AGS- 2024

Techform is dedicated to promoting the benefits of platinum in the jewelry industry.   We joined AGS, American Gem Society, to make our presence known to jewelers and to support our industry.

In April 2024 Teresa and Joel will be co-presenters on the topic of 3-D printed jewelry patterns. This presentation explores original research documenting differences in surface finish measurements from several 3D printer outputs used broadly in the U.S. jewelry trade. Measurements and the character of surface features are reported for both 3D patterns and subsequent castings to capture the complete process of metal production. Impacts on design, bench operations, and metal loss are considered, as well as nuance in machine operation that can affect quality.  Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm CDT

We are looking forward to Conclave 2024 and the chance to talk with more members of the jewelry industry and share our research and experience.  Through networking and sharing research, we only strengthen our industry and provide the jewelry-buying public with excellence and the highest standards.

Past Presentations:

American Gem Society presents Conclave 2022 – Teresa joined the PGI panel to discuss research into the Wear Resistance of Platinum and Gold Alloys. We know that platinum is the best choice for stone security and want to make sure jewelers have the research to back up the choice of platinum settings, regardless of the shank metal.

In 2019, Teresa Frye presented an educational session at the AGS Conclave 2019 conference focusing on the methods, materials, and technology involved in current platinum jewelry casting. This was an excellent session to help both bench jewelers and retailers understand the technology behind quality platinum casting as well as the role design plays in achieving excellent casting results.

More detail on Teresa’s Presentation:
Platinum Jewelry Casting in the 21st Century: Methods, Materials & Technology
April 8, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session Description: One of the little-known facts about platinum casting is the relatively short period that it has been performed with the use of sophisticated machinery in production-type settings. Before the early nineties when platinum experienced a renaissance in consumer demand, most platinum was either hand-fabricated or cast using a comparatively crude torch-based manual centrifuge method. Since the platinum renaissance, nearly all manufacturers of platinum jewelry have implemented sophisticated induction melting systems along with platinum-specific crucibles and investment materials. But these off-the-shelf purchases alone are not enough to produce high-quality castings. Platinum’s extremely high melting temperature, coupled with a relatively high viscosity level, requires very specific techniques and materials for optimal casting outcomes.

In this session, Teresa Frye, platinum casting expert and owner of TechForm Advanced Casting Technology takes an in-depth look at the specific process and equipment needed for the casting of platinum jewelry alloys. Drawing from her original research and publications in the field of platinum casting, she offers valuable insights into the unique needs of this fascinating king of metals.