CAD Ring Design Process

  • By William SHAW
  • 15 Aug, 2017

CAD (computer aided design) can be a useful tool to create and test new designs accurately, often improving quality of design by being able to modify every detail of a piece to a customer's requirements.


A completed design will be 3D printed in resin and then cast in a precious metal. We can give a variety of quotes depending on the metal chosen.

We receive a cast which is then cleaned, hallmarked, polished and set in-house.


Bespoke items can start in a variety of ways, for example this ring was developed by starting with a 6x4mm oval sapphire which has been paired with a 2.2mm brilliant cut diamond.

Creating bezel settings to fit each stone, every part of a setting can be modified such as the height, width and position. A bezel setting has a lip of metal that fully surrounds a stone to hold it in place.
Ring profiles can be placed throughout the shank to alter the thickness and shape of the ring.
Shank, bezel and stones are all put together. Different layers of colour help to separate components so that they can easily be hidden, selected and moved around.

Finally a render is made for the customer to show a realistic image of what their final design would look like, as mentioned before a customer can also view their design in different metal and stone combinations if they wish. This is also a good opportunity to improve the design and make any changes if needed. At this stage a quote will be given.


CAD designs are not limited to rings, we can create earrings, pendants, bracelets etc.


Two of these designs have been made in 9ct white gold, sapphire/diamond and 9ct yellow gold, topaz/diamond which are available to buy from our shop.


William's Workshop Blog

By William SHAW 15 Aug, 2017

CAD (computer aided design) can be a useful tool to create and test new designs accurately, often improving quality of design by being able to modify every detail of a piece to a customer's requirements.


A completed design will be 3D printed in resin and then cast in a precious metal. We can give a variety of quotes depending on the metal chosen.

We receive a cast which is then cleaned, hallmarked, polished and set in-house.


Bespoke items can start in a variety of ways, for example this ring was developed by starting with a 6x4mm oval sapphire which has been paired with a 2.2mm brilliant cut diamond.

By William SHAW 20 Dec, 2016
One of our client repairs today was to resize a gents wedding ring up two sizes: alterations like this are made in our workshop on a regular basis. In this case, because the ring had to be made two sizes larger I needed to add an additional new piece of gold into the ring. Once I had annealed the ring (heated it up to soften it) I made the incision for the gold and soldered in the new piece (shown here.) After adding the new piece I filed it to the correct profile to match the rest of the ring so that the alteration would not be visible. Finally I re-finished the whole ring using a polishing and cleaning process.
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