For a custom ring, would you go with a CAD or hand-carved model?

posted 5 days ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Newbee

Maybe watching some videos on YouTube would help? That’s what I did. Some people love the charm of their ring being handmade, but I wanted my ring to be perfectly symmetrical, so I went with CAD and am very happy with the end result.

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

It depends on what kind of design you like and what level of detailing you want. If you are very finicky about design, it feels like the CAD jeweler may be the way to go because he can keep printing out designs

Hand carved looks more “organic” I’ve been told. It would prob be better for delicate migrain designs or curved band designs. Something with pave might be easier to go CAD because it takes a long time to carve out the pave prongs.

I’ve agonized about this too. I don’t think it makes a huge difference. At the end of the day I am going with the jeweler that seems to “get” my vision the best. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Mine was custom made by hand which is what I was looking for. You can’t tell by casually looking at it, but by close inspection you can tell it wasn’t made in a mold which makes it feel more unique to me. Up to personal taste really!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 1995

Mine was hand-carved back in the days before CAD use in jewelry. It has a lot of curves. 

How complex is the detailing of your prospective setting?

I think CAD is better if you have a complex level of design with fine details. Or if you think you might need to tweak the design a number of times until perfect. 

I’m not sure how intricate the hand carved rings can get. 

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

Bf and I talked to a jeweler today (we both like that place very much) and they suggested CAD for my ring since we were going to add filigree. They do hand carve and CAD. She said if you want more precision, CAD is the way to go. Hand carved is better for “organic” and “whimsical” designs. I thought my ring design was whimsical but apparently not enough! It’s a bypass but instead of wrapping around a center stone the band stays straight and ends at the 12 and 6 o’clock. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My wedding band is hand carved and you can tell, it definitely has some imperfections, I got it custom made to fit around my engagement ring setting. The sides aren’t 100% smooth, but I like it that way. It’s a custom piece and it looks custom (from very close. It’s good workmanship and looks great from a distance, but up close you can tell), which is nice. If you think you might be bothered by slight asymmetry or imperfections then probably go the CAD route. 

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