In the jewelry industry, tradition is strong. Things are done in a certain way and that is just how it is. In the minds of practicing jewelers, the right way of doing things is always equivalent to the traditional way of doing things. That is how most jewelers perceive the methods and practices of making jewelry.
In reality, technology has always played a part of the jewelry business. Technology is involved in refining the metals used in jewelry, technology is involved in cutting in the precious stones, and technology is involved in the finding and mining of jewels and metals used in making jewelry. Each advance in technology has added to the quality and availability of jewelry and has been an intrinsic part of bringing us to the point where we are today where fantastic unique jewelry is achievable and affordable to a great many people.
Traditionalists tend to be blind to this interaction between the jeweler and technology because sometimes there are long periods of time, even generations, between breakthroughs in jewelry technology. Today, jewelers who have been in the jewelry business for over 10 years have been in the middle of a revolutionary change in the process of making jewelry. The revolutionary change has been in the use of computers in jewelry design and manufacture.
Jewelry Design Software
About 12 years ago, I realized the potential of jewelry design software and committed myself to learning this new technology. I purchased the leading CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Modeling) software and a 4-axis CNC mill and began an in-depth study of how to use them in my jewelry design process. Why did I go through all this trouble after having all the traditional skills required to design jewelry? The promise that this technologies had was that it made the process of creating custom jewelry designs quicker, less costly in materials, and therefore more affordable to more people. I envisioned myself begin able to bring custom jewelry design to more people at an affordable price.
Matrix is the state of the art jewelry modeling and design software on the market today and is what I use to create unique truly-custom jewelry designs. If you want to get an idea of some of the more sophisticated aspects of using Matrix, you can take a look at this took on the Gemvision website.
Key Benefits Of Jewelry Design Software
Unlimited creativity is on of the major benefits of using CAD software in the jewelry design process. Design software makes simple designs easy and complex designs possible. There is no need to do hundreds of hand sketches to get an idea of what you want to create. The process involved in creating on the computer is fluid and changes along with your ideas and refinements.
You can stop in different stages of the design process to render the design into a beautiful photo-realistic image of the jewelry you are designing. What this does is it gives you an unbelievable amount of precision between what you envision and design in the software to the final produced piece of jewelry. You can see some of these renders yourself if you look at some of the jewelry categories on the right. Many of the images in our blog posts are renders of the jewelry that we designed and made for customers. As you can see, it is hard to tell the difference.
Reduced Design Time Cost
We are all cost conscious. Imagine working with a paper and pencil sketch artist to draw you ideas over and over, then add up the cost. Now imaging working with an expert CAD jewelry designer enhancing your ideas live until you are satisfied that you have hit the mark. Designing jewelry with CAD software is a hands down winner and that translates into significant cost savings for you.
CAD Design Is The Current Best Practice
Using jewelry design software allows me to create stunning custom jewelry for people in Pinellas County and around the Tampa Bay area. The CAD software jewelry design revolution is ongoing and in a matter of 5 to 10 years it will be pervasive in our industry. That is how exciting it is to use this technology in the jewelry design process. If you are a traditionalist, you will go to a jeweler with a sketch pad and colored pencil, if you want to current best practices available today, you will go to a jewelery who uses the state of the art CAD/CAM jewelry design software to create your unique jewelry design.