People find the experience of being involved in the creation of
a special piece of jewelry enriching and exciting. To have your own
design brought to life is surprisingly affordable. All you need is
The first step is to meet with us to
discuss ideas. It is not un-common to gather reference materials from
You can also
take inspiration from our many in store pieces or past design portfolio.
Together we can come up with a concept that you find appealing.
we will come up with a computer model and rendering of the piece.
Revisions can be made at this point and we will not move forward
until we have an approved design.
From this point we move on to physically
making the piece of jewelry. We have a CNC mill in house that reads our CAD
a stainless steel flask and filled with plaster. Once the plaster hardens the
flask goes into the over overnight and slowly heats up to close to 1000 degrees,
the wax evaporates and then we pour molten metal into the flask which takes the
waxes place. This method of casting is called lost wax casting. You are always
welcome to come in and see your piece of jewelry being cast.
Things to Consider
-Will it be an everyday piece or one for special occasions?
-What type of care do expect to have to do?
-What type of metal do you want: platinum, yellow, white, rose,
or green gold?
-Do you want the element of gems added to the piece and what type
of gems; Diamonds, Emeralds, Sapphire, Onyx, Pearls?
-What is your budget?
Computer Rendering Process
One of the newest processes we use at Gary Swank Jewelers is computer-aided
design (CAD). While the quality and beauty of each piece of jewelry
will always depend on the skill of the jeweler, CAD helps us deliver
precision at the foundation of the process. CAD accomplishes this
precision by allowing us to view the finished piece with stones set
even before there is an actual physical model. This allows us to
fine tune the design into exactly what was imagined. We then have
a model cut by a computer-controlled mill to our exact specifications.
Once the model is produced it is ready to be cast, finished and set
by the jeweler. With CAD almost any design that can be imagined can
be accomplished with a precision that no human hand could attain.
Casting into Metal
Wax becomes metal in a process called "lost wax casting." The
wax is put into a flask that is filled with plaster and then put
in a kiln at high temperatures. The wax "burns out," melting
and evaporating completely, leaving a perfectly formed void inside
the plaster. The goldsmiths then heat the metal you've chosen in
a crucible until it is molten. With the pull of a vacuum under the
flask, the metal is poured into the flask and cooled. When the plaster
is broken away, your piece of jewelry emerges. Some reshaping and
refining of your piece is done in the metal, and of course the final
polish or texturing brings it all together.