DeSantis Jewelry Inlay Proccess

Our jewelry stone inlay consists of all natural gem quality Australian Black Opal, Lapis Lazuli, Black Onyx, Sugilite, Coral, Turquoise, Mother of Pearl, and Spiney Oyster.

There are four steps we abide by in successfully completing natural stone inlay:
 

  1. Grading the gemstones
  2. Carving each stone for a channel within the piece of jewelry
  3. Correctly bonding each stone to the very bottom of the desired jewelry channel
  4. The final polishing of the gemstones

After each inlay step, the stones are carefully inspected for fractures, cracks, and inclusions. If any of the aforementioned is detected, we will remove the stone and repeat the process.


Grading
Each gemstone is carefully graded where there will be no calcite (white patches) in our lapis, no black matrix patches in our sugilite, no pits or discoloration in our Coral, etc. As for our natural opal inlay you will see that each stone displays a generous play of color ranging from blue-green to yellow-red flashes (this play of color will determine the overall price as well).


Carving
When you carefully look at our inlay, you will notice that it is very high quality. There are no gaps, only uniform design and symmetry when inspected from all angles.


Bonding
Once a stone is ready to be inlaid, it is precisely bonded with an indusrial strength 2-part epoxy to the bottom of the jewelry channel. Provided that all the stones are securely set, there are no traces of epoxy on either the metal or stones.


Polishing
The most important and last process is polishing the stones. We make sure each and every stone inlaid is polished to its highest luster. There will be no scratches, just high polished gem quality inlaid stones. As for opal, we hold on to a finished opal inlay piece for months, sometimes years before displaying it for sale to make sure no crazing or cracks occur.