Our Best Jewellery Books List Has Just Been Expanded

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Our Best Jewellery Books purchasing guide has been just greatly expanded with dozens of new recommendations for nearly every category. We’ve even had to add three more categories. Have a look.

Thank you to the brilliant teaching staff at the British Academy of Jewellery for dozens of recommendations on jewellery books for practical, theoretical, and inspirational use.

Boltenstern Launches a 3D Printed Gold and Platinum Jewellery Collection

As I’ve said before, it was only a matter of time before someone tried it with the tools as they are now. Now Austrian jeweller Boltenstern has collaborated with Cooksons to develop and release the first platinum and gold 3D printed jewellery collection, called Embrace.

The Bracelet design from the new 3D printed platinum “Embrace” collection.

More images from the collection after the break.

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How to Copy Protect Your STL Files

The Makers Muse Youtube channel has recently released a video with some excellent practical advice on how to place copy-protection measures on your .stl files. This is particularly important advice for those who sell their models on online 3D modelling communities. Have a look:

 

6 Luxury Jewellery Brands Which Use Materials and Manufacturing Inventively

Jewellery Focus recently wrote an interesting editorial on how designer jewellery brands are tapping into the zeitgeist by finding weird and wonderful ways to manufacture their jewellery. While it’s hard to say anything that hasn’t already been said about the classic strategy of differentiating a brand by using exotic materials or manufacturing process, Mr. Northcote is absolutely right in pointing out the growing number of designer jewellery brands who are happily stepping into what was once the preserve of the contemporary art jeweller– innovative choices of material and method. CAD/CAM of course is one of these methods, but these innovators borrow techniques from many crafts and industries such as wood working, ceramics, stone cutting, and industrial metal tooling.

Marble and Black Gold Ring by Ioanna Souflia

To add to the short list of makers included in the article (such as Bailey of Sheffield and Vanacci), here are a few of a growing list of premium and luxury brands which create jewellery using both innovative materials and innovative manufacturing processes:

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The Engagement Ring Challenge – Couples Design an Engagement Ring Separately Online, and Compare

As part of James Allen‘s recently launched but absolutely brilliant marketing push for millennial grooms, they teamed up with Buzzfeed to create the Engagement Ring Challenge, where both partners separately design an engagement ring using James Allen’s online bespoke design tools, and then compare.

The end results and reactions are cute, and only half predictable:

 

While online ring design tools are now quite commonplace in the market, this is surely one of those ideas that is probably making a lot of jewellery companies say “Now why didn’t I think of that?

As a bonus, after the break I’ve also shared James Allen’s hilarious jewellery advert that’s making the rounds now on Youtube:
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Economist Article – 3D Printers Start to Build Factories of the Future

A shoe sole 3D printed with Digital Light Synthesis (courtesy Reebok)

A few weeks ago the Economist ran a briefing on 3D printing and it’s effects on mass production, alongside an equally good leader article. While it is general in its nature, there are elements in the article about jewellery manufacturing.

Overall, the article both provides a current snapshot of the readily available state of the art in rapid manufacturing, as well as introducing to the general public how current trends in 3D printing are affecting the way commercial and industrial goods are manufactured. They’ve even mentioned in passing a commonly reiterated point about 3D printing’s particular strength in the area of small scale mass production versus using traditional mass production on short product runs.

I’m listing it here as a useful reference for those jewellery CAD/CAM users who may want somewhere to start when communicating to others what the fuss is about with 3D printing.

Economist Article – 3D Printers Start to Build Factories of the Future