Personally I’m not upset about the distinction, for me at the end of
the day it’s about creating jewellery, by any means high tech, low
tech or experimental.
The course I’m currently doing is a trade jewellery manufacture
course. Fine jewellery, but the key word is “manufacture”. The market
for pieces made in such a manner are for everyone.
The designer course, is for designer jewellery, and this jewellery
is definitely not affordable for the masses.
The difficulty I am experiencing is due to my inexperience, a half
way proficient CAD designer would be able to make do Leonid’s
challenge in about an hour (less with more experience), cast an
finished the next day. Also with this is a global body of work in the
form of image libraries, where designing a ring is a matter of cut
and paste. I’m also using a 3D program that is designed for making
blockbuster movies, not for jewellery CAD/CAM. If I was less stubborn
I’d be using the same software as the casting house.
The technology I was looking at the other day will produce an item
with dead straight lines, exact channels, exactly repeated shapes and
perfect curves, to 16 microns accuracy. This is not able to be done
by hand. Added to this 16 microns is the start, the definition will
only get better as the technology improves. There are just some
things that machines can do that we cannot. Consistent, tireless,
perfect accuracy is where machines win. Ask Gary Kasperov.
While I was with the CAD/CAM man at the casting house I watched him
designing a ring, it was absolutely mathematically perfect. If he
didn’t like something, he’d simply change it, no re-working metal.
Was it beautiful, definitely, could that design be done by hand sure.
Were there things that could not be done by hand, yes.
I can see that when I figure out my problems the final ring, it will
will be inhumanly flawless in appearance, it will polish (I’m
assured that it will take a high polish… yet to see this), and it
will take stones. What was confirmed is that the ring will not be
Is there a thing as “too perfect”? I think this is what will happen
with the ring upon completion. I have here in my house two Japanese
swords from WWII, one is a NCO’s sword which is machined, and one is
a 16th century blade with a Naval officers fittings. The NCO’s sword
is perfectly machined, and is beautiful in it’s execution. The
commissioned officers sword is hand forged, and is as perfect as a
hand can make, but in that, the human failings is what gives it
character over the machined sword.
Regards Charles A.