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Jewelry Designers Merging Hand-Made With High-Tech

When Amazon launched its 3D printing store recently, it reinforced the fact that jewelry designers are putting technology to use in some pretty incredible ways. From laser cutting super delicate pieces to using 3D printing to enable new levels of personalization, the industry has been an unexpected first-comer to the idea that automated systems hold the potential to un-limit creativity and enable new forms of making. Illustrating both the breath and depth of the space, meet three #STYLETECH makers merging hand-made with high-tech.

Beth Macri: As a structural engineer turned jewelry designer, “Pitch Night” alumni Beth Macri draws on her knowledge of genetic algorithms as well as advanced software and 3D printing to design pieces with a hidden intricacy that is invisible to the eye but known its wearer. Letters in Beth’s “Hidden Message” collection begin as a 3D printed prototype that’s then crafted using traditional techniques to achieve a blend of past, present, and personal.

 HRVST3D: Created by a team of mechanical engineers and industrial designers, HRVST3D is one of the first brands to take advantage of the freedom enabled by 3D printing to create designs would otherwise be unreasonable to manufacture. Pieces in its “Landmark Collection” are made using 3D modeling software and Selective Laser Sintering, each a tiny, colorful replica of a familiar place.

Melissa Borrell: Elevating jewelry to art-form, designer Melissa Borrell’s jewelry is defined by bold graphic shapes and a futuristic aesthetic. Necklaces and rings in her “Open Square” series are engineered using CAD software and produced with a 3D printer, while the lace-like intricacy of her “Pop-Up” pieces is achieved by a laser cutter.