Ross Lovegrove designs 3D-printed
gold jewellery

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Design Miami 2013: designer Ross Lovegrove will present a series of 3D-printed 18 carat gold rings at Design Miami next week.

Ross Lovegrove 3D-printed gold jewellery

Lovegrove has created six rings, each of which will be produced in an edition of ten. The series, called Foliates, will be presented by the Louisa Guinness Gallery at collectors' fair Design Miami.

Ross Lovegrove 3D-printed gold jewellery

"These rings and this collection appear is as if the very last virgin leaves of a tree or plant have unfurled from one's hand so that there is a relationship between the finger and the leaf, the gold appearing from the delicate void that I find so feminine and sensual and unattended," said Lovegrove.

Ross Lovegrove 3D-printed gold jewellery

The flat rounded forms that flow from the bands are indented with digitally created patterns designed to mimic those found in nature. Lovegrove experimented with processes such as direct metal laser sintering and combining 3D-printing in wax with lost-wax casting to achieve these intricate surface details.

Ross Lovegrove 3D-printed gold jewellery

Half of the designs in the range have a single leaf-shaped element, while the others each include a symmetrical pair.

Ross Lovegrove 3D-printed gold jewellery

"They sit lightly, exploring the dynamics of space and the digital realm, converging organic design with the nature of naturalness that underlines my life's commitment to sourcing the trinity that can exist so succinctly when technology, materials and form converge in the advanced times in which we live," Lovegrove continued.

Ross Lovegrove 3D-printed gold jewellery

A few days ago we featured 3D monograms for necklace pendants that are printed in silver and stainless steel.

Ross Lovegrove 3D-printed gold jewellery
Scale drawings of the six rings
  • Adi

    The jewellery Industry has been 3D printing wax for lost-wax casting for well over a decade now.

    • pozz

      I guess I missed the part where he claimed to be the first to do it. Should read again.

  • beatrice

    Poor man’s Anish Kapoor.

  • amsam

    Might as well be the first to say it… show it on a finger, please? Especially these!

  • Hotte

    WOW! It’s 3D-printed! Must be wonderful!

  • pozz

    Aside from all the “star designer” bashing, can I ask the more 3D modelling versed people, would you say this is grasshopper? Any other possibilities? I know they do Alias at Lovegrove, but those textures don’t look like your typical alias model, do they?

  • Ben

    Anyone else think Ross is starting to resemble Doc Brown? Maybe he’s not too far away from time travel.

  • Joggl

    I really love the designs. But the text, seriously, what a load of… It feels like a thesaurus in overdrive.

  • Nick E

    “They sit lightly, exploring the dynamics of space and the digital realm, converging organic design with the nature of naturalness that underlines my life’s commitment to sourcing the trinity that can exist so succinctly when technology, materials and form converge in the advanced times in which we live,” Lovegrove continued… I think what he meant to say was: “I made some cool rings, I hope you like em”

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  • Damian

    To work at Lovegrove you’re required to know Grasshopper. I saw it listed on their job application entry on Dezeen a while ago.

  • Damian

    You’re right but Mr. Lovegrove’s aim is to be at the forefront.

    • pozz

      At the forefront of shape, not so much technology.

      • Damian

        I don’t know if you can separate shape and technology. Especially when talking about Lovegrove.

        • pozz

          Yes, I see your point and I can’t believe I’m defending Lovegrove (sort of), but I still think that save for some exceptions, the bulk of his work uses tried and tested technology, albeit modern, to push the boundaries of what shapes can be achieved. So looking down on this project because the technology is not new is a bit unfair. I think the shapes are interesting and very much his.

          • Damian

            I totally agree with you.

          • Aguy

            Perhaps the title should have read ‘ Ross Lovegrove Designs jewellery’. The 3D printing aspect is a bit redundant given that in this day and age, it would be more unusual for a practice like his not to use 3D printing for such a project.

  • McCoy

    These are not so bad after all. This is what 90% of designers are doing for a living and what the profession is all about. Designers, especially the Dezeen clientele, should refocus on what they are actually being trained for. Remember none of the ‘famous’ and successful designers got to where they are now by experimenting with lava, feeding coloured paper to snails, or standing on tables at Harvard.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    Call me a snob but when showing new jewelry, I’d like to actually see displayed on, you know, an actual human being?

    To do it otherwise is like subliminally stating these objects are more beautiful that the face they are intended to adorn.