polymer Wax Model of Ring Setting
Completed Polymer Wax Model of Ring Setting.

Casting, Polishing & Setting

A precious metal form is cast from a mold of our polymer wax model. We then use old world crafting techniques to produce fine, handmade jewelry. There are dozens of steps in this process. Each one is carefully performed by skilled craftsmen. Our experience in fine jewelry for over 70 years assures the highest quality standards.

Gold is melted and refined to remove impurities. It is poured into the jewelry mold to create a metal casting.

A jeweler cuts away the sprues from a ring. Sprues are small channels in the jewelry mold through which the molten gold flows during the casting process.

Jewelry is polished using a variety of techniques.

A jeweler uses a polishing wheel to apply the perfect finish to a ring.

Setting the sapphires is the final step in creating a finished piece of jewelry.

There are many ways to set a sapphire.

Fig A. – Diagram of a bezel setting
Fig B. – Diagram of a sapphire mounted in a prong setting

The finished jewelry piece is truly a work of art.
The finished jewelry piece is truly a work of art.

This ring features a double-prong setting and two flanking emerald cut diamonds.

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