Big 18-karat pure gold bracelet for men
Men are generally more attracted by gold signet rings (fr) than on pure gold bracelets.
However, since they wear little jewelry, when they decide for a gold bracelet, it is usually to choose a big 18-karat pure gold bracelet.
This is the case of this two-gold men's bracelet project, made of yellow gold and 18-karat white gold, which we had the opportunity to make in our jewelry workshop.
It is an articulated bracelet composed of 8 large links, themselves articulated to each other by 8 smaller links.
This is a relatively large piece, since the bracelet is 10 millimeters wide for a total gold weight of 65 grams.
18-karat gold bracelet for men made through our custom jewelry creation service
The peculiarities of this bracelet project were :
- it had to be made of yellow gold and 18k white gold
- manufactured according to the customer's design
- made from gold supplied by the customer
- the clasp had to be as discreet as possible
Our client knew carefully what he wanted, it was all the easier for us to meet his needs and to quantify the cost of making the jewel.
3D view of the two 18k gold men's bracelet project
We still had to do a CAD modeling to evaluate the gold weight of the bracelet.
The measurement of the wrist circumference, as explained here, is imperative in order to fix the length of the bracelet which will allow us to evaluate the final gold weight of the bracelet.
The latter is 10 millimeters wide and 2 millimeters thick. Each link is composed of two pieces, a pure yellow gold frame receiving an insert in 18-karat white gold, welded on the first.
The gold supply
Our upstream study revealed that the bracelet would weigh about 65 grams.
Our client had 79 grams of 18-karat gold of old jewelry that he wanted to recycle in order to carry out his project.
Recovery gold includes a white gold hollow chain and various 18-karat gold jewelry and ingots
The gold is recycled to obtain a large gold nugget of 23.5 carats purity, visible in its crucible during the last melting stage, in the following photo.
23.5 carats pure gold in the process of solidification after melting
This gold is then remelted in order to make smaller ingots that will be used to make the different pieces.
View of our fine gold ingot once gold is melted and poured into a mold
Manufacture of the gold bracelet
If this project uses digital modeling in its design phase, the bracelet is entirely made manually on the jeweler's bench.
The preparation of pieces in pure gold
The previously obtained fine gold is mixed with other metals to obtain 18-karat yellow gold in one case and 18-karat white gold in the other.
View of a small fine gold ingot with the alloy metal that will give it its white color
The resulting 18-karat gold is then laminated to obtain strips of metal that will be cut.
This view shows the three stages of manufacturing a 18-karat yellow gold rectangular plate that will be used to manufacture a link of our bracelet.
These plates are then put to the required dimensions and then filed in the central part to clear the place for the white gold insert.
View of the different stages of transformation of the yellow gold laminate to obtain a link of the bracelet.
The same procedure is used to make the white gold inserts and the yellow gold small links.
The links are then perforated to prepare their assembly, as a hinge.
This gives a batch of pieces ready to be assembled.
The white gold inserts are then adjusted to the yellow gold links.
Assembly of the bracelet links
All our parts having been prepared, it is then possible to assemble the various parts by welding.
View of the white gold pieces soldered on their yellow gold support
Links are then bent one-to-one to give them the curvature of the closed bracelet.
Detail view of a link of the bent bracelet, then below all of the 8 links of our bracelet ready for assembly.
We can now proceed to the blank assembly tests of the hinge pins between our different links.
We notice the axes of the hinges, made with 18-karat yellow gold thread passed through a die
When the adjustments are good, we can then weld the hinges in place.
Solder a hinge in place.
The excess of the axis that is protruding is cut and then filed down.
This photo shows our bracelet taking shape before the finishing operations and the realization of the clasp.
Bracelet in the process of retouching the axes of the hinges following their welding
Following the polishing operations, we can admire the final rendering.
Finally, we test the final weight of the bracelet for a target weight of 65 grams, we are good but we were lucky because it is always very difficult to end up with the exact weight for a project as heavy gold .
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