Hand in Hand (Part 1)

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Old World craftsmanship meets new technology in this engraved band

By Charlie Herner and Jason Marchiafava

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series on melding old world techniques and new technology to efficiently create an engraved man’s band with a handcrafted feel. For beginner and intermediate engravers, layout work for engraving can be a tedious task. By using CAD for the preliminary layout and milling the general engraving pattern into the model, jewelers can save a significant amount of time at the front end of the process. After casting the ring, the jeweler can perfect and adjust the engraved pattern to his liking, adding the handcrafted feel desired, but in much less time than it would take to fabricate the piece from scratch.

In the following article, Charlie Herner explains how he modeled and milled the engraved band. Click here to read Part 2, in which master craftsman Jason Marchiafava takes the ring to the bench for hand work and finishing.