There are 5 major steps in producing a gemstone jewelry item
1st the lapidary work, that is sourcing, designing and cutting the gemstone.
2nd Designing the gemstone mounting.
3thd Fabricating the designed gemstone mounting
4th Finishing & pre polishing the gemstone mounting
5th Gemstone mounting and final finishing & polishing the gemstone mounting.
2 of the jpb’s are illustrating step 3 using part of the lost wax casting process. The casting model is fabricated per the pendant design. This model is then used to casted the pendent tree. The last jpg is showing the finished 3 gemstone pendants.
This video will give one an idea of what it takes to design a gemstone ring mount using a parametric cad program. The cad program I use is Solid Works.
The finished ring design is used to fabricate a lost wax casting model. The cad digital design info is transferred into a 3d printer slicer program. At that point the cad designed lost wax casting model is printed out. For more info on Toveco lost wax casting check past casting posts.
After cutting the gemstones a custom made pendant finding (mount) has to be made per the gemstone geometry. The pendant finding design is done using Solidworks cad software. The cad designed pendant finding is then 3d printed to make the pendent finding model. The pendent model is then casted into a pendant finding part. The casted finding is then polished and the gemstone seats are cut for the mounting of the gemstones. A final polish and the job is done.
The Toveco jewelry process starts when I start cutting a gemstone. Most of Toveco gemstone are one of a kind which requires custom mounting.