Strongest Engagement and bridal rings
Galt & bro. Has been successfully manufacturing die-struck products in the United States from the late 19th century. This process produces a product that is far superior to the industry standard of casting.
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Our die-striking process literally compresses metals into a metal crystal structure via a hydraulic press to ensure maximum density and strength.
Die-striking metal under extreme pressure creates a product 33% stronger and more dense than a casting. the benefit is a longer lasting product; secure settings for gemstones and diamonds, and a mirror-like luster unobtainable by other methods.
This is why our products have much more wear life (more metal hardness) than cast items because of their superior density.
What makes our process unique?
Die struck jewelry is a step above ‘quality jewelry,’ because it can stand up to the daily wear and tear far greater than other jewelry that is on the market today. Its unique strength makes it what is referred to as “heirloom quality jewelry.” Not only will it last a lifetime, but for generations to come. It is this heirloom quality that makes Galt’s die struck engagement and wedding rings unique. Now in its 2nd century, Galt & Bro. regularly hears from family members whose grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and great-great-grandmothers made the choice to invest in Galt’s jewelry and they proudly to continue to wear their family heirlooms today. .
The Galt and Bro. Process
Preparation of metal:
Each piece of Galt & Bro. bridal jewelry begins as raw material. Pure Platinum, Gold and Palladium are melted to form an ingot, which is then rolled into sheets or drawn into wire. This simple form of metal working is the essential part to ensuring the integrity of Galt’s workmanship. The basic materials of wire and sheet are used as the first step to create our die struck and handmade jewelry.
Every Galt piece of bridal jewelry is manufactured using the die struck process. Hundreds of special dies have been handmade in our shop over the past 200 years. Our precious metal sheet is forged into dies under many tons of pressure to shape and form rings, pendants and earrings. This process produces a product that is far superior to the industry standard of casting. The benefit is a longer lasting product, secure settings for diamonds and gemstones, and a mirror-like luster unobtainable by other methods..
Our jewelry will begin to take form during hand assembly by our craftspeople. Filigree details are pierced using saw blades as small as a human hair. Each die struck component is individually polished to achieve the highest finish inside and out. Welding and soldering techniques are used to assemble the blank shape from many parts. After assembly, the blank will be filed, sanded, and polished to a fine finish, creating the palette for the diamond setter and engraver to create their masterwork.
A final polish is applied as the last detail. Bright areas are polished to the highest finish attainable. The final product is a piece of jewelry that feels and appears like no other. Galt & Bro. jewelry has the quality and fine elegance that has been refined since 1802..
What Are The Additional Benefits of Die Striking Jewelry?
In addition to its exceptional longevity the metal’s density makes the surface ideal for the lost art of hand engraving. Hand engraving has a long and rich tradition. Engraved jewelry, pottery, sculpture and other art objects grace the collection of museums around the world. While it is a technique that has been around for thousands of years old, it is often associated with early 20th century jewelry designs. The technique saw a great decline in the 1950’s when a variety of influences resulted in its downtrend.
At Galt & Bro., the process takes place near the completion of the jewelry when their artist expertly carves the desired pattern into the surface of the jewelry using only hand-eye coordination and years of professional experience. As a result of the skill and artistry that is needed to create Galt’s engraved jewelry, every engraved wedding band, engagement ring, pendant, earring, and is truly a one-of-a-kind work of art.