Carter at workbench

Many wedding bands on the market are mass-manufactured in a handful of even sizes. Not everyone wears even sizes and in that situation, the closest size ring has to be stretched or compacted on the workbench to achieve a proper fit. A customer preferred to have a custom-made custom-fitted wedding band.

Jewelers modeling wax

Most hand-made jewelery starts out using carving wax.

Shaping for the perfect size

The exact finger size is cut into the material.

Cutting ring shape

Excess material is cut away followed by some rough shaping to reveal the ring.

Checking for size

This rough wax model is measured on a ring mandrel to verify the target size. Sometimes the model can be worn by the customer to check for proper fit.

Final shaping

Once the ring size is perfect, the remaining time is spent on shaping the band into the style desired by the customer. A jeweler's experienced hands and sharp eye will ensure uniformity and symmetry throughout the ring.

Back from casting

The model is used as a part of the lost-wax process to cast the ring into platinum. The platinum surface is rough at this point and the casting sprue used as an entrance for the molten platinum needs to be removed.

Finishing and polishing

Like its wax model, the platinum ring is checked for uniform surfaces during the finishing and polishing stage.

Ready to be worn

The platinum wedding band is polished through several stages to a mirror finish. It's now ready to be worn and enjoyed for a lifetime.