The Difference between Handmade vs. Casting Jewelry Explained
Edelweiss Concierge·May 01, 2018
High end jewelry can be beautiful and extremely valuable, but many people don’t understand why. What makes one piece of jewelry more expensive than another?
How it's designed, who makes it, and where it comes from determines real value. And one of the biggest differences? Handmade jewelry vs. casting jewelry. Let us explain.
Here, we're going over the basics of handmade, custom jewelry and explaining the ins and outs of casting jewelry.
Handmade jewelry is, as its name suggests, crafted by hand from start to finish.
The crafting refers to the creation of the ring itself (usually out of platinum or gold) as well as the prongs and setting, in which the diamond or gemstones are set.
The advantage of handmade jewelry is you can do more but with less—producing a finer piece that is actually stronger.
But, the disadvantage of buying handmade fine jewelry is that it's more expensive than mass-produced casting jewelry.
Non-handmade jewelry, also known as casting jewelry is made by pouring liquid metal into pre-made molds.
The advantage of casting jewelry is the ability to make more for less money.
The disadvantage is there is a significant drop in quality.
Now, it's important to note that you can have really poorly made handmade jewelry and you can have really well made casting jewelry.
But the key fact is that the best handmade jewelry is significantly better, rarer, more durable, and finer than even the best casting jewelry.
So, when comparing apples to apples, handmade jewelry is the clear winner.
Handmade Jewelry vs. Casting Jewelry
In short, handmade jewelry requires less metal than casting precious jewelry and, as an end result, produces a stronger finished product. You can do more with less.
With handmade, you are able to use the exact amount of metal necessary, which allows for sleek and delicate finished products.
Interestingly, even while using less materials, the handmade method also allows jewelers to make stronger jewelry because the setting is sculpted around the exact dimensions of diamonds or gemstones in use.
Since stones are always slightly different from one another, casting high jewelry is built for flexibility and can work with a range of stones. As a result, it has to use more metal and looks bulkier.
Knowing the exact dimensions of the stone means handmade jewelers can make settings that are perfect every time.
Still, casting jewelry is the most cost-effective option and can still be beautiful.
If you want to wear an incredibly valuable precious stone, you can save money on the setting with casting jewelry. However, if you prefer an all-around higher-quality piece, opt for handmade.