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3D Printing A Wedding Ring

Wedding rings are painstakingly selected to reflect the lives and affections of the two people getting married. Having worked for Forevermark for two years in Berlin, my diamond game was on point and I was able to source a simple but elegant Tiffany ring for my fiancée; who did not usually wear or care for rings.

But boy did that change…

After saying yes (yay), Laura started going deep on wedding bands. She discovered that the victorians would often create ring sets that only showed off their final design when combined, as this rather ghastly photo explains:

A perfect match, if you like that sort of thing

A perfect match, if you like that sort of thing

This idea seemed neat, but we were already at a disadvantage, having already purchased the engagement ring and nothing Tiffany made really fit the bill. But every problem has a solution if you open enough Google search tabs, and so the adventure to create our own wedding bands began!

Enter Guy & Max of Mayfair, London

Guy & Max specialize in artful show/cocktail jewelry by blending vintage design inspiration with CAD 3D printing in order to create intricate shapes that a craftsperson would simply be unable to. We reached out to them outlying our plan and they got back to us right away expressing interest at a one-off design that could “hug” the engagement ring. Work started with a bunch of sketches back-and-forth.

Laura’s idea was to somehow use Guy & Max’s signature “Digital Nature” beehive design to surround the diamond of the engagement ring.

Guy & Max took this idea and built on it, creating a number of detailed variations. We were most taken with the 3rd design in this series, which used a large single hexagon as the centerpiece and asymmetrically surrounded the engagement ring on each side with its band. This felt elegant and simple - a perfect result.

Next, Max the designer began to render the design in 3D. He used some cool measuring device to map the engagement ring into his software, so he was able to create a design which matches its dimensions exactly.

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So far so interesting. But it felt a little plain, so we experimented by throwing in a few rough black diamonds around the diamond to add a bit more sparkle and to get some black in there…

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Now we’re talking! Max printed a plastic version of the design to test around the engagement ring and it fitted like a dream. Following that came the “printing” of the rose gold version and the hand-setting of the diamond clusters. To compliment the design, my band took the hexagon design and repeated it to create an intricate beehive style.

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And with that, we were complete! Two unique 3D printed wedding bands all ready for the big day. A perfect collaboration between creatives and jewelers and a Victorian tradition lives on into, and because of, the digital age.

The finished results!

The finished results!

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