No other piece of jewellery accompanies its wearer as permanently as wedding rings. From the moment the ring is handed over during the wedding ceremony, they accompany couples through their entire marriage.
Fischer Trauringe therefore not only places great value on exceptional design, but also has the highest standards regarding the quality of each manufactured wedding ring – after all, the wonderful feeling of looking at your own wedding ring with pride and full of love should last a lifetime.
Let us take you on the journey that your rings go through before they make their way to you. The Fischer company philosophy is embodied in each of these production steps: tradition meets innovation; modern machines complement finest craftsmanship – and all this at the highest quality standards.
The first step in the manufacturing process is the production of blanks. In this process, the components of the different alloys are first mixed and then melted. Afterwards, the melted material is cast into round or rectangular profiles strand by strand. It is then rolled and stamped out as blanks.
These blanks are then cold formed. To do so, they are held between two guiding rolls and the roller is placed on the surface. The material is expanded continuously through strong pressure and thus the desired ring size is obtained.
To ensure surface quality and hardness, this process is one of the most crucial steps in the production of wedding rings.
If you have already designed the ring of your dreams with the Konfischerator, you have probably noticed the variety of different shapes and profiles. These are added to the ring in the turning step.
The inner rounding of our rings – also called crowning – is adapted to the shape and width of the model so that maximum wearing comfort is achieved. The edges are smoothed and the final size of the ring is made with the precision of CNC technology.
Lasering and milling
Many of Fischer’s wedding rings have unique patterns created by grooves or indentations, which are created by laser cutting or milling by high-precision machines.
This is also where the rings are prepared for later setting by drilling and milling the stone positions of the diamonds.
The technology used in this step of the production process is what is crucial for the models of the Fischer “Flora” collection. Their characteristically detailed floral and tendril patterns in the highest quality are only possible thanks to this technology.
The patterns, which are prepared as vector graphics, are adjusted for the respective ring diameter and are then transferred to the laser machine. Depending on the selected alloy, laser parameters are entered that determine the depth of the engraving. Once started, the machine takes over the finishing of the surface.
Diamond setting is done exclusively by hand and is therefore an elaborate art of craftsmanship. The profession of the setter, like that of the goldsmith, is learned in a three-year apprenticeship.
We mainly offer the setting types “rub-over”, “channel” and “section”.
When being rubbed over, the diamond is integrated into the ring by lightly rubbing the surrounding precious metal over the edges of the stone.
Before the stone can be placed, some preparation is required: First, the position of the setting is spot-drilled slightly, before the indentation is widened until it reaches exactly the same size as the diamond. Finally, the diamond is set and the actual setting begins.
It involves rubbing the surrounding precious metal against the edge of the stone so that it lays lightly holds the diamond.
When setting stones in section – also called pavé – indentations are milled into a previously drilled hole. In order to secure the stones, small splinters are created using a graver, which reach over the gemstone and hold it in place.These splinters are then formed into a round shape. With this technique, the diamonds can be set particularly close to each other, so that entire ring surfaces can be covered with them.
As you can imagine, this process is quite time-consuming. To completely set the ring you see at the beginning of the video, the setters at Fischer need about 90 minutes. This skilled craftsmanship characterises each Fischer wedding ring and makes the rings unique!
Goldsmith and surface finishing
A further step, where you can see how much manual work goes into each individual ring, is the processing of the ring by a goldsmith. They perform delicate work on each ring, such as filing, soldering, lasering or diffusion welding.
Fischer offers a variety of different finishes. Not only do they differ in their appearance, but also with respect to their wear properties. Here you will find an overview of all surfaces.
The “ice matt” surface is particularly resistant to traces of wear due to its rich structure. It is handcrafted by grinding the ring in a circular motion from all sides.
The “bark” surface obtains its unique character through rough milling, which makes the ring robust against influences of wear. After the processing, which you can see in the video, the surface is sandblasted and thereby receives its matt finish.
The polished ring surface is the classy standard for all kinds of rings.
Depending on the wedding ring model, tiny areas are covered where the surface is supposed to remain matt. In the video you can see how the entire surface of a wedding ring is polished. This radiant finish shows off the ring’s alloy to its best advantage.
First of all, the ring is polished on the inside with a small polishing brush, then on the outside and finally the finishing is done.
The delicate pattern that you can find on many of the Fischer wedding rings is called milgrain.
It is made by holding the ring on a collet and rotating it at predefined speed. The milgrain tool is moved to the previously adjusted spot on the ring and transfers the pattern onto its surface. The tool is removed again after all of the small dots have been transferred. The result of this fine craftsmanship is a delicate embellishment that is not only visually appealing due to its light reflection, but can also be experienced haptically.
Engraving and hallmarking
The manufacturing process is completed by engraving the rings. You can choose whether you prefer diamond or laser engraving. This allows you to individualise your rings with various symbols or (handwritten) text.
To guarantee the authenticity of the rings, the FS Fischer symbol is hallmarked.