Hi Jo and others
I find it amusing that the photo used at the top of the article
was of necklace made with poorly made Balinese style spacer beads.
Well said. Why did not an article on CAD design show CAD designed
jewellery? But instead a low grade bead necklace.
I worked for Beadco and we sold hundreds of beads from the four
corners of the world. Venice, Czechoslovakia, Japan, Greece, Africa,
Bali etc etc. The beads in the necklace are not CAD and are low
quality craft stuff.
I have a CAD eternity ring I will get cast In Argentium. It was
designed by Charles Anderson. This piece if it casts and can be set
with 22 stones will change the jewellery world. The azure is not as
refined as by hand but that is only a matter of time. It was posted
that this cannot be done. The proof will be in the casting and
setting and I by no means would guarantee this piece will work, but
if it does well it will be a new world.
That said it is a mass produced type item. I was taught that if you
only want one piece do not cast it as the time to make the master is
the same as to make the piece.
My customers like the handmade aspect of my jewellery. But what the
heck if I could CAD my mobius rings I would, but the printing price
is too expensive, at the moment. But then would the slight variations
from the hand making that would be lost with CAD make them look
boring? They would all look the same.
I just posted a mobius bangle to a customer I made one and re-did 3
times to get the exact look I wanted.
Then I made another one and it was just what I wanted. If I had done
this with CAD could I have just made one bangle once or would it have
been quicker to do it the by hand to get what I wanted?
CAD is an interesting topic and once I reviled from it but have seen
so many interesting CAD pieces I believe there is great potential for
CAD. But what will distinguish western/ American design from Asian
design and Asia's lower manufacturing cost? Now lets be frank here,
the quality of design from Asia historically has been embraced by the
west. So rather than boosting American/western jewellery the skill of
Asian design may just destroy it.
For CAD produced items vs hand made to order I don't think so. But
yet again if you can afford to shop in the Place Vendome, perhaps
Shanghai, Mumbai or Tokyo may be just as attractive. It is a global
world now and no less so for jewellery. It will be very soon
international design wars. The quality will be a given.
all the best