Technology in Jewellery Making – The Bench

Technology in Jewellery Making – The Bench

In the evolving world of jewellery making, jewellers are using technology more and more to create new unique pieces that push boundaries of creativity. From design to final production, technology has challenged the traditional way we can make jewellery. In this article, we explore some of the innovative technologies that are shaping the future of jewellery design and production.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Software

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) has become a hugely popular tool for modern jewellery designers. This software enables designers to create detailed 3D models of their jewellery designs. CAD allows for precise measurements, intricate detailing, and the ability to visualise the final piece before it has been made. This does not only speed up the design process, but also offers a level of precision and complexity into designs that was not possible without the use of CAD.

3D Printing

What was once a futuristic concept, 3D printing has become a game-changer in the jewellery industry. 3D printing allows designers to transform their digital designs into prototypes quickly and accurately using various materials including precious metal. This technology means jewellers can produce highly intricate and customisable pieces that would be challenging or impossible to achieve through traditional casting methods. 3D printing also minimises material waste, making it an environmentally friendly option for jewellery production.

Laser Cutting and Engraving

Laser technology has significantly improved the precision and efficiency of cutting and engraving processes in jewellery making. This technology is particularly useful for intricate designs and detailing on various materials, including precious metal. Laser engraving adds a personalised touch to jewellery pieces, enabling jewellers to include intricate details or initials into their design adding a level of customisation.  

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR)

AR and VR technologies are transforming the way customers experience jewellery. Jewellery designers are using AR to provide customers with virtual try-on experiences, allowing them to visualise how a piece will look on them before making a purchase. VR, on the other hand, means customers can get an immersive experience from designers in a virtual environment, enabling them to interact with their jewellery at a scale and level of detail not possible without this technology.

As technology continues to advance, jewellery making is taking more steps forward in offering new possibilities for creativity.  CAD, 3D printing, laser technology and AR have not only developed the precision and intricacy of designs but has also enhanced the overall customer experience. The examples mentioned in this article prove that the future of jewellery making is exciting, with technology giving jewellery makers opportunities that would not be possible without it.

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Author: Sian Brown
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Sian Brown

Sian has been hand making her award winning jewellery in the West Midlands for over 12 years. Sian spent 10 years in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter before relocating to a quiet Worcestershire village.