Manufacture of lost wax jewelry

Investment casting for rings is an ancient art. This technique was first used by the early Egyptians, but it was also discovered and used independently by tribal artists in South America who used it to cast pre-Columbian gold. It was rediscovered by the great Renaissance goldsmith Benvenuto Cellini. While modern versions of the lost wax process have some differences, such as the use of industrial vacuum cleaners to pull the molten gold down into the mold, the lost wax method as used today is very similar to that used by goldsmiths in Egypt and pre-Columbian tribes.

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