Hello! I am a newcomer to Orchid and the jewelry industry. My
background is in interior architectural design and apparel
design/manufacturing. My emphasis is to create quality, functional
sculpture and designs that stimulate thought.
I have developed a production line of jewelry that I’m in the
process of marketing–hopefully by Summer 98. I’ve handcut all the
prototypes and handed them to a CAD designer to digitize for die or
laser cutting. I was advised by my former jewelry instuctor and
others in the industry to strongly consider these processes or acid
etching because the geometric designs deal with sheet metal and the
flat surfaces would not produce a clean cast. The laser industry
has little experience with cutting sterling or gold mostly because
of the problems caused by its highly reflective surface. Die
cutting is more restrictive in production size and start up costs
are quite expensive. Has anyone had experience or success with
laser technology for cutting sterling (20 ga and 3mm thick)? What
about acid etching? Any help is greatly appreciated!
My sample size ring for production is an 8. I can alter the size
from 6-10 without distroying the design. What is the most common
ring size in the US? Is an 8 a good base to start with?
I’m also looking for 10mm and 12mm round undrilled stones. I’m
interesed in green tourmaline, turquoise, garnet, lapis,
serpentine. I’m waiting for response from someone recommended in
Sri Lanka. Does anyone have a great source that’s dependable?
Thank you in advance and I will share my experience/resources as I
progress. I’m determined to make this happen successfully. I’ll
keep you posted. Rebecca.