The efficiency of jewelry design and the manufacturing processes involved has been improved by technological advancements. But which types of specific technology have transformed the sector? Herewith Angelic Diamonds, retailer of engagement rings, we take a look at the latest technological updates in the jewellery world…
As demand for the most bespoke and unique jewelry designs increases, Computer-aided design (CAD) has become an integral part to this process. This type of design uses computers to create and modify a design before it goes into production. It can generate precise 2D and 3D models, as well as technical illustrations.
CAD is now an extremely important piece of technology for many businesses since the demand for bespoke products is on the rise. When it comes to jewellery which is to be a gift or hold special meaning, many customers have different tastes. From bold designs to delicate vintage styles, there are a lot of variants that people prefer. Often, people want a one-off piece made too, and CAD can help with this.
An additional benefit of this, other than the time reductions when producing these bespoke designs, is that it allows for the generation of designs before manufacturing the finished product. The technical illustrations which can be produced allow the customer to see their desired product from different angles and in a realistic format. This means that any modifications to the piece can be made before the jewellery is created, saving wasted gems, metals and resources if the client changes their mind.
Neil Dutta from Angelic Diamonds, says: “CAD allows for the creation of more intricate designs, as the piece can be seen and edited close-up in a way that didn’t used to be possible. Customers can add their own input to the designs after seeing the realistic images too. Jewellery is often a significant investment for the buyer and it’s important for both the client and the seller that the buyer is satisfied with the end-product.”
The introduction of 3D Printing
The efficiency of the manufacturing and production process has been improved for businesses in many sectors thanks to 3D Printing, thus has created several opportunities for them.
CAD is used to create 3D printed wax or resin models of jewellery in order for 3D printing to work in the Jewellery sector. These are then used to cast delicate pieces with the fine metals — 3D printing with precious metals to begin with, would be overly costly. These molds mean that separate sections of metal don’t need to be soldered together, creating a more solid and complex piece of jewellery.
Specialising in Jewellery for shoes, Shaherazad Umbreen talks about her business, Shoes by Shaherazad, and said: “I’ve experimented with 3D printing a lot, as it allows low-cost testing of product designs. In the past, going directly to metal-bashing techniques meant that if the design didn’t look right, then precious time (and costly metals) were lost.
“Now, I design in CAD, print in 3D, and only then when the design is just right do I then use the 3D mould to create a piece of jewellery. Many of my designs are in 22 carat gold, so this new process has saved me thousands of pounds and hours of time.”
The use of Lasers
Laser technology has also proven a popular choice of technology in the jewellery industry. Although this has been around for some time, advancements in lasers are continually progressing the industry.
For making a custom, one-off or unique designs, laser engraving is a modern alternative to choose from. Laser technology can be used when engraving metal pieces or adding inscriptions and detail to jewelry. The smallest of details can be created with a laser, due to the precision of the machinery, meaning that wording is clearly legible once engraved.
Despite the technology changes of Jewellery over time, sometimes hand-crafted pieces that have taken time and care to create are just as appreciated by customers. Who knows what the next revolution in the industry will be…