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.
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:
For this month’s Something Beautiful in Jewellery, I present Artur Dabrowski.
Artur was trained as an architect based in Brooklyn. Through his Shapeways shop and his own website, he has been making some elegant pieces of jewellery using CAD.
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For this month’s Something Beautiful in Jewellery, I present a jeweller and fashion accessory designer Kali Ratcliffe, and her new brand ELIXIR.
Embossed leather hat, made with Rhino and a CNC milled mould
Kali is a graduate of the Royal College of Art who has studied under several jewellery and silversmithing masters before collaborating with a few London-based fashion labels. What makes her work so interesting is the diversity of approaches she’s willing to take to make the piece she wants, combining resourceful application of Rhino and Zbrush with laser engraving and control over metal and leather to make quite diverse (yet cohesive) forms.
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It’s not easy to find an example of generative jewellery design which has successfully cracked the fashion market. But for this month’s edition of Something Beautiful in Jewellery, we found one. Today, I bring you the work of one John Robertson and his company VerticesEdge.
The Curvaceous collection from VerticesEdge
For this month’s Something Beautiful in Jewellery, I present the bold and elegant work of Primal Crafts.
Primal Crafts is the creation of Danish designer and one-man-show Kristoffer Rønn-Andersen from Copenhagen. With a taste for Nordic tribal tattoos and ancient weaponry, and a flair for Scandinavian modernist design, he has been producing some quite remarkable sculptural forms as 3D printed jewellery through Kristoffer’s store on i.materialise.
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My instalment of Something Beautiful in Jewellery comes from a wonderfully unexpected direction– the world of creative hairdressing!
Multi-award winning hairstylist Lisa Farrall has recently released a series of incredible images for the British Hair Awards from her new Armour Collection. The entire series is her fashion-forward tributes to African culture. Each image is more incredible than the last.
If there ever was a series of body adornment images to inspire you to work harder on both your design development as well as your presentation, this is it!
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Recently, thanks to the Geeks Are Sexy blog, I was introduced to the wonderful work of Juan Hidalgo.
In particular, he has a delicate and tasteful approach to geek wedding jewellery. See for yourself:
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