Hi everyone, this may be a novice question, but I read an article
about a jeweler who gets her stones custom cut, each stone is
uniquely shaped. Then she draws up the designs and makes the
first-round piece in silver and then the final piece is cast in 18k
gold. Does she do the first -round piece in silver in order to make
tweaks and modifications to make sure it’s perfect before it is cast
in gold? I’m just curious. My first reaction after reading the
article was that it seemed like a waste of materials (i.e. silver),
especially since it would be cast only once and then the silver would
have to be re-melted or whatever in order to use again (??).
Also, it seemed to me like a waste of time, especially if it is for
a unique piece not intended to be made in the same way for the same
shaped stones again. But, I suppose it is better to make
modifications in silver rather than gold…
Maybe I have already answered my own questions here, but I’d love to
hear your thoughts.