Since ever – jewelry crafting fiddle with the small and miniature – and the tools the jewelry makers work with adjusted to this type of work . the jewelry crafting also focus on working with metals , in our times mostly with gold and silver , but also different types as cooper , brass, platinum and more which using to create jewelry’s.
Dealing with metals require working with heat and fire – soldering and melting metals are examples to unseparated parts from the process of jewelry creating , since always.
Its common and right to think and to say that most of the actions carried out those days by jewelers at the time creating the jewelry is the same actions carried by the historical jewelers , and beyond minor changes and developments the nature of work is the same. jewelry crafting is stand still for more than thousands of years.
But lately in the recent times the jewelry crafting world had major turn , and everything changed.
Fresh and elementary innovation – drifting almost immediately all the jewelry industry and also great part from the artisanal jewelry crafting world.
This new turn came up when humanity begin entering to the 3D printing and 3D design with virtual material.
And in detail: before about 50 years the seeds of new technology started to root , and for the next few decades humanity about to be carried away into it.
This new technology enabled to design 3D elements on computer software , and later to print them on printer that instead of printing with ink on the paper printing plastic or different material on board, and creating that way 3D printed elements.
This technology changed many areas on the industrial world, you might say A revolution , the-“3D revolution”.
Fields like medical, construction, farming, food, industrial design, aeronautics and countless more fields was effected directly by this new fresh technology , and in return those areas got strong wind carried them to massive change.
Back to jewelry – also the jewelry world got his fair part from this revo. with the option for mathematical precision and going inside details so deeply – even more then the human eye can see -this world turn to relay mostly on this technology.
Believe it or not – but today around 95% of the jewelry manufacturing (for the primary model) is done by 3D printing .
So, how its happens?
-First , the jewelry is design with “virtual material”:
A bunch of computer software’s make it possible to design the jewelry with a great level of precision and matching true with the design , in a way the human hand could never achieve.
Another leverage exist in the case of dealing with virtual material is the material “forgiveness” , working with precious materials can be costly if making mistakes, but with the 3D design we can always comeback and to fix the problem.
After finishing the design on the software , the file is sealed and send to 3D print. Today technology enable to print the 3D model directly on metal , but this type of technology is still very young, and the common way will be to print the 3D model in wax and later to cast to metal and make from it piece of jewelry.
Yei or Ney?
In the same way every new technology coming into our lives , also the 3D printing jewelry has its own objections.
Meny talented and senior jewelers had protest about the using with the new technology for creating jewelry.
“the machine is the one to create the jewel not the human” , and -“implementation of this technology will make the hand-craft value to disappear” are sayings one can still cross around those days.
But are those arguments are correct? In my opinion – not exactly.
The role of the jeweler is to crate jewelry’s , and for achieving this he must know and hold set of tools and techniques to assist him on doing the job.
Design and creating jewelry on the modern 3D printing way is another tool and option in the jewelry crafting world, it’s very strong tool indeed, but for knowing it properly its need to come along with the different skills one whom want to create jewelry must have: controlling and knowing the metals, working with heat and fire, and physical dealing with the matter , those parts are unseparated and elementary tools each jeweler must have. Ignoring this and trying to commit only to the virtual matter can cause a lot of difficulties which can stock the work flow and the activity of the jeweler.
We are living at the middle of historical revolution that has changed and still changing the face of the world we know, including the jewelry design and create worlds getting the new fresh faces ,after thousands of years of waiting.
Its definitely exciting and interesting times , and the range of opportunities change and develop very quickly.
Hope you to enjoy.