We are passionate about designing and creating one of a kind jewelry and we love sharing that passion and excitement with every person we come in contact with.
Follow our accredited jewelers as they take our custom DG designs from sketch to masterpiece.
1 - Traditionally, pencil drawings on a drafting table are used to begin the creative process. Many times the process for simple designs begin at a computer using a CAD program to create the original visual.
2 - The next step is creating a wax model of the design. This model is either hand-carved or created by a computer-controlled mill. In the David Gardner's Design Studio, we select the technique best for the original design.
3 - Once the wax model is complete, it is then placed into a flask that is filled with a plaster-like substance that jewelers call investment.
4 - After the investment dries, the flask is put into a kiln which is heated to over 1350 degrees. This process is called "burnout" which accomplishes two things: 1. melts the wax out of the plaster, leaving a void identical to the wax, and 2.hardens the plaster.
5 - Casting is the next step in producing a gold or platinum version of the design. The flask is placed next to a crucible which through centrifugal force pulls liquefied precious metal into the void in the plaster. The melting point for platinum is 3300º, 18 karat gold is 1900º and 14 karat gold is 1750º.
6 - The flask is temperature-shocked which breaks the plaster and reveals the design in either gold or platinum.
7 - At this point, the design is refined by our goldsmiths through hand filing and polishing. Next, stones are set and the piece of jewelry is brought to life.