A die is a hollowed out metal form into which gold and silver is hammered to produce one shape or another. The new “die-struck” piece of metal is light, shiny, and strong and is usually soldered together with similar pieces. The result is jewelry that looks “big” but without the heaviness of thicker, cast pieces. Die striking is often used in the manufacture of earrings.
Some Die Struck Facts
Die-striking metal under extreme pressure creates a product 33% stronger and more dense than a casting. It is also an effective way of mass producing jewelry, making die striking ideal for costume jewelry!
Die-Striking and Fine Jewelry
Die-striking is rare in the making of fine jewelry. Making fine jewelry using these die-striking processes is a multi-step, time consuming and expensive process, but the results are very strong and precisely detailed jewelry pieces like the Flora and Chantilly ring pictured here.
Video of the Steps Taken in Die-Striking in Fine Jewelry Making.
This video is promotional, but it shows the many steps involved and the machinery used in the creation of die-struck jewelry.