Laser engraving jewellery
Jewellery Laser Engraving
The art of making jewellery is a craft that is as old as time. Although the manufacturing techniques and styles have changed and evolved throughout the different eras, the appeal of jewellery has remained the same. The visual quality is borne of the rare and precious materials used in making each jewellery piece, as well as from the skill and expertise of the craftsmen behind them. Nowadays, it is no longer enough that jewellery items look good; they also must have a personalised flair to them. A jewellery laser engraving machine excels in precisely this department and can add serious value to your business and our products.
LASER ETCHING HALLMARKS
Hallmarks are a traditional element of jewellery, particularly those made with precious metals. These unique identifying marks are considered stamped signatures of famous jewellery makers. Aside from hallmarks, some pieces of jewellery also include a purity stamp, which states the ‘fineness’ or purity of the metal used for the particular jewelry. Nowadays, hallmarks and purity stamps are commonly only used by big name and high end jewellery manufacturers. Still, there is no reason why artisan level jewellery makers cannot put their own hallmarks on their products. A jewellery maker can also choose to put marks on their finished pieces for copyright or serialisation purposes.
LASER ENGRAVING HALLMARKS
The traditional method of adding hallmarks to a piece of jewellery involved ‘striking’ them with punches that bore the signature of the jewelry maker. This made a permanent indentation on the jewellery, but the tremendous force needed to strike this indentation can also cause deformation or damage of the piece of jewellery being marked. However, the laser engraving process solves all these problems, as it provides an engraving solution that makes permanent and legible marks with no chance of causing secondary damage to the jewellery.
Create intricate designs quickly
Marking or engraving with a laser can be done using two types of processes. The first type is called “ablating”, which is more akin to engraving or etching. In ablating, the high energy laser vaporises a thin layer of the surface material to form an image. The second type, called “annealing”, creates a shallower mark by merely changing the colour of the surface material without breaking the material itself. The choice of which technique to use depends mainly on the material in question and the design that needs to be marked or engraved on the material.
FAST AND CONSISTENT
Being fully automated, laser engraving produces consistent results every single time. Although jewellery artisans are highly skilled, engraving by hand will always generate variations from one engraving to the next. Frequently, the design that the customer agrees to is not exactly what manifests on the jewellery. The software bundle that comes with the jewellery engraving machine allows the jewellery maker and the customer to agree on a design and makes sure that this is the exact design that shows up on the finished piece of jewellery. Similar to the way a medal and trophy plaque is personalised, a jewellery engraver allows the jewellery maker to promise a “what you see is what you get” guarantee when it comes to customised engravings and not have to expend as much effort.
ENGRAVE PERMANENT MARKS
The marks made by laser engraving are permanent, legible, and abrasion resistant. These are essential qualities for jewellery pieces that are meant to last a lifetime and are sometimes even passed down generations. As lasers offer a non contact method of marking, the jewellery does not need to be clamped down on the engraving platform or to endure any physical impact. This reduces the chances of the precious jewellery suffering any secondary damage.
Compared to traditional engraving methods, laser engraving does not use a lot of consumables and has fewer moving parts. The jewellery maker will no longer have to deal with etching chemicals or replacement of worn down punchers. In the long run, laser engraving will prove to be the more cost efficient alternative.
Laser Engraving Personalisations
Adding customised engravings and marks on jewellery items is not a new thing. Ever since men and women started wearing jewellery, having detailed engravings on them have always given them that ‘oomph’ – that visual appeal that’s difficult to describe. Back in the day, these engravings were painstakingly handmade by artisans. Although these artisans were very skilled and the designs they made were undoubtedly beautiful, it can’t be denied that this was a prolonged and inefficient process.
Laser Technologies and Jewellery
Modern pieces of technology such as the jewellery laser engraving machine have given jewellery makers the ability to make highly customised and personalised marks and engravings on various pieces of jewellery. This is a highly in demand feature of modern jewellery making, as customers nowadays are obsessed with treating their jewellery as their personalised pieces.
THE JEWELLERY ENGRAVING PROCESS
Laser engraving machines, using very fine but powerful beams of light, allow for the engraving of highly detailed and high resolution designs. Thus, fingerprint designs and multiple lines of text on wedding bands have been made possible by laser engraving technology. Even photos can be engraved on any piece of jewellery. The best part of printing highly detailed designs is that it is almost as simple as printing an image on a standard printer – all you have to do is load the design on the software, position the jewellery on the printing platform, and let the laser do its job.
Laser Engraving A WIDE VARIETY OF MATERIALS
A jewellery laser engraving machine can work with a multitude of common metals used in jewellery – gold, silver, platinum, brass, or any kind of alloy. It can also be used for less traditional materials such as tungsten carbide, titanium, or palladium. There is a very long list of possible applications of laser engraving including rings, bracelets, lockets, watches, spectacles, eyeglass cases, earrings, belt buckles, and keychains.