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Is 3D-printed jewellery the next big bang?

July 23rd, 2014


Is 3D-printed jewellery the next big bang?

Don’t we all love a good look? Adding a classy touch to your personality with custom made pieces of jewellery or translating your own ideas into fabulous jewellery designs is no longer the case of being extra rich. Extra rich in creativity is all you need to be – 3D printing will do the rest. Haven’t got a single clue what we’re on about? Here are some of the earth-shattering, inspirational ideas we collected.

[We are currently running a 3D-printed Jewellery Challenge, test your skills and win amazing prizes.]

Budget bespoke

Getting a professional to design and make you a unique product can be very expensive. 3D-printed objects start off as a digital file, which means you are able to modify and see an item in virtual space before you print it or buy it. Basically, 3D printing technology lets you design and make things on demand, only at a price that doesn’t make your eyes tear up. With the help of 3D printing, looking slick is an easy job.

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Bracelet Constructionist Sleek, MCODE by Maaike van der Horn

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Necklace by SarahAngold Studio

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3D-printed earrings by Jordan Graves

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Necklace by Ineke Otte

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Clips onto garments by Maria Jennifer Carew

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Leaf skeleton pendant necklace by Joaquin Baldwin

When impossible becomes easy

Jewellery designs that were previously impossible to produce due to restrictions of conventional materials or existing technology, are now possible and actually – quite easy to realise. When it comes to 3D-printed jewellery, the new technology is redefining our notion of what is possible. Pushing the boundaries of their imagination, 3D designers are creating what is today considered to be out-of-this-world products, but may look quite ordinary in few years.

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Kinematics, a new jewellery collection by Nervous System that allows you to turn any three-dimensional shape into a flexible structure by way of 3D printing

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A whole new collection of jewellery, including rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces, printed out of colourful nylon by Blueberries

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Over-the-top accessories line based on classical architecture by a jewellery designer Joshua DeMonte

Personal touch

3D printing is kickstarting a new era of personalisation. And that’s great news for the creative types, as they finally get to express themselves in a new, accessible medium. Personalised jewellery is riding a trend wave, so maybe it’s safe to try it now?

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Handwritten necklace by Tripsion

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Human Chromosome Jewellery Collection by LouiseHughes

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Personalised 3D Printed Bracelet by Zazzy.me

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Jweel allows users to design and customise jewellery right on their browser

Special look for a special day

We are all unique human beings. Our needs, desires and ideas are unique, too. So sometimes finding things we truly like is mission impossible. And when it comes to once-in-a-lifetime experiences like engagement parties or weddings, we do want to make sure they’re damn special. 3D printing gives you the possibility to get bespoke products at a reasonable price and in many cases – it allows you to design and print things just the way you want them. Bridezillas are probably fainting of joy…

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Kaleidoscope earrings by Wonderluk

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Bow tie by monocircus

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3D-printed tiara by Scott Summit

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If you can’t find exactly what you want, go ahead and designit yourself (or have someone else do it for you).

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These super elegant, minimalist wedding rings by Endswell are produced in wax using a 3D printer and then cast in solid rose, yellow or white gold.

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If you or your wife-to-be is the eccentric type, this is for you. Glowing Crown Hair Fascinator by NeoPixel

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Kotori by a Japanese architect Kazunori Takeishi, who’s running an art and design lab and online shop monocircus

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3D-printed cufflinks by SOLide

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3D-printed stainless steel Gothamy cufflinks

Warning! You will love this

When we say that 3D printing is the future of shopping and bespoke jewellery, we mean it. Take a look at these absolutely genius creations, brought to life by 3D printing.

Morpheus is an international platform that connects consumers and designers to custom make lost or otherwise unattained pieces of jewellery. Leveraging 3D modelling and printing technology the process combines the best of both worlds; cutting edge technology and timeless craftsmanship. It works in 3 easy steps:

1) you upload a photo of a piece of jewellery you want and get assigned an expert designer to reproduce the object;

2) the designer responds with a 3D rendered model in a virtual 3D room where both customer and designer interact to finalise the design;

3)the design is sent to production and finished with traditional gem settings and sent to you.

Sound wave jewellery. Originally, the idea to create jewellery using sound waves came from bza.biz, although they don’t use 3D technology. What needs to happen before sound wave jewellery could be printed is very simple: 1) you record a clean Sound Wave, save it in WAV or MP3 format (you can record anything you like – from the corny I love you, to Life goes on); 2) workthe magic on your computer-assisted design software program or get a professional 3D designer to do it for you. It makes a fabulous present, too.

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“I love you” sound wave pendant by Joy Complex

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