Sorry, but wayy too much space between stones when finally set.
There are more problems than spacing between the stones. Did anyone
notice that spaces between base ring and the gallery are filled ?
This is a very serious deviation from design.
Did anyone notice how crude the ajoure is ? Did anyone notice that
prongs literary choke the stones?
The list of flaws is quite long. Like a lot of people said that it
is typical CAD/CAM creation, and now anyone can see it. What CAD
people don't get is that jewellery requires personal touch.
There must be a tiny element of disharmony to make jewellery
Knowledgable baker always add a pinch of cayenne pepper to sweet
recipes. Perfume was discovered when tiny amount of deer musk was
added to rose oil.
Tube amplifiers are preferred by audiophiles because of small amount
of distortion is always present.
The point is that we humans like imperfections. Not too much, but
just right. That is why handwork is so much appreciated. CAD/CAM
boasts precision, uniformness, and etc. But it is not what valued in
jewellery. When things done by hand and details are carefully
refined, a goldsmith introduces minor variations that become his/her
signature. There is a very thin line between intentional disharmony
and sloppiness, but that is the subject for another day.
Few words about why I did not provide dimensions. I do not give
dimensions in my DVD either.
Dimensions are entirely dependent on stones used and on the ring
size. This is part of a challenge to determine number of stones the
most appropriate for size of a ring. To keep stones close together
may necessitate increasing ring outer diameter, which introduces
number of technical issues solving which is a necessary part of the
Harold should be complimented for his valiant efforts, but it should
not be overlooked that he approached it with notion of omnipotence of
CAD/CAM and that is why is is a failed attempt.
I hope that he will try it again, because there are a lot to be
learned from it.
Some say it is a fool's errand. Well, that depends on how one
approach it. To succeed, one has to copy not the exact dimensions,
but the spirit of the design. The design of Eternity ring is
completely functional. There are not a single element "just because".
So the challenge is to understand and reproduce the function of each
and every element and then to wring out of CAD/CAM the elusive
element of disharmony in just the right amount.
What missing from current attempt is precisely that, the expression
of functionally. Configuration is kind of like it but it is boring.
Spaces which must be open are closed to accommodate casting, but
destroying optical characteristics of my design. In essence it is
like comparing a camel and a horse. While both animals can be used to
cross desert, they by far are not equal.