04.30.2014

Approach / 01: Double Band Ring

Sommi Jewelry Ring

Today I want to take you guys behind the scenes and share with you a little of my design process by describing how this ring, shown above, came about. When I sketched this design on paper I had already submerged myself in art and architecture books from ancient civilizations. But it wasn’t until I stumbled upon an image of a dress (from a fashion show) with a very interesting pattern on it, that the idea of this ring took place.

As soon as I saw this dress, a specific set of lines drew me in and the concept for the ring was born. I sketched about five versions of this ring and tried two of them in wax. Below you can see a sequence of photos that depict the steps I took to complete the design (total of 12 hours), beginning with a wax cylinder and ending with a tridimensional version of the sketched design.

Sommi Jewelry Carving Process

Once I’m done with the wax model I send it to NYC, where is cast in metal and a mold is made. It usually takes about 10 days to get the ring back, at which moment I begin the finishing process by grinding off any porosities and excess metal on the piece, and polish it to a bright shine.

As you guys can imagine, I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I see a design come to live from concept to a ready-to-wear piece. I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my process and now have a better understanding of what goes on behind the scenes!

–Alexandra

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