Photofabrication Engineering Inc. (“PEI”) Announces Savings For Jewelry Industry And Jewelry Designers Through Photochemical Etching Of Gold, Gold-Filled & .925 Sterling

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Photofabrication Engineering, Inc. (“PEI”) has developed proprietary chemistry to etch karat gold, gold-filled, as well as sterling silver for significant savings to the jewelry industry. The proprietary chemistry also allows jewelry designers to express their designs in photographic detail with faster time to market.

PEI Etches Gold, Gold-Filled and .925 Sterling Silver

All processes and finishing is proudly done here, in the USA, not in China so lead times are also dramatically improved and currency risk is reduced.

PEI’s photochemical etching process helps offset rising precious metal and labor costs because the tooling is significantly less expensive than a casting or stamping. Established in 1968, PEI has long offered decorative ornaments and bookmarks by first etching brass sheets and then finishing those sheets with gold plating or non-tarnishing imitation rhodium. “Being able to etch karat gold and .925 sterling without our customers having to go overseas now means we are at the head of the class,” says PEI’s Director of Marketing, Brook Spaulding.

Jack Cleary, one of PEI’s leading Decorative Jewelry Designers, observes, “a number of customers also like the rapid prototyping capability of our process … I can array multiple designs or minute permutations of a design within a single photo tool so that the jeweler can literally test which designs work best before committing to volume production.” Chip Lehrer, President of PEI, adds that “gold, silver, brass, copper as well as metals for hypoallergenic jewelry applications can all be economically etched from sheets as thin as .001” to as thick as .125” (1/8” thick) which means we can help with jewelry findings as well as finished jewelry.”

“All processes and finishing is proudly done here, in the USA, not in China so lead times are also dramatically improved and currency risk is reduced,” notes Robert Rossi, Executive Vice President for PEI.

For more information about Photofabrication Engineering, Inc. (“PEI”) and the firm’s jewelry capabilities, visit http://www.decorativeetching.com or call Jack Cleary at 1-508-478-2025 x 118. Established in 1968, PEI is ISO 9001:2008; AS9100 and ITAR certified. To understand more about the technical aspects of photo chemical etching process visit http://www.photofabrication.com/etching-process/.

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