you will have seen all the replies so far, which have im shure has
given you lots to think about.
What press you finish up with will depend on firstly, what you want
to do with it.
you havnt said, which makes it somewhat difficult to advise you
Once you know this and post it here, the right answer will be found.
Mechanisation of our trade, here in the UK, started around 1870,when
the big screw presses used in coin production was made smaller for
bench use, along with the development of the drop hammer.
These 2 basic machine designs became the mainstay of all jewellery
production, as well as in the cutlery trades for all sorts of flat
The key to using these tools are of course the dies without which
you cant do anything with them.
Hydraulic presses based on car bottle jacks have recently grown in
use, but are very limiting in what can be called production work.
IE how many items can you stamp out or emboss or coin in an hour.
So your press needs will depend on what you want to make, and the
market you are aiming at, in addition you will need the tooling to
put into your press.
Then there is the competition, which will always be better funded,
equipped, and marketed. You have to decide how you plan to compete
Sit down with paper and pencil, and make lists of the items
mentioned above then start looking for practical solutions to your
Jewellery making is a lovely thing to do especially as a hobby, but
to take it to the next level, ie keeping a roof over your head, thats
a big step forward.
Wish you well in your endevor.