Our Process

 

 

 

Mitchel & Co is an established, independent and family-run jeweller based in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. We design and create the beautiful pieces that help you to mark the most momentous occasions in your life. We’re particularly specialist at making stunning engagement rings, perfect wedding bands, and almost anything with a diamond in it.

Here’s how we work…

This can be done right here in store, or a mixture of phone and email correspondence. If you are coming in to see us, then prepare for a trying on session – as just like hot pants, you never know til you get them on! Our expert team will take you through big ones, small ones, round ones and fancy ones, taking a brief all the while on the design features that work for you. It might just be that you find the one true ring right there in from of you – in which case, it yours to take, or alternatively we can make you a ‘fresh one’ to order. If your ideas and tastes are more bespoke, no problem – with sketches, CAD designs and wax models we can make almost anything. If you are choosing an engagement ring, then once we have an outline on design, it’s on to choosing that all important centre stone. Diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds – we love them all, and will always endeavour to show you a range of options to suit your budget.

Into Production…

Your order is then on it’s way to our onsite Production Team, where the magic starts to happen. It’s here that designs start to take shape, with draft images, measurements and modelling. Depending on design, we will hand carve waxes, create rendered CAD images and 3D print wax models. Our experienced team can keep in touch with you whilst they lovingly progress your jewellery on it’s journey through our workshop.

First stop, casting…

Like baking a perfect cake, casting in precious metal is an art. All of our metals are of course hallmarked, but using a good quality metal caster is the key to creating a ring that will stand the test of time. Unlike most mported rings, which account for the vast majority of jewellery offerings, our rings are cast right here in the Jewellery Quarter, using (probably) the best precious metal casting company available.

Mount it up…

Once we have our rough casting, the next stage is ‘clean up’. Here our Mounter/Jeweller, has the job of perfecting the metal by filing, shaping, sizing and finishing. We use a combination of old school techniques, to state of the art laser machines.

Off to be hallmarked…

Until recently, the UK was the only country to have an Assay Office, responsible for testing all precious metals and hallmarking them as a legal requirement. Our jewellery goes to Birmingham Assay Office to be stamped with the Birmingham Anchor Mark, as well as our very own Mitchel & Co makers mark, giving our jewellery the pedigree it deserves.

Get set, go…

With the ring now prepared, it’s off to be set with diamonds and gemstones. A precision process that requires meticulous attention to detail, and a level of skill that is hard to find these days. Each diamond is carefully secured with varying setting styles, often under a microscope, to get a flawless finish and security.

Polish and shine…

Now it’s to our specialist polisher, for more work to polish and perfect the final piece of jewellery, buffing and shining, as well as working and washing, to bring the refined article together. All the while our production team are guiding each and every order though a maze of weighs, checks and quality control, as well as extra finishes, engravings and more complex techniques – finally producing an heirloom for you to treasure. We are certainly very proud to be a UK manufacturer and a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, I think we earned it!