CAD - Computer Aided Design

CAD - Computer Aided DesignPhelans have long since been in the unique position of merging traditional manufacturing methodology with state of the art technology, in order to bring forward a very special experience for their customers. Computer Aided Design (CAD) is the perfect solution to visualising conceptual designs before they go into production, providing the client with total confidence and control over their bespoke piece and where necessary, design modifications quickly and economically.

The next stage to this design frontier is creating a ‘hard’ copy. From the CAD images a ‘model’ known as a ‘wax cast’ is created solidifying the clients confidence in the design by being able to try on a model version.

Once the Model has been agreed the wax is then sent to be cast in the items preferred metal, the piece is then created in a whole, two or three part rough casting and assembled accordingly.

The initial castings are known as ‘roughs’ due to their visual properties. It is the job of an experienced ‘mounter’ to piece together and finish the item by hand using a series of specialised buffing and polishing techniques.

Example 01 - Emerald and Diamond Dress Ring

Computer Aided Design

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This design was created through a mergence of two existing in-store items. The primary focus was to create a standalone dress ring highlighting the centre stone. By raising the emerald away from the halo it adds layers and catches the eye initially, the addition of white diamonds aids in the colour ‘pop’ with the horse bridal shoulders as a secondary focal it’s a subtle design twist that captures the eye without drawing away from the magnificent centre stone.

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Example 02 - Oval and Brilliant Cut Three Stone Ring

Computer Aided Design

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This oval three stone was designed to be worn with an existing claw mounted wedding band and therefore sits proud in a high wed-to-fit finish. The impressive carat size of all three stones ran the risk of the ring sitting too wide on the finger when designing and loosing its delicate halo and tapered shoulders. Opting for the two outside diamonds to be tucked under the centre stone at an angle drew attention to the larger centre diamond as well as decreasing the width. Delicate shared claws allows the ring to remain feminine without compromising on stone size.

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Example 04 - Maple Leaf Stud Earrings

Computer Aided Design

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This item was the outcome of a client wanting to commemorate a special holiday, using a photograph of a maple leaf careful vein work and metal manipulation to ensure an organic, 3D outcome was used, adding diamonds to the stem ensured a beautiful contrast to the warm, autumnal rose gold colour.

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Example 05 - Round Brilliant Solitaire Ring

Computer Aided Design

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This design was created for the solitaire engagement collection. A very elegant piece that sits on a high profile accentuating the centre stone and drawing emphasis on the petite diamond set shank. The collet of the centre stone is set with a ‘scarf’ of round brilliant cut diamonds, a very different approach to the popular halo design. The ring catches the light beautifully at every angle and embodies all that is elegant.

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Example 07 - Cushion Cut Aquamarine Halo Ring

Computer Aided Design

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A traditional halo setting the soft blue Aquamarine was stepped slightly higher taking focal precedence, this was further emphasised by the shanks gradual tapering into a knife edged design creating a great proportion contrast. A highly polish finish on ring the shoulders were left plain in order for a striking solitaire centre effect.

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Example 08 - Marquise and Pear Three Stone Ring

Computer Aided Design

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A modern three stone design using a marquise diamond centre stone elongates the finger and provides length. The two shoulder stones compliment the marquise centre with the points facing away from the central point. The capped ‘V’claws were chosen to enhance the shape of the marquise which marry nicely with the modernity of the parallel shank. The Sudden pinch at the collet from the shank secures the diamonds focal point and prevents the ring from becoming ‘metal heavy’.

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Example 09 - Emerald and Baguette Cut Three Stone Ring

Computer Aided Design

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Technically a three stone this item was designed with a solitaire style focal and two accent stones which is highlighted by the size contrast of the shoulder diamonds against the Aquamarine centre stone. Set in a simple wed-fit mount and bar claws for the shoulder diamonds the elegant ring is simple and effective in drawing the eye to the beauty of the centre stone. Slightly courted shank and highly polished finish the ring represents a stand alone, stunning elegant dress ring.

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Example 11 - Pear Shaped Diamond Solitaire Ring

Computer Aided Design

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Designed for a large diamond in a previous mount simplicity and security was most paramount for this item without overloading the item with ‘metal heavy’ settings. The tapered shank provides a subtle graduation to the diamond whilst providing a quality weighted bottom shank. The use of two tonal metals, (18ct yellow gold and platinum) provide a warmth and richness without compromising on the diamonds refraction. Rounded claws contrast with the capped ‘V’ claw providing security and stone shape enhancement.

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