How do you want to make your diamond gold chain? There are different ways to make a gold chain.
One is using a machine. The other one is through the tedious way where you make it using your hands. It is labor-intensive as one uses tools and heat to shape the gold chain. Here is the process.
All the do jewelry starts with a sketch. Although some computer programs have made it easier to standardize this process, many designers still prefer the old way of using pencil and paper. You have to make your sketch perfect because it is the one you will refer to while making your gold chain. After all, you do not want to have a defective chain after all the hard work. It should be perfect because you will use it to know the sizes of the diamond carats you want to use. Give it all the attention it requires.
2. Making the gold chain
Gold in its pure form is very soft and unsustainable. For you to make a durable gold chain, you need different alloys of gold metal depending on what color of the chain you want. Gold alloy is made by mixing gold with silver, copper, and zinc in different proportions according to the type of alloy needed. The end product which is made into a rode of about 0.15 mm is pulled through a high-speed narrow diamond nozzle to make it thinner. There are different patterns of the gold chain which include anchor, tortoise, and Bismarck.
The rod is weaved in the desired pattern using nylon tipped pliers. The finished product is then covered with special gold-containing powder and heated in an oven at 900 degrees Celsius where the powder melts coating the gold chain. Fastening the chain links is the next process. They have to be fastened using a heated gold alloy of the same material used to make the chain strong. The final piece is then cut into the desired size. The fasteners are, therefore, placed at both sides of the chain. After placing the fasteners, the gold chain is then polished by washing or passing it through a rhodium-containing chemical. This chemical prevents allergic reactions to the material used to make the gold chain.
3. Diamond setting
It is the most important part.
You need the following materials to set your diamond carats on the gold chain: tweezers, a loupe, a microscope, and a good source of light. The diamond setting task is laborious work. You need to have set aside enough time. The bar setting method is the most used on chains. Other useful tools in this task are;
Pushers - they are used to make sure that the gold chain is held in place to place the diamonds in place.
Bezel rollers – it allows one to push the gold chain over the diamonds without leaving any marks.
Bumishers- they are used to the gold chain during setting and make it shine.