Carved jewelry is a unique three dimensional jewelry making process that combines two rare techniques; die striking and hand engraving. Examples of this process can be seen on a variety of jewelry including wedding bands, diamond mountings, bracelets, earrings and crosses. The example seen to the left is from Jabel's ellobrate collection of dogwood blossom motif jewelry, struck in 14KT pink and green gold with an all 18KT yellow gold variation (Style #CW943).
Step 1: The pink gold is struck in relief as seen in the example on the right of Jabel's Style #CW2156.
Step 2: A jeweler then solders the die struck green gold leaves onto the recessed areas of pink.
Step 3: When complete, the piece is returned for a second striking which compresses the green down onto the pink so there are no visible solder seams.
Step 4: For Rings, after compressing the metal, it goes back to the jeweler where the band is carefully rounded up making a perfect circle. The joint is then soldered.
Step 5: The next step is polishing the outside of the jewelry for engraving where a stippling texture is hand applied. This type of engraving gives the ring a three dimensional effect.
Step 6: After engraving, it's returned to polishing to have a final cleaning and polishing for hand stamping the trademark and karat (see example below of #CW965). The last step is finishing.
As a Made in America collection of jewelry we have the distinct ability to customize our jewelry to meet your needs. The most popular customization we do in the carved collection is by adding diamonds to the center of Jabel's signature dogwood flower design. This is an excellent way to remount family heirloom diamonds.