WE don’t just sell jewellery, we make it.
Watch this 3-minute documentary to see how our jeweller handcrafts one of our beautiful Kate Middleton style sapphire engagement rings.
So what happens in the video?
First, a mold for the ring’s band and the mount (the part where the diamonds and gems will later be set) is created in a Hatton Garden jewellery workshop. A skilled jeweller uses the traditional wax casting method to make a mold in a kiln.
Molten platinum is then poured into the mold and allowed to cool. Once the precious metal has set, the mold is broken and the jeweller must cut, file and polish the ring’s band to a perfect shape and shine.
Next, the ring’s mount arrives at our jewellery workshop. Our gemmologist selects the diamonds and gemstone carefully.
Gems are a naturally occurring resource and their size, cut, clarity and colour will vary. It takes the skill of an experienced gem professional to choose these correctly.
After the gem selection, our own jeweller painstakingly sets the ring with 12 perfectly matched diamonds and a high quality blue sapphire centre stone. He makes sure the setting is absolutely secure before polishing the ring to a brilliant shine.
But even now, the ring is not quite ready to be sent to its lucky recipient.
As a final step, we must take it to the London Assay Office, where the platinum in the ring’s band is tested for purity. Once the platinum quality has been verified, the Assay office stamps the ring with a hallmark, the official British Government guarantee of quality.
Read our Hallmarking blog post, with a video of hallmarking being done in the London Assay Office, to learn more.
Finally, the ring is sent back to us from the Assay Office.
We give it one final polish, before packaging it with love and care in one of our beautiful luxury gift sets, ready to be sent to you!
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