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Digital Goldsmith


#1

Is anyone other than me using Digital Goldsmith? I haven’t
noticed any discussion about the this extremely usefull
application. I hope that I can find others using the program.
Regards,

Roger W. Kitchens

Business Site: www.jewelrycreations.com
Personal Site: www.jewelrycreations.com/roger


#2

Roger: I just got a video about it. It looks very good, but can
you draw free-hand designs??? Are you renting it or did you buy it?
Did you get the camera? I am intrigued about it.

Micheal Mathews Victoria,Texas USA


#3

We purchased the camera with the software. We have the ability to
design an article while working with the customer, making changes to the
design with the customer interacting. We also use the camera to capture
images for our Graduate Gemologist to print in photographic quality
color for appraisals.

With the Digital Goldsmith software you are able to design custom
jewelry (in scale), from scratch in a matter of minutes. The custom
procedures and libraries allow you to quickly design beautiful pieces of
jewelry with little or no computer experience.

We have a large library of blank and semi mounts in our virtual
inventory. The system also came with thousands of images of diamonds
and colored stones. When added to your drawing the stones are in scale.
We can design a pendant from an existing article of jewelry that our
customer owns. We designed a wedding set for a customer using parts from
four ring images. It really cuts out the need for hand sketches. If
you need a design from a catalog, all you have to do is capture the item
from the catalog. I then work with the editing tools to get the desired
image.

Two weeks ago one of our customers wanted a bracelet for his wife to
match one of her rings. We photographed the ring while it was in for
inspection and designed the bracelet. The next day the customer came in
to look at the design and gave us an OK for the $7500.00 sale. We
printed the shop drawing for one of our jewelers to manufacture the
bracelet. We delivered the bracelet a week later to a very happy
customer that knew exactly what he was going to receive. 20

I have more than 30 years manufacturing bench jeweler experience and
have worked with computers since 1980. The system is what we have been
waiting for to design the item, print it in the enlarged size and actual
size. This can all be done with the customer working with you. When
the customer approves of the actual size design, you don’t have to worry
about hearing, “The finished article doesn’t look anything like what I
expected!”

You can capture a wax pattern and changing the color to 14kt gold and
add the customer’s stones that were photographed. This gives you the
opportunity to suggest adding more stones or upsize their center diamond

I am working on some ideas with tanzanite. We are creating a virtual
inventory visually mounting one stone in several ring mountings.
Allowing you to visually set it in prongs or a bezel, add side diamonds,
channel set baguettes or rounds. Having already calculated the cost for
manufacturing the ring, I am ready for customer comment. With the stone
and the pictures, potential customers can get an idea of the options
before we invest the time and money to mount the stone. How many times
have we pulled a stone from a mounting and made a new style mounting to
sell the stone? 20

We are using The Jeweler application for our point of sale system. It
allows us to have images of inventory items with the inventory records.

The GemVision system was about $14,000US and another $5,000 for the
computer. 20 Our system hardware for the GemVision system is as follows:
PentiumII 266mz 128K Memory 6 gig hard drive (will probably need to go to
a 15 gig later) 32 Speed CD-Rom 2 LPT Outputs 17" High Resolution Monitor
Photo Quality Color Printer

I will be adding photos of the items we manufacture and some of our
virtual inventory in the near future. If you are attending the Vegas show,
be sure to visit GemVision and IBIS Software. We have found both
products invaluble to our operations.

Regards,

Roger Kitchens

Business Site: www.jewelrycreations.com
Personal Site: www.jewelrycreations.com/roger


#4

We purchased the camera with the software. We have the ability to
design an article while working with the customer, making changes to the
design with the customer interacting. We also use the camera to capture
images for our Graduate Gemologist to print in photographic quality
color for appraisals.

With the Digital Goldsmith software you are able to design custom
jewelry (in scale), from scratch in a matter of minutes. The custom
procedures and libraries allow you to quickly design beautiful pieces of
jewelry with little or no computer experience.

We have a large library of blank and semi mounts in our virtual
inventory. The system also came with thousands of images of diamonds
and colored stones. When added to your drawing the stones are in scale.
We can design a pendant from an existing article of jewelry that our
customer owns. We designed a wedding set for a customer using parts from
four ring images. It really cuts out the need for hand sketches. If
you need a design from a catalog, all you have to do is capture the item
from the catalog. I then work with the editing tools to get the desired
image.

Two weeks ago one of our customers wanted a bracelet for his wife to
match one of her rings. We photographed the ring while it was in for
inspection and designed the bracelet. The next day the customer came in
to look at the design and gave us an OK for the $7500.00 sale. We
printed the shop drawing for one of our jewelers to manufacture the
bracelet. We delivered the bracelet a week later to a very happy
customer that knew exactly what he was going to receive. 20

I have more than 30 years manufacturing bench jeweler experience and
have worked with computers since 1980. The system is what we have been
waiting for to design the item, print it in the enlarged size and actual
size. This can all be done with the customer working with you. When
the customer approves of the actual size design, you don’t have to worry
about hearing, “The finished article doesn’t look anything like what I
expected!”

You can capture a wax pattern and changing the color to 14kt gold and
add the customer’s stones that were photographed. This gives you the
opportunity to suggest adding more stones or upsize their center diamond

I am working on some ideas with tanzanite. We are creating a virtual
inventory visually mounting one stone in several ring mountings.
Allowing you to visually set it in prongs or a bezel, add side diamonds,
channel set baguettes or rounds. Having already calculated the cost for
manufacturing the ring, I am ready for customer comment. With the stone
and the pictures, potential customers can get an idea of the options
before we invest the time and money to mount the stone. How many times
have we pulled a stone from a mounting and made a new style mounting to
sell the stone?

We are using The Jeweler application for our point of sale system. It
allows us to have images of inventory items with the inventory records.

The GemVision system was about $14,000US and another $5,000 for the
computer. 20 Our system hardware for the GemVision system is as follows:
PentiumII 266mz 128K Memory 6 gig hard drive (will probably need to go to
a 15 gig later) 32 Speed CD-Rom 2 LPT Outputs 17" High Resolution Monitor
Photo Quality Color Printer

I will be adding photos of the items we manufacture and some of our
virtual inventory in the near future. If you are attending the Vegas show,
be sure to visit GemVision and IBIS Software. We have found both
products invaluble to our operations.

Regards,

Roger Kitchens

Business Site: www.jewelrycreations.com
Personal Site: www.jewelrycreations.com/roger


#5

Dear Roger,

Wow! I am impressed. At the Design Centre (Sydney,
Australia) where I teach jewellery design and technique, there are other
arts-related disciplines also being taught. Graphic design, interior
design and product design. Besides well-equipped Mac and PC computer labs
we also have an awesome Silicon Graphics studio.

But with all this firepower, we and the participants in our courses still
have an essential need for the creative, often intuitive, hand sketches.
Like you, I’m all for every aid that increases both productivity and
professionalism. But I hope you never really and truly want to cut out the
need for hand sketches. What if the power fails?

Notwithstanding all that, I would appreciate further details of your
system. It sounds as if it is a useful adjunct to business. Looking
forward to further posts, regards, Rex from Oz