Several people ask us how our Geo Jewelry is made. Therefore we describe in this article the complex process of creating our precious metal Jewelry.
The digitally crafted 3D computer model of our Geo Jewelry turns into a physical metal object in five steps. These steps involve an interesting mixture of high-tech 3D Printing as well as traditional handcraft.
This results in a remarkable Jewelry, where no two pieces are identical. It has its own special character, which is somewhere between the handcrafted, unique jewelry made by a goldsmith and a fully automated industrial product.
3d-printing for precious metal Jewelry
First of all the digital 3D model is 3D-printed in wax. This step requires a specialized high-resolution 3D printer. Next a liquid plaster is poured around the wax object to create a casting mold. After that the mold is heated in a furnace to remove the wax.
Now a metal like gold, silver,brass or bronze is melted. It is poured into the mold as in a traditional casting process. When the metal has cooled the plaster is removed and the raw Jewelry is cleaned.
For final processing the Jewelry is briefly tumbled. This produces a rustic matte and antique look to the surface of our bronze, silver or brass pendants as shown in the picture above.
Depending on the desired finish for your order the Jewelry is thereafter extensively hand polished to achieve a smooth and shiny surface.
Our precious plated jewelry are additionally plated with a palladium base-layer. This gives additional strength and durability. Finally a thin layer of Gold or Rhodium plating is applied. This produces a beautiful shiny and smooth surface as you can see in the picture to the right.