Making your own jewelry can be a cost effective way to give that special someone a one of a kind gift that saves you money. Anyone can make jewelry as long as they have some basic skills and imagination. Buying precious metals and gemstones by themselves is cheaper than purchasing a finished product. Every piece of jewelry in a retail store brings a manufacturing cost with it, whether it is paying one designer or a company that produces volume jewelry. The short answer is making your own jewelry can save money. The longer answer is that it can be more expensive than just going into a store and buying that perfect gift.
Hidden Costs of Making Your Own Jewelry The three elements to the cost of a piece of jewelry are the cost of the metals and gems used, cost of the equipment needed, and labor costs. First, the cost of the gems and metals can be higher for a small purchase than for a bulk buyer or large jewelry maker. Making one piece of jewelry means you will pay a higher price for the raw materials. Making a few pieces still means a higher cost of the materials verses a larger business. Equipment cost is minimal for the small designer as tools for making jewelry can be purchased at a minimal cost.
Of course, the small business person or just the home designer will not have the expensive automated equipment that can churn out a high volume of product. Using hand tools makes each piece, a small designer makes, unique. Many people buying jewelry look for something that is “one of a kind” and will gladly pay more for the purchase. Labor cost is the one part of the equation most people underestimate. Your time has value. The value of your time is something you alone can determine. Large operations can churn out high quantities of product daily so labor cost is low. A single designer, using hand tools, can only make a fixed number of items in a day. His labor cost per item will be higher. Even the home designer needs to figure the amount of time spent designing an item to get an accurate value for his product. As anyone can see, costs of making your own jewelry depends on several factors. Value is determined by the market. Value of self made jewelry is determined by the way a person cherishes the gift you have given them. A person can make their own jewelry and save money.
GIA Urges Return of Diamonds with Doctored Reports
GIA is urging the return of 175 diamonds for re examination due to a recent hacking attack on their data base. The two hackers appear to have operated between November of 2014 and October 2015. GIA is offering a no cost re-confirmation of any reports issued during this period of time. Again it demonstrates GIA commitment to the integrity of the diamond market. The article in the National Jeweler is a poignant reminder of the issues facing the system in the electronic age. December 01, 2015 Carlsbad, Calif.–Only 175 of the 1,042 diamonds with a grading report that was invalidated after two individuals hacked into Gemological Institute of America’s grading information database earlier this year have been returned to the lab for reexamination. To address the trade’s concerns and to emphasize the importance of all the diamonds and their reports being returned, the GIA announced last week that it is offering a no-cost confirmation service for any diamond grading report that was issued by the lab between November 2014 and October 2015. Read More…
Romancing the Source: Montana Sapphires
Romancing the Source: Montana Sapphires Montana sapphires are making their mark in the gemstone industry , although these wonderful sapphires have been mined in the area since the 1800’s they had not been a big influence in the markets. They have in recent years been growing a clientele through the internet. Three main areas are the source for these spectacular stones. near Helena along the Missouri River, in the Sapphire Mountains at Rock Creek, and near Deer Lodge at Dry Cottonwood. There are a few other areas but the main concentration of sapphires in the state are in these three places. Sapphires are highly valued in the jewelry industry and designers are always looking for new sources and colors to use in their designs. Rough Montana Sapphire Montana’s rich history of gold and sapphire goes back to the late 1800s. A GIA field team traveled to the Rock Creek and Missouri River areas, where sapphire mining is still underway, to document the current industry and collect rough sapphire samples for our research reference sample collection. During our time in Montana we visited three mining operations, each with its own business model and its own exciting story. They all shared some common traits, however: amazing natural beauty and a passion for both the area and sapphires. Join us on this adventure and learn about the legacy of North American gemstones as we travel by speedboat with a mine owner down the Missouri River, witnessing historical mining sites and current operations. Then visit their mine (Spokane Bar Mine) with us, where we document the entire mining process, and feel the thrill at the end of the day when we pull rough sapphires right out of the jig. The Spokane Bar Mine usually mines for tourists, but on this day we had the entire mine to ourselves to collect samples for the GIA reference collection. READ MORE…
Gem Market Pulse – March 2016 The Jewelry Industry Summit
Gem Market Pulse – March 2016 Gem markets continue to be volatile in many areas, the financing industry that supports the gem and jewelry industries are moving from the sector more and more. The challenges that the gem traders face are numerous and fluid. This article accents these issues facing the markets such as fair trade and new resources for bringing new goods to market. The newly offered deep rich purple garnets from exotic locations like Mozambique, Malawi, and Tanzania came around during the recent Tucson gem show. The prices were good and the quality was awesome from all I have read and heard. Amateur jewelry designers would be well served to pay attention to new colors and sources for quality colored stones, they often have a buzz attached to them and can be sold much quicker when mounted in a unique setting. Another attraction is that the value can rise quickly and popularity can soar, this all adds to the buzz that a designer can transfer to their new designs following trendy gem sales. The Jewelry Industry Summit The goal is to reach consensus on a shared vision for responsible sourcing that works for all sectors of the industry – while meeting consumer demand for ethical products…featured gem Purple Garnet The gem and jewelry business has a large, multifaceted structure that functions at different levels often without any communications between participants from the various sectors. These sectors include but are not limited to mining, cutting, jewelry manufacturing, wholesale and retail. They can operate quite differently between diamond and colored stones industries. Both the colored stone and diamond sectors are dependent on a direct relationship with investors and banks and yet traditional lenders having been moving away from the gem and jewelry trade to develop business in other industries. Additional influential factors affecting the gem trade are government bodies, consumer rights groups and NGO’s. An industry wide meeting of representatives from all sectors of the gem and jewelry trade to address the increasing number of issues that currently facing the gem trade is overdue. Fortunately, a group of gem and jewelry professionals has taken the initiative to facilitate just such a meeting. READ MORE… Look for more free resources at Jewelry Designers Resource Center We are proudly affiliated with The Jewelers resource Bureau…
Jadeite jewellery set fetches US$3.33m at HK auction
Spectacular Icy Jade Jewelrytops auction sale A pair beautiful jadeite earrings with diamonds and designed by jewellery designer Alessio Boschi recently was sold at auction for $3.33 million dollars in a Hong Kong auction. These are exquisite in quality of gem and quality of design. December 6 auction, Tiancheng International said that a telephone bidder bought the earrings. And that also sold was a jadeite and diamond pendant with a ‘Bamboo’ motif. Natural unheated Burmese Mogok ruby and diamond pendant earrings were among the other items in this auction held December 6 2015. The entire auction saw $245,000,000HKD in total sales. Other top pieces in the event were Icy Jadeite bangle bracelets and icy lavender jadeite and diamond pendant known as Laughing Buddha, and a Jadeite and Diamond double stranded necklace. That accounts for only a few of the pieces that drew attention during the auction by Tiancheng International A set of jadeite and icy jadeite earrings, rings and pendant accented with diamonds by jewellery designer Alessio Boschi was the top performer at Tiancheng International’s Jewellery and Jadeite Autumn Auction in Hong Kong. The jewellery set generated HK$26 million (US$3.33 million), well within pre-sale estimates. It was sold to a phone bidder during the December 6 auction, Tiancheng International said in a press release. Other star lots were a pair of icy jadeite bangles and a 10.22-carat natural unheated Burmese Mogok ‘Pigeon’s Blood’ ruby and diamond ring, which both sold for HK$21.24 million (US$2.72 million); an icy lavender jadeite and diamond pendant nicknamed ‘Laughing Buddha,’ which fetched HK$18.29 million (US$2.34 million); and a double-stranded jadeite and diamond necklace, which was snapped up for HK$17.7 million (US$2.26 million). READ MORE…
List of jewelry tools
Jewelry tools for novice and professional alike should be top quality Here is a list of jewelry tools and we ask that you help us to grow this list and the information about each of these jewelry tools. Feel free to contact us to add to this list… Shaping Pliers Parallel Jaw Pliers Cutting Pliers Jump Ring Pliers Prong Setting Pliers Planishing Hammers Chasing Hammers Rawhide Hammers Brass Hammers Wooden Mallets Chasing and Repose` Tools Pitch Bowls Jewelry Saw Blades Jewelry Saw Frames Stone Tweezers Soldiering EquipmentWax Tools Beading Tools Stamping Clamps Ring Mandrels Bracelet Mandrels Engraving Flex Drills Hand Drills Hand Polishing Equipment Power Polishing Jewelry Tumbling Machinery Centrifugal Casting Equipment Vacuum Casting Equipment Hand Casting Equipment Alcohol Lamps Blow Pipes Gold Testing Kits Touch Stones Diamond Testers Gold Testers Crucibles Carbon Blocks Ceramic Soldiering Blocks Jewelry Files Burnishing Tools Jewelry Production Tools Jewelry Machinery Pin Vise Dapping Tools Benzine TorchGemstone Saws Lapidary Equipment Rolling Mills Draw Plates Drawing Bench Jewelers Bench Moh’s Hardness Testers Jewelers Loop Diamond Lights Microscopes Magnifying Lamps Light Tables Jewelry Designing Software Rings Sizing Set Jewelry Torches
Jewelry tool suppliers
Jewelry Tool Suppliers The list below represents jewelry operations that I have personally used without problems. There are hundreds of credible operations and vendors throughout the world. Individual jewelry tool companies are also too numerous to list. This list will give you a place to start your journey knowing that the businesses you are dealing with are fair and honest. Gesswein 201 Hancock Avenue P.O. Box 3998 Bridgeport, Connecticut 06605-0936 U.S.A. 1-203-366-5400 Fax: 1-203-366-3953 Website: email: Otto Frei 126 2nd St, Oakland CA 94607, USA 1.510.832.0355 1.800.772.3456 Website: email: Zak Jewelry Tools 55 West 47th Street 2nd floor New York, New York 10036 1-800-369-6424 1-212-768-8122 1-212-764-7847 Website: email: Stuller Jewelry Tools 302 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette, LA 70508 Website: Rio Grande Jewelry Tools 7500 Bluewater Rd NW Albuquerque, NM 87121 USA 1.800.545.6566 Website: Jewelry Tools 1521 West 2550 South, Ogden, UT 84401 Website: email: 1-866-453-6147 World Jewelry Tool Company 119, BIS Building 1st Floor Maheasak Road, BanRak Bangkok, 10500 Thailand +66-2-635-9998 Website: email Teck Thai Group Website: email: +66-2-226-0055
‘Crimson Flame’ ruby sets world record at Christie’s HK auction
‘Crimson Flame’ ruby sets world record at Christie’s HK auction Jewellery News Asia is a premiere publication that puts you inside the pulse of the Jewellery trends in Asia and the world. A great resource for jewellery designers and gem professionals, it has concise articles and timely information for design trends, shows, new colors and so much more. In my opinion well worth the subscription expense. Far more information about the jewellery industry than can be covered in this simple post. I find it thoroughly satisfying to read and do research with for my designing work. Some other online resources that is well worth looking into is the Jewelers Resource Bureau with many great articles some dealing with personal safety for jewelers and those in the gem and jewelry industry. Help with shipping and insurance issues around the world. Jewellery News Asia 02/12/2015 Crimson Flame Ruby An exceptional ruby and diamond ring set a world record at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Hong Kong when it sold for HK$142 million (US$18 million), beating pre-sale estimates. The ‘Crimson Flame,’ a rare 15.04-carat cushion-shaped Burmese ruby, fetched a record-setting per carat price of US$1.2 million, according to the auction house. Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction realised HK$747,894,000 (US$96,904,062), selling 80 percent by lot and 83 percent by value. Vickie Sek, deputy chairman for Asia and director of Christie’s Asia Jewellery Department, commented, “It’s the year of the ruby at Christie’s Hong Kong. Totalling US$97 million, this auction brings our overall Hong Kong jewellery sales to US$215 million, the highest annual result ever achieved for this category in Asia.” READ MORE…
Gems in the rough
Rough or uncut gemstones Gemstones are sometimes uncut or polished in the creation of custom designed jewelry
Gemological Laboratories American Gemological Laboratories Founded in 1977, and located in the heart of New York’s gem and jewelry district, American Gemological Laboratories (AGL) is an international gemstone testing facility specializing in comprehensive colored gemstone analysis. International Gemological Laboratories IGL Laboratories are respected diamond grading laboratory. We have pioneered the development of the first scientific system used to evaluate how well a diamond has been cut. A diamond’s cut is the most important C of all of the four C’s. EGL Each EGL USA Gemological Report provides a clear, concise view of your stone. So, it’s more than an exceptional document. GIA Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry.
Diamond Fun Facts
Diamond Fun Facts GIA (Gemological Institute of America) was establish as a non profit resource for gemology in 1931. They are the leading diamond authority in the world. Below is a clip from a very well written article on diamond facts. Did You Know? Diamonds can be burned. To burn a diamond, it must be heated to between 1290 Diamonds were used to engrave gemstones in India by 300 BCE. 1290-1650 degrees Fahrenheit. House fires and jewelers’ torches can sometimes reach that temperature. D-to-Z color diamonds are the most widely used in jewelry, but diamonds come in all colors of the rainbow. For natural colored diamonds, blue, green, orange and red are the rarest; yellow and brown are the most common. READ MORE.
The Lapidary arts
Lapidary Gem cutting and polishing is also known as lapidary it can be done with minimal equipment however very elaborate equipment is available. Most novice lapidary enthusiasts can get along with basic gear. This is enough for high quality results in the faceting and polishing of gems. Tumbling is the most basic form of the lapidary arts, stones are placed in a cylinder with abrasives, these abrasives are replaced with finer and finer grits until the degree of polish sheen is achieved. Cabbing or Cabachons Cabbing or Cutting cabochons is probably the most common form of gem lapidary work. These cabs often have a retail value Cabs are gems with a domed top and a flat bottom. The retail value will depend on the material the cab is cut from. Many gems are cut and then mounted in precious metals for fine jewelry. Learning how to cab a stone requires investment in specialized tools and equipment. The skill one achieves depends on training and time invested in practicing the art form.
LVMH invests in Repossi Brand Jewelry
The Italian luxury Jewelry Brand Repossi has a new investor in the LVMH who has also acquired the Bulgari Brand, and owns a number of other luxury brands. The Repossi brand has only two stores one in Paris and one in Monte Carlo. This new move is designed to develop distribution worldwide. The brand is available in 90 retailers around the world. This seems to be an effort to expand throughout the jewelry retail world. The jewelry industry is tightly intertwined with the fashion trends and this move will be a big boost to the brand name Repossi… “The LVMH Group announced Monday that it will take a minority stake in luxury jewelry brand Repossi. The Italian company is led by Artistic and Creative Director Gaia Repossi, who took the lead at the company her great grandfather founded in 2007, at only 21 years old.” Under the direction of her father, Alberto Repossi, the brand opened its only two stores so far in Monte Carlo in 1977 and Paris in 1985. The line is available at about 90 retailers worldwide, including Barneys and Opening Ceremony in the U.S. The size of the investment was not disclosed” Read More…
Gemstone Industry in Nigeria
Gemstone industry in Nigeria In recent times the hap hazard approach to gemstone sourcing in Nigeria has began to organized and mechanized mining is now beginning to take hold and the market is responding well to this change. Nigeria has become a major gemstone supplier in the past few decades. Now with the markets opening up to this source of colored gem industry is getting government support and organizing assistance. Tourmaline, Spessartite, Rubellite, Mambilla Sapphire, and even Emerald are all finding their way into the jewelry markets in Thailand for processing and manufacturing. “Gemstone exports from Nigeria have always been somewhat poorly organized, and mainly of rough stones. Recently, however, there has been an attempt to improve mining capacity, to make exporting less cumbersome and transparent, and to encourage value addition for the country’s rough gemstones. These are the steps that a World Bank-assisted project has proposed.” Read More… The gemstones coming out of Nigeria are of high quality and are examples of how an emerging market can make real contributions to the worlds gemstone industry. We are looking forward to seeing more from this relatively new contributor to the worlds gemstone and jewelry industry…
Large Rough Pink Diamond
A 23.16ct rough pink diamond has been uncovered in Tanzania, one of many large rough diamonds found there recently.by Petra Diamonds. This is one of a series of incredible finds in recent months. The color of this rough is wonderful and it should cut into a spectacular finished piece. Tanzania has produced other large rough one is the second largest rough diamond ever discovered at 1111ct. More is expected to be produced from the region with many large pieces coming from the region in recent months, with some over 300cts. National Jeweler articles are a good source of news for diamond enthusiasts. I would love to see the finished pieces after cutting.. London–The large diamond finds continue, with mining company Petra Diamonds Ltd. recovering a 23.16-carat pink and Lucara coming up big again with two more exceptional stones. The pink diamond, which Petra said has “exceptional color and clarity,” is the company’s most significant recovery to date from its Williamson mine, which is located in Tanzania. Petra said it will offer it for sale by appointment in Antwerp as part of its December tender. Read More…
Seeking the Legacy of Australian Sapphire
Seeking the Legacy of Australian Sapphire Australian sapphire is little known in most markets because of the relationship the Australian mines have with the Thailand gemstone trade. Australia is a major supplier of Basalt hosted Sapphires and has large deposits being worked since the mid 1800’s and early 1900’s. The markets have had little knowledge of the existence of these Australian mining operations because they were often sold as being sourced from other areas such as Cambodia. These source of high grade sapphire in Australia and the relationship with Thailand’s gem industry have had a direct affect of the current markets in the gem and jewelry trades. Large amounts of these stones are cut and sold from Thailand and they often end up in Russia’s fine jewelry markets. Australian sapphire has more iron content than those from places like Myanmar, which is the reason for its rich deep blue color. The Australian sapphire mining operations were never mechanized until the 1960’s and 70’s so they had limited supply’s of rough stone coming out of the mines. Many operations are of alluvial nature and surface mined. It seems that no one is yet mining the main source of these alluvial stones at there volcanic source. The moment I held that stone up to the sun and saw a deep vibrant royal blue color throughout the sapphire…I knew I was hooked. —Peter Brown, Sapphire Miner and Mine-to-Market Entrepreneur Author:Tao Hsu, Andrew Lucas, and Vincent Pardieu Sapphire was discovered in Australia during the 1850s gold rushes and 1870s tin mining. One of the earliest written records is from 1851, when sapphire was found in New South Wales. Though the long history of sapphire mining and commercial production spans at least the past half century, Australian sapphire has not received the recognition it warrants from either the global gem and jewelry industry or the consumer market. The top-quality Australian stones were sold as being from other sources, such as “Pailin” from Cambodia. Australia’s sizable commercial-quality sapphire production and its contribution to the rest of the world, especially the current corundum trading center of Thailand, are under-recognized. The trade between the Aussies and the Thais led to the global sapphire industry’s current dynamics. To enrich GIA’s global corundum research and learn the full story of the Australian sapphire industry, the Institute sent a group of field gemologists to explore the most important sapphire gem fields in eastern Australia. The group was led by GIA senior field gemology manager Vincent Pardieu and composed of field gemologist Andrew Lucas, Gems & Gemology technical editor Tao Hsu, assistant field gemologist Victoria Raynaud, and field cameramen Didier Gruel and Didier Barriere Doleac. The Institute’s field gemologists have covered all important sapphire fields in Australia—earlier this year another team led by Vincent Pardieu visited Tasmania’s sapphire fields. READ MORE… Jewelry Designers Resource Center is a proud affiliate of The Jewelers Resource Bureau
Top Gems of 2015
Top Gems of 2015 The Fashion and Jewellery industries are linked at the hip one is dependent on the other in an equal symbiosis of trends in color texture as they evolve. This past year has seen four gems stand out in the fashion designing world. They come in varied vivid colors which compliment and contrast the latest fashion designs as accents in jewellery. Some are surprising new names that have come into their own as accepted and recommended by designers. Sapphire is a surprisingly durable gemstone seen in fashion design circles and jewelry shows around the world. A surprising top performer in Morganite as it surged in sales in 2015 from industry sources, it did not out perform the near perennial blue sapphire. But was the most advanced contender for attention in the design and fashion world this year according to a number of retail and wholesale jewelers. Fashion and design trends also can help bring a gemstone back in vogue as popular shades and hues trickle down to the fine jewelry market, and it’s interesting once a new year gets going to notice what’s popping up again and again, whether that be loose or in finished jewelry. I love watching to see which gems I notice throughout the year are really having their time in the spotlight and how market trends pull certain stones and shades to the forefront. After a year of attending shows, press previews and looking at a lot of new jewelry, here are the gems that I thought were hottest in 2015. READ MORE…
Children’s the new jewellery category
Chrysalis targets new jewellery category Children’s jewellery is a growing market with designers and producers alike. The possibilities within this niche market are expansive and exciting. The ever changing environment of children’s jewellery design is dynamic and challenging. But when a children’s design or style catches on with the children hold on because rocketing sales booms and busts are coming. Because just like all other jewellery customers they are fickle and sometimes have short attention spans. This means that the child market is extremely challenging and wrought with pitfalls. But if you get in for the long run and stay abreast with the trends then it can be a very successful market for those with the vision needed. Posted November 30, 2015 | By Stephanie Chan | Journalist The local distributor for Chrysalis has announced the launch date of the UK jewellery brand’s first children’s collection, which could open up a new market for Australian retailers. Chrysalis, which specialises in stackable charm bangles, will launch the new range of children’s jewellery known as the Wishes collection next year. Designed by Willow Maine, the eight-year-old daughter of Chrysalis’ two co-founders, David and Andrea Maine, it was said to have been inspired by “Willow’s favourite things”. The new line features 12 colourful enamelled bangles and necklaces that target a younger demographic by incorporating childhood motifs, such as cupcakes, princesses, mermaids and ice cream. The in-store marketing material also features children’s themes; for example, one of the jewellery displays offered is shaped like a teddy bear. READ MORE…
What are recycled diamonds
Diamond recycling is a growing industry, also called re purposed diamonds, they are basically a cut and polished gem that has been used in jewelry then recovered and remounted for commercial sale. With the decline of control of the diamond market by DeBeers. Recycling of these precious gems is growing, another factor is the price of diamonds has been rising of late. The market for re purposed diamonds is estimated by some to be almost $1 trillion dollars and growing. One of the big players in diamond recycling is WP Diamonds in the United Kingdom. One of the main factors in this markets growth is the cost of extracting fresh diamonds from the earth is increasing. Diamond recycling has been happening more often lately, but what does it actually mean? As a mined diamond will last forever why not introduce it back into the market? This is exactly what diamond recycling is. Recycling a diamond is becoming more popular as it can drive down the overall cost of the jewellery item. The diamond has already been cut, polished and ready for setting. Read More
Thailand’s gemstone manufacturers look to China for growth
Thailand’s gemstone manufacturers look to China for growth There have been many big changes in the Thai gem markets in the last decade. At one time the majority of the worlds commercial colored gemstones where processed in Thailand, but since the economic turmoil of the early part of this century the cutting business is forever changed. It has become leaner but more competitive in the recent past. A new rising star in innovation is entering the Chinese market exhibited by companies like Gemburi Co. Ltd. I had a personal experience with this company in September 2015 when i was attending the bi annual Bangkok Gem and Jewelry Show. I found Gemburi to be offering quality stones at competitive prices with a good variety of colored stones. The experience was very positive overall and I would do business with them again, The blue sapphires I purchased became a very nice pair of dangling earrings in 14k white gold with 10pt white diamond accents. 19/05/2015 By Olivia Quiniquini Gemburi Co Ltd’s booth at the 55th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair Gemstones are a star performer in Thailand’s industry repertoire, with the country building a formidable reputation over the years as a reputable producer of coloured stones. Last year, it exported $917.18 million worth of gemstones, an increase of 21.16 percent over 2013’s $757.02 million. And while the country is particularly famed for its expertise in corundum, its manufacturers have exhibited equal prowess with other coloured stones. This year, Thailand’s gemstone dealers are banking on China’s voracious appetite for gemstones to keep coffers full. Companies interviewed at the 55th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair in the Thai capital from February 24 to 28 and the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show from March 2 to 6 reaffirmed that China would play an important role in their business strategies this year, despite acknowledging a slowdown in the market since late 2014. READ MORE… JDRC.US is an official affiliate of Jewelers Resource Bureau
Northwestern University jewelry design contest
Northwestern University’s FUSE program on Jewelry Design Local Jewelry Designer Creates FUSE Challenge The FUSE program at Northwestern University has touch thousands and local jewelry designer Christopher Duquet has offered a design contest to students which has become successful and is getting more and more attention. Offering jewelry design help to students that have never been interested in jewelry design prior to this incredible program. Students are finding that they can design things they never thought they would be able to do in the past. Using state of the art 3d software to print out the designs and even wear them home has sparked tremendous interest. The winner of the design contest will have their design cast in sterling silver EVANSTON, Ill. — Like many teenagers, Isabel Pietri loves wearing jewelry. But designing her own pieces? The idea had never crossed her mind. Then Pietri won a chance to work with Evanston jewelry designer Christopher Duquet through Northwestern University’s FUSE program, a series of challenges designed to get students excited about science, technology, engineering, arts/design and mathematics (STEAM). For Pietri, now a sophomore at Kelvyn Park High School in Chicago, the experience changed the way she thought about math and science and sparked a newfound interest in computer-based art. “At first my ideas were really simple, but after talking with Christopher they got better,” Pietri said in a newly released video that showcases her collaboration with Duquet. “I had no idea I could do something so technical and complicated.”Read more…
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