By Robert Underhill
It is an undeniable fact that computers have changed the landscape of every industry, and a clear example of this is the technology being used in CAD jewelry design.
At the outset, it seemed as though there was no way for the old world artisans’ skills to be replicated by computer assisted design. The thought that artistic skills used by master model makers could be assumed by computers in a mechanized world was absurd.
As a jeweler who has designed and created jewelry for over 40 years, I can attest to the inaccuracy of this way of thinking. It seems the one thing we did not take into consideration while believing this fairy tale was the element of human interaction. The computer did not replace the jeweler. It simply made it possible for artisans to express themselves with more clarity than ever before.
Having led an elite team of jewelry designers through the technological learning curve through the use of CAD jewelry design, we now find ourselves immersed in a world of seemingly endless possibilities.