True Custom Jewelry Design

Every custom design tells a story. It is the story of taking a raw concept and creating a piece that exceeds everyone’s expectations. Once in a while, a special story emerges from a custom design. This is such a story. It illustrates the evolution of a complex concept into a true masterpiece. The story also exemplifies the importance of the teamwork ethic that occurs when the CAD artist and the retail jeweler put their respective talents together to solve issues of design, structure, assembly ease, stone setting issues, and the necessary finishing techniques that are required to bring the beauty of the design to light.

 

In this example, one of our favorite customers, David Liska of Custom Bridal Jewelers in Milwaukee, WI., had a client that was interested in having something made that was totally different, unique and with lots of “pizzazz”. David came up with a very intricate and distinctive concept and sent the sketch to us for creation. The design called for numerous stone sizes, types and colors, as well as being comprised of several different metals types. Therefore, the design would be created with many separate parts. We had to create a model that would allow for the easiest and most effect method for David to assemble. Each part needed the ability to “snap” into place to alleviate any problems associated with trying to solder small elements to larger elements of the design. Consideration to the degree of polishing for each part, prior to and after assembly, was a prime focus as well.

 

True Custom Jewelry Design

 

There were several revisions necessitated by the overall complexity of this concept. That closely knit relationship between our company of CAD artists and David at Custom Bridal was easily handled back and forth by emailing series of working renderings depicting solutions to structural and aesthetic issues that arose. On a ring as elaborate as this design, we sent work in progress , plastic resin models to David so that he could visualize our suggestions in a physical, scale form. As the process evolved, the design took on a life of its own.

 

True Custom Jewelry Design

 

With all the technical issues and visual elements solved and approved, we were able to produce the prototype models and cast the various parts in the desired metals. This one design was comprised of a palladium base and bezel, 18K rose gold halo, and 18K royal gold side bezels. We were very proud of the result and just how practical we had made it for the jeweler to assemble, set and polish. In addition, we were given permission to utilize this piece in a two page article written about “Detail Work” in the January 2008 issue of MJSA Journal. The story of this design and its creation was the highlight article in that issue dedicated to “Dream Makers, Turning Design Ideas into Reality with CAD/CAM”.

True Custom Jewelry Design

 

It is ironic how CAD artists working on multiple projects can sometimes overlook the beauty of a piece of jewelry due to being involved in the details. Only upon seeing a finished product and hearing of the joy of the recipient, do we actually experience the elation that we have helped create through our efforts. As this particular piece was in progress, we didn’t anticipate just how lovely the design would end up and, in fact, we had all been skeptical of the result. In the end, David was extremely pleased with our work and he did an excellent job with the assembly, stone setting and finish which resulted in a very happy client.

True Custom Jewelry Design

 

While this story is that of turning a complex process into a workable, beautiful and totally unique item, the reality is that most requests for CAD work is much less involved. The concept of working closely together as CAD artist and retailer that this story illustrates is a key to success in general. Through the constant evolution of CAD software and rapid prototyping equipment, the custom process runs very smoothly, efficiently and results in a level of satisfaction that was not possible a few short years ago. So let your imagination run wild and keep pushing the envelope on custom design and, as your CAD/CAM service bureau, we will work closely with you in the pursuit of moving from conception to perfection!

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