Cad/cam is nice and precise, sometimes even a good starting point
for hand carving. I use the best tool at hand or maybe several.
And round and round it goes - I’m with Jeff… "I can make anything"
cannever be literally true, but in a practical way I CAN make about
I have a job to set this morning that’s a shared-prong wedding ring
made to match the engagement. 2 point diamonds… I sent it to a
CAD guy who specializes in shared prong (FYI - Diamond Design
Company 760 Market St. SF). He gave me a perfect ring wax for $70.
Absolutely, precisely done. Sure, I could do it but why?
Successful business people aren’t - can’t be - idealists. I’m too
old to start learning it in any real way, though I’ve played with
many of the programs over the years. I also don’t like it much - I
don’t enjoy it. But you bet I use it when it’s the right tool. It’s
not really about artistic integrity, it’s about cash, in the end.
There was that video about Van Cleef painstakingly crafting an
invisibly set brooch a while back. Just fascinating but understand
that in the next room are their computers, too. And Cartier and
Graff and Tiffany… Tiffany’s sells a million platinum wedding
bands a year and no, they don’t have little elves pounding them