Materials: 14k Rose Gold, Sterling Silver, Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald.
This beauty is a collaborative piece with my friend, Tim Russo. Â Tim approached me back in AugustÂ to help make a ring for his sweetheart, Kate. Â But when we met to discuss the project at my studio, he brought more than just an idea: he showed up with a handful of 3D printed, white plasticÂ prototypes. Â (It turned out that these, in turn,Â were based on some designs of mine that Kate had admiredâ€¦) Â They were AMAZINGLY detailed, and I was instantly excited about the project.Â We kibitzed over possibilities and potential pitfalls, and Tim went back and refined the drawings, and made more prototypes. Â This went on for a little while; then one day Tim showed up with models made in cast-able jewelerâ€™s wax. Â If I had been excited about this project before, at this point I was totally floored. Â They were beautiful.
In the end, only the rose gold part was made from a 3D-printed model. Â I fabricated the sterling silver sleeve from sheetÂ metal, which has my signature roller printed texture.
One of the best parts of being a jeweler is when I get to make a pieceÂ like this for a friend. Â This was such an amazing and fun project. Â It is also hands down the nerdiestÂ thing I have ever made, and I absolutely love it. Â More importantly, KateÂ loves it too. Â (She said yes of course!) Â Needless to say I am very excited to explore more 3D-printing in 2015.
Here are some more images; enjoy!