Jewellery manufacturing is the base foundation for every jewellery business. There are four methods of manufacturing jewellery – hand fabrication, lost-waxing cast, die striking, and electroforming. Although not every method is used in every jewellery brand, when in the jewellery industry or pursuing a career in jewellery designing, it is important to know the different manufacturing methods and how they are used to curate designs.
At JD Institute, the industrial visits are organised every two months to give students an experience and exposure in the design and creative industry they are being educated in. Although, in the past year these opportunities were impossible to provide to the students due to the on-going pandemic. Despite this, the institute had come up with an alternative and new approach to helping students to still connect with the industries and understand the procedures that the companies were taking to face and compensate for the limitations of the situation. The 3Cs Outreach Program was an initiative to create a virtual platform for industrial interactions. The committee had provided many opportunities for the students by holding webinars and seminars.
Now, in 2021, as the institute has reopened offline education and on-campus classes, along with the industries and brands opening up again, the industrial visits are being organised. The industrial and brand visits are all organised keeping in mind all COVID protocols. Among the ones that were organised, the most recent visit was for the students of Diploma in Fine Jewellery Designing to the Mehta Gold Store in Bengaluru.
Mehta Gold Jewellery
The Mehta Gold Jewellers are one of the largest manufacturing units in South India that was Private incorporated in 2011. It is classified as a non-government company and is registered at the Registrar of Companies, Bangalore. Its authorized share capital is Rs. 50,000,000 and its paid up capital is Rs. 48,619,700. They are also involved in wholesale on a fee as well as a contract basis. The Directors of Mehta Gold Private Limited are Sohanraj Devichand Mehta, Sandeep Mehta and Anita Kumari Mehta.
Sohanraj Devichand Mehta began his venture with the manufacturing of gold jewellery alone, which was later carried forward to by his son Sandeep Mehta and his great team who have expanded their business to a stunning five floor empire which have been divided as per the different manufacturing processes such as:
- Jewellery Designing : Conversion Of Hand Sketches Into 3d With The Use Of Softwares Like Rhinoceros 5, Matrix , ZBrush, Etc.
- Gold Metal Work
- Plain Gold Jewellery
- Nakshi Work
- Different Types Of Metalsmithing – Melting The Metal, Showing Malleability And Ductility Of The Metal By Annealing Technique
- Drawing Into Wires And Metal Pieces, Cutting, Filing, Buffering, Soldering, Polishing Jewellery
- Final Embellishment
Apart from the hand crafting manual technique also hold a Jewellery casting unit, Quality check unit and have a licence of giving BIS Hallmarking which help with identifying the different purity of metal with a proof mark sealed on it.
Jewellery manufacturing is an incritate possess that cannot be learnt theoretically alone. Thus, this visit to Mehta Gold Jewellers helped students understand the working process of every department in detail. This also provided an opportunity for the students to interact with the director, Mr. Sohanraj Devichand, who fortunately was available at the premises during the student visit. They have also recognised JD’s jewellery department and are in good communication and have had a chance to interact with the aspiring designers with regards to their creativity and innovative ideas.