Earlier in my career I spent 5 years training as an apprentice gold-smith. I had to design and manufacture jewellery and worked on all the various stages of production from design and CAD to smelting metal, creating alloys, sculpting various non-ferrous metals as well as photographing the final product / design. I have a solid understanding of the jewelry trade and industry.
JOB TYPE: Freelance work
The design above was created using Photoshop, Coral Draw and a Wacom tablet. It was based on a photograph reference from Polart Jewelers, from which the piece was made.The owner of the company requested this design to be framed and exhibited in his studio as artwork.
PROPOSAL: This image is based on a ring consisting of tanzanites with white gold. The design was created to have a traditional look and feel, simulating water colours and ink. Prior work for Polart Jewelers involved touch-ups in photoshop of manufactured designs to put on their website.
The rendering of this piece was considered research and development on my behalf. The aim was to test new software packages and learn the properties of materials within the program as well as construction techniques in an attempt to improve the visual representation of future renderings through computer aided design.
Furthermore, the outcome of this job was to determine what kind of tolerance the 3D printers had and the detail that the machines could print with.
During my apprenticeship I entered a competition at Galaxy and Co. The brief was to create a conceptual piece to put on auction. This ring was a bold and unusual approach to their standard designs and I enjoyed creating it. The render depicts diamonds flush set in 18ct. yellow and white gold. The detail is a filigree pattern cut straight through the band.
PROPERTIES: This design was purely conceptual and designed with Rhinosceros 3D and touched up with Photoshop and Lightroom.
JOB TYPE: Freelance
This design was created using Rhinosceros 3DTM and was 3D-printed.
PROPERTIES: This ring was designed with Rhinosceros 3D and touched up with Photoshop and Lightroom. The stone used was a 1 ct. diamond and was set into an 18 ct. white gold ring.
Pendant and earring matching set.
The earrings and pendant have been channel set with London topaz and a four claw setting was made for the central brilliant cut stones. The set is made of 9 ct. white gold and the pendant is hung on a wheat chain.
POST WORK: The set was composited in photoshop and Lightroom in order to glamorize the jewellery piece.
The rendering of this piece was done as research and development.
I intended the final 3D design to be cast in two different metals: shakudo (the black squares) and 18 ct. yellow gold as seen on the inside sleeve and yellow squares on the outside surface. The men’s ring would be fitted like a jigsaw puzzle and soldered together once complete. There would be minimal waste during this process as the ring would be constructed from seamlessly fitting individual components.
Once again, rendering of this piece was considered research and development. The aim was to test new software packages and learn the properties of materials and construction techniques in an attempt to improve the visual representation of future renderings through computer aided design.
PROPERTIES: I intended the final 3D design to be cast from 18 ct. white gold and set with a kyanite brilliant cut stone. The compositing of this ring was done in Photoshop, Lightroom and After Effects.