Bottom Up V3+ 3D printer build and test

As part of my jewelry business, I use 3D printing for the creation of Castable masters for some of my jewelry. Mainly making unique and complex pieces for my clients, I need to quickly and faithfully print wax masters for our creations.

I started my work on 3D printing in 2015 with the purchase of a 1200 Project 3DS printer, an honest review of which is published here (in French). I then changed my printer, for a Draken 3D printer from the company 3DFacture which is also an SLA type 3D printer offering a larger printing surface than the 1200 and the freedom to manage the light exposure parameters at will, allowing me to work with resins more economical than those of 3DS and especially castable.

 Then, I now turned to a 3D printer, still SLA, but of a new type for me since printing from the bottom up, unlike the two previous printers which are of the Bottom-Up type.

3D printer software

September 17, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

130+ creative proposal ideas for a unique event

If you are looking for the best idea to propose to your girlfriend to marry you or get engaged, this is your definitive list.

We have gathered the most complete list of 135 great proposal ideas.

Whatever your skills or the personality of your loved one, you will find here the perfect way to ask her: Will you marry me?

The proposal idea I prefer is number 17 and the craziest might be number 122 while number 124 was a buzz worldwide.

more thant 130 proposal ideas

July 12, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Gold name bracelet

When it comes to making an original gift, on the occasion of a birth, a birthday or a particular family event such as the wedding, jewelry customization is an idea that hits all shots.

This is the case of the customization of an 18-karat gold bracelet with the first names of a couple's children, as we will see in this article.

gold name bracelet

June 16, 2021 — Hugo Maherault

Custom family crest signet rings

Signet rings are centuries old, and while they are not used anymore as seal ring as they used to be in the past, they are a symbol of pride and elegance nowadays.

There are still synonyme of durability and in most of the case are an heirloom to the future family generation.

3 family initials gold signet rings

We mary ancient craftmanship with modern jewelry tools as 3D rendering and 3D printing to get amazing results. We detail here below the way we proceed and the making process used to craft your bespoke signet ring.

June 16, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

18k gold Scorpion ring

Scorpion is a symbolic animal, having its own constellation in the sky and its place in Greek mythology: Scorpius was ordered to kill Orion by Gaïa, the goddess of the Earth.

Symbol of desire and passion, it is an excellent subject for the making of zodiac-inspired jewels.

If we had the opportunity to make many animal-inspired jewelry, this is the first scorpion topic we had the opportunity to make.

It's a signet ring representing a scorpion in the sand with a 2,5 millimeters large HSI diamond on the tail and initials buried in the sand facing the scorpion. You will notice the details of the shell of the scorpion, the claws, its head the 7 paws (in spite of 8 as we worked this design from the 3D cad model from our client).

Scorpio signet ring

June 10, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

The different types of necklace chains links in jewelry

Faced with all the existing chain maille weaves for making chains, used both for bracelets, necklaces and anklets, it's normal that you feel disoriented when you search for an internet purchase.

To find your way around, we offer you this guide which includes most of the chain maille weaves used for bracelets, chains and necklaces.

big silver chain for men

May 06, 2021 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Finding the Perfect Engagement Ring for Bold Personalities

Choosing an engagement ring is one of the toughest shopping choices you will make in your life. Not only are there endless amounts of styles and options, but you also have to consider many other factors.

Finding the perfect engagement ring is a stressful process. You have to decide how much money to spend and think about her personal style, while not messing it up and buying something she hates.

Don’t let the pressure get you down! Use the following tips to arm yourself with confidence and buy an engagement ring your significant other will adore.

diamond engagement ring

April 03, 2020 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Nature Inspired Jewelry For The Art Lovers

Artists build jewelry designs based on their experiences and unique inspirations. Thaya Jewelry is immediately distinct because of its natural and artistic themes. Deriving inspiration from contemporary art styles, these are some of the finest silver jewelry pieces around. All hand-made by artisans in Europe, Asia, and America.


The jewelry designers and craftsmen at Thaya have attempted to capture the beauty of nature in their unique pieces. Here are some notable highlights.

February 14, 2020 — TRANCHANT NICOLAS

Creation of a gold heart pendant

Although the heart-shaped pendant is a classic jewelery gift for women, there are endless ways to personalize such a jewel.

Indeed, if you want to get away from the classic 18-karat gold heart pendant personalized by the engraving of a simple name, you can totally embark on the creation of an original heart design that will please your spouse.

This is the case of this project that we could make in our jewelry workshop.

Gold heart pendant

October 11, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Creation of child pendants

When one wishes to celebrate the family ties (birthday, baptism or wedding) or the birth of newborns, the design of a pendant in the shape of one or more children is a classic.

Because of the multitude of designs of children's pendants available on the market, it is quite normal to want to customize its pendant design.

That is why we are going to present you various projects of child pendants realized in our workshop of jewels, projects which can give you ideas for the creation of your own project of children pendant.

Gold child pendant Child pendant Butterfly pendant

 

October 11, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Crimping in jewelry

Historically, precious stones are set on jewelry by crimping.

This technique revolutionized the goldsmithery previously limited to the work of precious metals to create jewelry : the art of highlighting the jewels on precious metal frames in gold or silver.

Crimping the ring Crimping the ring
October 11, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Pyramid ring for men

Egypt has had a millennia-old culture prior to European civilizations and has been a great source of inspiration in terms of myths and symbols.

Like many Egyptian symbols used for jewelry making, I think of the cross of life in particular, the Egyptian pyramid serves as inspiration for this project of men's ring.

The massive ring body is 925 silver while the pyramid is 18-karat yellow gold.

Pyramid ring

October 09, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Signet rings for men

The signet ring is the perfect gift for a man.

Apart from the bracelet, the signet ring is indeed the only jewel that can be worn elegantly without being too visible either, especially in a strict working environment.

Yellow gold signet ring

Catholic gold signet ring 

Yellow gold signet ring

Portugal gold signet ring 

October 07, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Signet rings with onyx stones

Onyx stone is a fine stone that is neither rare nor precious, yet onyx is the most popular stone for making signet rings for men (fr).

Much more than signet rings with amethyst stone or turquoise.

As you certainly know, signet rings are the type of men's favorite ring.

gold signet ring with onyx

October 06, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Sigillary ring : armorial signet ring for seals

By definition, a sigillary ring is a ring with a large tray (also called kitten) on which is engraved a pattern, usually a coat of arms, which can be used as a seal to seal documents with wax.

Gold templar ring Templar seal wax
October 04, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Price of a custom signet ring

Men prefer signet rings to rings.

Wearing little jewelry, they are usually oriented towards making unique signet rings personalized according to their tastes.

Of course, the price of these signet rings suffers and has nothing to do with the price of simple rings manufactured in series that are found in jewelry dealers.

Gold signet ring with black diamond

 

October 03, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Semi-precious stones in jewelry

It is very common to use gemstones on silver jewelry to create beautiful pieces of jewelry with originality because of the patterns and color of the stone. Few stones are alike, and so these jewels with natural stones are almost unique. We invite you to discover the immensity of the variety of fine stones, and much more.

Gemstones

October 03, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Choose the opal of your jewelry : rings, bracelets and pendants

Opal is a fascinating stone, but of all precious stones, is certainly the most difficult to choose to be mounted on a jewel.

It's indeed complicated to give a physical description of the opals as they vary in color, transparency and reflections depending on the country of origin and often same, vary greatly depending on the extraction mine.

Unlike a ruby or a diamond for which it's easy to compare prices according to some criteria (the famous 4Cs of diamond), all opal stones are unique in their colors and light effects.

Opals from Australia

October 03, 2019 — Hugo Maherault
Tags: Stones fine

Fire opal : iconic Mexican stone

Intriguing and mysterious, opal stone fascinates, on the one hand because of the multitude of colors and splinters it may have, but also because it remains a stone difficult to pin down by scientists and gemologists .

It is surely one of the few gemstones still being studied and the subject of theses to understand the chemical and granular composition, explain its lights and its mechanism of formation.

fire opals

October 03, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Creation of wolf head rings

The wolf, like other animals in jewels, is a recurring theme in jewelry.

Being an animal that has more or less always rubbed the man, before being domesticated in the form of the dog, it is normal to find his effigy in the form of tattoos, sculptures or jewelry.

The theme of wolf ring for man having been treated many times, we approach it here in the form of an original design of our collection of signet rings (fr) or rings made-to-measure for a customer.

Wolf head ring silver wolf head ring
October 02, 2019 — Hugo Maherault
Tags: Ring

Custom name ring

At the birth of a child or for the birthday of his wife, the ring name is a very good choice of gift.

This kind of customizable ring is engraved with the names of the children of the family, arranged around the ring and framed by two fine rings for a good reading.

In this case, the name ring in question includes the three first names of a sibling, each name being separated by a small heart with a diamond set closed in the center.

Gold name ring

September 30, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

What are fossils and how do they form ?

Over the past few years, there's been a renewed interest in fossils. In fact, this interest has convalesced into exciting new trends in fashion and home decor : curating fossils for jewelry and art.

If you've been thinking about having custom jewelry made using amber, ammonites, or fossilized teeth, it helps to know how they were formed.

Here's everything you need to know about fossils.

Fossil

September 30, 2019 — Hugo Maherault
Tags: Various

Big diamond ring

Whether for an engagement or to celebrate a wedding anniversary, a diamond ring is the most sought-after jewel for this type of occasion.

Big diamond ring

September 24, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Wedding rings duo

For a couple considering their wedding, the choice of a pair of matching wedding rings is an important moment.

It will be necessary to agree on the design and the dimensions of the alliances which will be worn by the man and the woman, during a whole life.

Celtic wedding rings duo heart wedding rings duo Biker wedding rings duo
Initials wedding rings duo Leaves wedding rings duo Fleur de lys wedding rings duo
September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault

Manufacture of African gold ring V-shaped

For the last 5 years, African jewelry is in fashion.

Driven by the appeal of ethnic art, new creations are emerging from patterns and colors of the black continent.

In this case, it is not a novelty since this design of African V-shaped ring is already well known, it is a classic.

By cons we will show you how is made this ring by hand.

African V-shaped ring

September 23, 2019 — Hugo Maherault