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Jewellery Construction Methods

Modern Jewellery construction methods have changed with the introduction of 3d printing and CAD. But at Daniel Prince the quality of our jewellery is something we are immensely proud of, and so we only use traditional craftsmanship of hand-fabrication, which is meticulous & is based on century old skills. We like to think that this passion shows through in our work. Our jewellery construction methods and hand-fabrication techniques combine the skills of master artisans and setters. The end result is precision handmade jewellery that is made with a level of refinement unattainable on the high street.

Everything we create is meticulously handcrafted to order, one piece at a time. From diamond halo rings to classic solitaire designs or His & Hers Wedding Rings, our experienced craftsmen are expected to maintain exceptional levels of quality, and while the more complex designs may take slightly longer, it is about making every Daniel Prince bespoke ring a little work of art.

Hand-fabricated 3 stone trilogy ring

Hand-fabricated 3 stone trilogy ring

Traditional hand fabrication means forging each piece by hand, without the use of CAD software, wax models or casting or prefabricated pieces of any kind. It is the rarest type of jewellery construction nowadays, but jewellery made prior to 1900 was frequently made in this way. It means taking a raw piece of cold-rolled metal wire, bar or sheet of precious metal, such as Platinum or Gold, then through a process of cutting, hammering, shaping and annealing (heating), the metal is shaped into the desired design. It is this process of heating and annealing that hardens the metal which the casting process skips, making handmade jewellery almost 50% harder than cast jewellery. In practical terms, this means that diamonds and gemstones are far less likely to fall out compared to cheaper cast settings! If the ring is being made to hold an expensive diamond or heirloom gem, would you want to take that risk?

A true precision handmade jewel involves at least six distinct steps of jewellery craftsmanship, including; Jewellery Mounting (the physical process of making the piece), Setting (the act of placing each stone into place) and polishing (an often overlooked part of the process that reveals the finished piece in all its glory).

This method of manufacturing jewellery is a dying art because it takes the most skill and time, but it yields the highest quality of finish possible. It will result in a true heirloom piece that will last for generations. The difference is obvious to an expert and discerning buyers, and over time the difference in the durability and wearability becomes obvious to the owner too. Every single Daniel Prince bespoke ring is bench made entirely by hand.

Due to the level of expertise and skill required for true precision hand fabrication, most of the mass produced designer engagement rings you will see are not going to be made this way. Our design philosophy focuses on creating the perfect and most practical setting to protect your main investment (the centre stone), without sacrificing style, keeping focus on the diamond itself, which is afterall the most expensive part of any engagement ring.

One of the consequences of a recession is the pressure on prices caused by too many jewellers chasing too few clients. Some prices are so low they simply defy commercial sense. Many jewellers are now cutting corners to try and make a profit which inevitably means inferior materials and shoddy workmanship. By the time the client realises, it is too late to do anything about it. Low prices and inferior workmanship usually lead to long-term pain – often in the shape of lost diamonds, so think twice about opting for the cheapest quote (you can read such story on our blog about how we remodelled a diamond halo ring).