Traditional hand craftsmanship has been a major part of the jewelery industry for a long time. The products were hand-crafted by artisans who used a variety of techniques and tools to implement the intricate designs into reality. These included hammers, anvils and mandrels. These tools were used to create various patterns and designs on jewellery, each of which required a lot of time, patience and careful work and application of skill. Gemstones and other decorative elements were later applied to the products by hand, with the help of hooks, bezels and other such accessories.
Lost-wax casting was the most prevalent mold-making technique. Here the shape of the ornaments was obtained by melting the wax, leaving cavities in the desired shape of the ornaments. The molten metal would then be poured onto the mold, filling the cavity to give the final shape.
Other traditional techniques that continue to be used today include filigree and granulation, stone cutting and polishing, engraving and etching, and hand soldering.
Today, the scenario is very different. Technology has paved the way for many new tools to be integrated into the jewelery production process. This has made manufacturing more streamlined, enabling jewelers to customize products with greater precision and speed.
To begin with, designs are now created using computer software that allow manufacturers to create various shapes and sizes that would have been very difficult to achieve by hand. More importantly, it provides an unparalleled level of precision and accuracy. In conjunction with this, technological tools such as 3D printing are used to bring these designs to life from the computer screen to the real world. This significantly reduces production time and also allows for better allocation of human resources to other aspects of manufacturing. Laser cutting and engraving are other technological tools that allow manufacturers to cut and engrave their jewelery with precision. This enables manufacturers to customize and personalize products with greater freedom in terms of taste and personal preferences.
High tech machinery has made manufacturing faster and more cost effective. Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines are tools that work in conjunction with robotic arms to automate many processes in production.
The impact of technology is not limited to the manufacturing process only. Their influence extends even further to the share of sales of finished products. It has become one of the important segments as a result of the e-commerce boom, which has been extensively adopted by jewelers and industry giants. Customers now have a convenient way to shop for jewelery without having to step out of their homes. With high resolution imagery, engaging videos, detailed product descriptions, customer support tools and much more – people can make informed decisions straight from their smartphone/computer. Furthermore, technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality provide 3-dimensional immersion to consumers, allowing them to view the jewelery as if it were right in front of them.
As technology continues to grow and exert its influence across all sectors, the jewelery industry as a whole will be of great benefit by adopting the latest tools and applications. Artificial intelligence, blockchain, and more will help grow the industry by streamlining processes, increasing automation, and improving customer experiences.
The views expressed above are the author’s own.
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