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3D Printing Jewellery

I decided I had met the one.....but the engagement rings on offer in Nairobi, Kenya where I lived weren't what I wanted. A true stealth mode project. After prototyping in plastic, I used a print shop to print the design in wax and make a mould around the wax. Molten gold was poured into the mould, which melted and displaced the wax. The gold ring was removed and buffed before a professional jeweller set an Alexandrite stone in the three prongs. Most importantly, she said yes.

Skills Used

CAD design

Sculpting in CAD

Materials research

3D printing

Gem setting



Sketching Inspiration

The big one! Designing my girlfriend's engagement ring.... I searched for inspiration from jewellery makers  and my imagination.

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Waves in Art

Water - something my wife loves, but how to depict water, a liquid in a solid? The wave is powerful and ever changing and clearly fluid. Hokusai's classic inspired me.

Refining Designs

I drew and worked to find a way for the wave and stone to exist in the same design. The answer was for the wave to roll around the stone.


CAD models I created for 3D printing. This allowed me to work on my CAD sculpting of organic shapes instead of conventional engineering CAD. Can you see the waves crashing over?

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SLS Printing

The first plastic model. Printed in Holland and sent to the UK. Real life helped show that the band needed to be thickened.

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Gold Parts

The gold ring! Polished and perfect.

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Setting the Stone

The stone sits on the prongs ready to be seated by the jeweller. The waves have a dynamic feel.

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Final Design

She said yes!!!!!

Circular from above and asymmetrical from the side.

In Action

We hand made our wedding bands and here they are.

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