The following letter was sent in reply to my college co-ordinator.
She asked me why should the school or our class have the need in
teaching the students the use of CAD. She knew that Cad is not new,
but why is it needed in our classes?..the following was my reply.
"Cad is extremely important. The designer must, and has to to know
the basics of stone setting. This is important prior to any form of
construction. I’ve seen too many pieces just ruined because the Cad
fellow/woman had no idea of any setting techniques. Cad designer must
know the need for spacing of stones, depth of the metal prior to
setting. The thickness of the claws. How are the stones going to fit
into the item. Thickness of the metal for Channel Setting. The
placement of “Princess”-square stones and allocating of those stones
in any new pattern. The list just goes on and on. Therefore CAD is an
now an integral form of designing with stone setting. It is a
symbiotic relationship between these two disciplines. Therefore stone
setting is so terribly needed in this new phase in the manufacturing
Have I explained this fully? I rest my case".