Why British Jewelers are Loving Laser Technology
Businesses need to keep with the times to stay competitive. This applies to virtually all industries, even those that use to rely on old-fashioned skill and artistry, such as jewelry making. With this in mind, British jewelers have come to embrace the marriage of jewelry making and laser technology. What has made laser technology such a boon to British jewelers?
Highly personalised pieces
Customers nowadays want their jewelry to bear pieces of their personality, whether that’s in the form of engraved names, symbols, handwritten text, or even thumbprints. In fact, the market is all about personalization, which makes laser engraver technology even more of an advantage.
With laser technology, any digital design can be quickly and easily replicated on a piece of jewelry. Since laser marking and engraving is so precise, it can recreate overly complex designs – it can even make photorealistic prints! Since customers are free to come up with their own designs, laser marking allows them to add a personal touch to the jewelry that they order.
Another great thing about jewelry marking using lasers is that every mark made by a laser is permanent. These marks will not disappear or fade even when exposed to corrosive fluids, high temperature, or simply the ravages of time. Laser marked jewelry make for great heirlooms since the marks remain legible even after generations have passed.
Easy to use
Despite the intimidating image of lasers, modern laser marking machines are surprisingly easy to operate. Since most of the process is software-guided, there is only a very small skill barrier to adopting laser marking in the current process used by jewelers.
Here’s the thing: if you’re a jeweler who is skilled enough to handle extremely precise tools like a disk punch or a jeweler’s saw, then it takes much less effort and skill to press a few buttons on a laser marking machine.
Fast, precise, and reliable
Laser marking machines are capable of reproducing designs with very fine details, beyond what any of the traditional methods can replicate. Since everything if software-guided, a laser marking machine can repeat this process hundreds of times over without a single reject.
The reliability of laser technology is one of the factors that have made it very attractive, especially for an industry that is dealing with precious metals. Since laser marking does not require the piece to be clamped down, nor does it exert any impact on the piece, it also reduces the chances of the jewelry suffering any damage.
Coming up with a custom jewelry piece can take several hours to days. This used to be a point of pride for master jewelers, but laser technology might just make this argument obsolete. With laser marking and engraving, a job that used to take three to five hours can be done in just ten minutes. For customers, this means that they can receive their custom pieces in just a short period. For jewellers, the short turnaround period means they can accept more jobs.
Versatile and environment-friendly
Laser marking machines can work with virtually all types of metals used in jewelry – gold, silver, brass, stainless steel, and various alloys. There’s no time-consuming tooling change necessary when changing from one material to another. All it takes is a few changes in the laser parameters.
Laser marking also does away with the use of chemicals for jewelry etching. Not only are most of these etching chemicals hazardous for jewelers, but they also lead to more problems for the jeweler who then has to find a way to dispose of them safely. With no consumables, laser technology is far and away the more environment-friendly alternative.
Laser marking technology is making waves in the British jewelry industry, and it’s easy to see why. With the wide range of capabilities of lasers, they can very well revolutionise the industry and change how jewelers work. Laser technology can also expand the possibilities of jewelry making, allowing jewelry to come up with pieces that used to be impossible.
Old-fashioned methods, though highly respected, may not be able to keep up with modern demands. For British jewelers, the potential of laser technology has posed them a question: are they going to adapt or are they going to get left behind?