How is my jewelry made?
Each item is made to order using Shapeways, a 3D printing company. First, I create the design using 3D software. Then I send my design to Shapeways where they use 3D printing and traditional casting methods to create the item.
When will I receive my order?
Production takes 2-3 weeks on Shapeways' end. The items are then shipped to me for finishing and packaging. I will send them along to you promptly, and will email you when your order has shipped, along with a USPS tracking number. The whole process will likely take 3-5 weeks.
Why doesn't my silver or gold jewelry have a hallmark?
Shapeways currently only adds the "925" mark to sterling silver items and the "14k" mark to gold items for countries that require it. If you are ordering from the U.S. or another country that doesn't require the hallmark, they will not stamp it (unfortunately).
Sterling silver models are first 3d printed in wax. The wax models are then used to cast the silver using traditional methods.
Silver will tarnish slowly, but can be easily polished back to their original shine with a jewelry polishing cloth. It is a softer metal that may show dings and scratches with wear.
92.5% pure silver
Polished bronze objects have a beautiful reddish gold hue. They will darken with exposure to air, but can be polished back with a jewelry polishing cloth, or with a polishing compound such as Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish. Bronze rings may cause skin discoloration when exposed to moisture.
Bronze items are first 3D printed in wax and then cast using traditional methods.
90% copper, 10% tin
Polished brass objects have a bright gold color. They will darken with exposure to air, but can be polished back with a jewelry polishing cloth, or with a polishing compound such as Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish. Brass rings may cause skin discoloration when exposed to moisture.
Brass items are first 3D printed in wax and then cast using traditional methods.
80% copper, 15% zinc, 5% tin
Steel items are created by 3D printing with steel and a binder. The item is then fired and infused with bronze. It has a very rough texture, which can be polished smoother if the item is strong enough to withstand the polishing process.
Steel is not suitable for rings, as it has an unpredictable shrink/expand rate, and it discolors skin if it gets wet.
60% steel, 40% bronze