(Closed) CAD Design look different from real ring?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
946 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Ive found CAD images to be pretty true to life although it is hard to imagine the actual weight or feel of a ring from an image. My CAD images have always been like a “blueprint” image and not a colored picture. I’ve posted mine below to give you a better idea. Also, with the blueprint image you get a better idea of the proportions due the grid that can help with sizIng.




Post # 4
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Cads do usually look bulkier, but yours is a great deal farther away from the inspiration pic than what they could fix once cast. For instance, look at the big gaps between the melee diamonds! (Please ignore if that is on purpose to have less melee to cut costs.) The thickness of the band will also not be mitigated once cast, which you can tell because the top part has those swirly bits underneath it, and in order to get the band less thick they would have to shave them away.The halo also looks substantially different – yours looks like it will appear more flower-shaped from the top whereas the inspiration pic one would appear more round. The inspiration pic also has the stones tilted ever so slightly away from the center stone and your CAD does not. The inspiration pic has the basket of the halo tapering, which will allow for more of a flush fit band, but your CAD does not, which would leave a gap between the wedding band and e-ring band. Quite frankly, just from looking at that CAD image, I do not think your jeweler possesses the skills to recreate your inspiration ring. Have you seen them make anything very close to it before?

For more input, I’d copy your post with pics to Pricescope’s RockyTalky section.

My CADs have always looked pretty close to the finished ring. A little bulkier but not much. Some are at the bottom of ths page: http://www.pricescope.com/forum/colored-stones/mint-garnet-trillion-setting-ideas-t181235.html

And here is the completed ring for some of those (sorry I would post them but I am on my ipad): http://www.pricescope.com/forum/colored-stones/mint-garnet-trillion-in-rose-gold-ring-complete-t184505.html

Post # 6
714 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@pabigelow:  I would talk to your jeweler again and just make sure that he knows that you want it thinner. I mentioned to mine that I was having a hard time translating the image to what it will be like in real life, and then he explained to me that he likes to cast a bigger/unfinished ring and then hand finish it. So for example mine will have a channel band with bead-set diamonds, but in the image it just looks like solid metal because he will hand drill the channel and the beads. 

Also I will get to see a wax model that will be an exact replica of my ring, so I can always make changes then. Ask your jeweler about that (although if time is an issue that may be rushing things).

Here is a photo of my CAD, I don’t have my real ring yet, but I know it will look much nicer.

Post # 8
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

Yes, I’m happy to tell you that CAD designs look chunkier, clunkier and more angular than the real thing. 🙂

ETA: Oops! I see you got the ring. Glad you’re happy!

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