Post # 1
I’m designing a ring for my girlfriend for our engagement. The jeweler made me a CAD design and it looks similar to what I want, but the ring (especially the band) looks really heavy/chunky. The jeweler said the actual ring would look a lot thinner; do CAD designs typically look heavier than the real ring will or is it going to look almost the same? Obvioulsy it won’t look exactly the same, because the prongs on the setting are too tall, but I was wondering mainly about the thickness of the band and the details.
The first three pictures are the CAD design and the last two are the examples of what I want the band to look like.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
I should have clarified, the halo in this design is on the right track. It is from a different ring, not the Neil Lane one I posted. It’s just the band that I want to look like the Lane ring. I want the shared prong halo cause she likes the flower look of the halo, so that part is
Mstellah, the band you have in your third picture looks very close to the size/weight I’m aiming for, do you know the measurements of that? My jeweler said that the band in my CAD design will be 2mm when it is finished, but being a guy and not wearing fine rings, I’m not sure how that will translate jewelry wise…
Post # 6
@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 # 7
Thanks for the replies. I got it back a couple weeks ago and it turned out perfectly. It looks especially great on her hand. 😉
Post # 8
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!