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computer-aided design

In the early days of jewelry making, designers would sit down with paper and pencil to sketch out a design, drawing and re-drawing until it was perfect. The drawing not only had to capture the beautiful design, but it also had to be completely accurate so it could be used in the process of hand-making the jewelry. If the designer wanted to create a slight variation on their original design, they would have to start the process over and create a new model from scratch.

Today, thanks to cutting-edge design technology, things are very different. CAD/CAM (computer-aided design/computer aided-manufacturing) are tools that generate traditional technical drawings on a computer and then manufacture the items designed on those computers. CAD creates three-dimensional models that allow designers to examine intricate designs up close from any angle, rotate and manipulate models onscreen just like a physical model, and even “weigh” the item before it’s constructed. CAM uses computer software and machinery to manufacture the products designed by CAD models.

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What does all that have to do with jewelry design? A lot, it turns out. Here are some of the key benefits of using CAD/CAM systems in jewelry design.

  • CAD technology helps create designs that are both precise and complex — many of which would be almost impossible to do by hand.
  • With CAD, we can design pieces specifically for certain gem sizes, which helps increase accuracy, decrease errors, reduce production time and minimize the cost and waste of materials. In many cases, it minimizes the time taken up by trial and error and speeds up each step of the process.
  • If you aren’t happy with the way a piece of jewelry is progressing in the design stage, alterations and modifications can easily be made before the design is carried out. In the same vein, CAD allows us to see realistic images of virtual jewelry in its finished state before execution, making sure we get it just right.
  • It also gets you involved in the design process in a much more intimate way, which translates to a higher degree of personal expression in the custom-designed finished piece.
  • If your specially designed piece of jewelry happened to be lost or stolen, it can easily be recreated with your saved CAD file.

To explore the possibilities of designing your own jewelry via CAD/CAM with us, visit Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

david webb

David Webb was one of the most talented and influential jewelry designers of the 20th century. A handsome, charming Southern gentleman, Webb arrived in New York City from Asheville, North Carolina at just seventeen and picked up a job repairing jewelry in Greenwich Village.

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The self-taught jeweler went on to work for several large design houses, such as Tiffany & Co. and Harry Winston. In 1948, Webb opened his flagship store on the cosmopolitan Madison Avenue, which would go on to become one of America’s greatest luxury jewelry houses.

Webb approached jewelry as an art, not as a mere product to be bought and sold. His design inspiration came from many sources, including nature and the animal kingdom, and he employed enamel and colored stones to bring the creations of his imagination to life. In addition to his brilliant design sensibilities, Webb was also a master artisan who spent hours sitting with his jewelry craftsmen to make sure every detail of his pieces were perfect.

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David Webb’s jewelry is iconic and has been adored by socialites and movie stars since the brand was founded. Ava Gardner and Lana Turner proudly wore David Webb jewelry both in movies and in real life. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly and Estée Lauder were also dedicated fans. Elizabeth Taylor featured four pages of David Webb jewelry in the photo book of her famous collection, “My Love Affair with Jewelry.” And Diana Vreeland, the legendary editor of Harper’s Bazaar, was rarely seen without her favorite David Webb zebra bangle.

Although he tragically died of pancreatic cancer at the young age of 50 in 1975, David Webb left behind a rich legacy of design expertise and a diverse catalog of bold, highly detailed jewelry that continues to be treasured by collectors and fashionistas. To this day, his vision and legacy are carefully commemorated in his original Manhattan atelier. While many of David Webb’s competitors outsource their production overseas, at David Webb, every aspect of production takes place under one roof. In fact, the workshop located above the Madison Avenue flagship store is the last of its kind in New York City.

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Original David Webb jewelry still remains highly collectible, but to associate David Webb exclusively with the past would be a mistake. It is currently enjoying a revival among young tastemakers and recently won Gold Design of the Year at The Town & Country 2018 Jewelry Awards.

Peruse our stunning selection of David Webb estate designs at Eiseman Jewels at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

 

schepps

Seaman Schepps burst onto the jewelry scene at the turn of the 20th century with designs that challenged the status quo and defined a new style for the American woman. His clientele included Coco Chanel, Katherine Hepburn, the Duchess of Windsor and members of the Du Pont, Mellon and Rockefeller families, which led him to become known as “America’s Court Jeweler.”

We sat down with Anthony Hopenhajm, owner and designer of Seaman Schepps, for an inside look at this enduring and historic brand.

The Seaman Schepps brand has a very rich history — tell us a little bit about it.

Seaman Schepps himself was born in Manhattan, the child of European immigrants. He started the company in 1904. In his lifetime, he realized the American dream of working hard and building a world-renowned brand from the ground up. He left a legacy for his children, who assumed prominent roles in the worlds of fashion and literature.

How do the current Seaman Schepps designs reflect the brand’s history?

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Fine designs stand the test of time, as is evident in the jewels Seaman Schepps offers today — many of which were first created in the 40s and 50s and continue to be sought out.

Who were some of the notable figures Seaman Schepps worked with?

Seaman Schepps numbered among his clients many American First Families, from the Roosevelts to the Kennedys (including fashion icon Jackie Kennedy), as well as members of the English, Danish, Dutch and Greek royal families.

What is one thing we may not know about Seaman Schepps — the man and the brand?

Although he was originally from New York, Seaman Schepps’ first shops were in California. After experiencing limited success, he moved back to New York and opened his first shop in the 1920s around the corner from the Algonquin Hotel and its famed Round Table, where he attracted a loyal following among the stars of stage and screen.

What makes Seaman Schepps different from other designers?

Our heritage of signed and numbered designs is still in demand today and will continue to be sought out by fashionable women and collectors tomorrow.

What are your favorite pieces in the current collection? 

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I love our Link Bracelet and Silhouette Earring in various woods and 18-karat gold. And the mix of precious and semi-precious stones that create a fantastic collage of color in the Rio Bracelet, Multi-Baroque Necklaces and Bubble Earrings make them favorites, too.

When you’re designing pieces, who do you envision wearing them? 

Our greatest compliment is when a mother and daughter can step into our shop and each walk out wearing one of our iconic pieces that may have been created several decades earlier.

Other than past designs, what inspires today’s Seaman Schepps pieces?

Rare original stones have been an inspiration throughout the history of the company and continue to be to this day.

What can we look forward to seeing from Seaman Schepps?

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We’ve long been known as innovators for our daring use of unusual materials and combinations of stones, and we continue to bring cutting-edge original designs to our American and international clientele. This season will feature combinations of precious green Burmese jade with ruby, an ivory substitute in the form of a renewable vegetable nut, and our new home collection of hard stone clocks, frames and bowls in blue lapis lazuli, clear rock crystal and natural banded gray agate.

How would you describe the Seaman Schepps brand in one word?

Original.

View the Seaman Schepps collection today at Eiseman Jewels, the designer’s exclusive Texas retailer.