BOLTENSTERN—an Austrian luxury jewelry house—has launched EMBRACE, an 18 carat gold and platinum jewellery collection that is 3D printed by UK-based Cooksongold.
EMBRACE is the result of a long-term collaboration between the companies and claimed to be the first commercial, directly printed precious metal collection. Its pieces include bracelets, cufflinks, earrings, necklaces and rings.
The focal element of the collection is a gemstone in a delicate cage-like structure of either gold or platinum. The majority of the collection’s pieces bring a number of these elements together in the shape of a cloud, flower or star. Combined, the elements are said to 'move playfully' and thus bring a 'sensual feel' to the pieces. The price points vary from 75 to 75,000 EUR (90 to 90,000 USD).
Cooksongold is part of the Heimerle + Meule Group and a global supplier of jewelry making supplies and contract services. In particular, the company possesses longstanding expertise in the handling and manipulation of precious metals.
EMBRACE is produced using the PRECIOUS M 080, a direct precious metal 3D printing system co-developed by Cooksongold and Electro Optical Systems (EOS). Designed specifically for the jewelry and watchmaking markets, the PRECIOUS M 080 employs direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) technology that has been optimized for precious metals.
Marie Boltenstern, head of design at BOLTENSTERN, comes from an architectural background and has specialized in computational design. She knows how to build algorithms for the generation of extremely complex 3D shapes and jewellery collections. ‘Jewelry is architecture in its smallest form,' she said. 'It is only by thinking in multiple dimensions that we can create pieces that are incredibly complex, yet desirably simple. For me as a designer, Embrace reflects the modern woman with her shining inner strength.'