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Take a Look Inside the July 2020 CounterSketch Update

2020 has been an overwhelming year with lots of change that has forced us to learn how to approach familiar tasks in very different ways. Like building relationships with your customers when you can only see their eyes because a mask obscures the rest of their face. However, I hear from most of our users that you are improvising and learning new ways to solidify your relationships and add value.

CounterSketch has always sought to help the consumer visualize the finished custom design and provide an experience that allows the consumer to be involved in creating one of a kind pieces of jewelry.

The 2020 CounterSketch update continues on a theme of simplifying and improving the user experience without diminishing the consumer’s engagement or excitement.

We are excited to hear how these new features impact your ability to use CounterSketch.

Updated User Interface

CounterSketch is even easier to navigate; you can find what you are looking for and apply filters seamlessly. The fresh look gives you a smoother, more cohesive interaction with the software, fewer clicks, and better results.

Lab-Grown Diamonds

Now, you can shop Stuller’s entire inventory of large and melee lab-grown diamonds to add to your custom CounterSketch designs. You are providing a diamond alternative and another price point for your customer to consider.

Render Previews

Render previews allow you to review a draft of your render before completing the entire render to ensure that you have selected the best options for your render. Now, you can see what you are going to render without waiting for the render to complete so you can make adjustments and save time.

Standardized Render sizes for Social Media

Choose the platform where you plan to share your render, and CoutnerSketch will automatically update the size and resolution for the image for that platform, ensuring that it looks impressive on your social page.

Updated Order Screen

The updated order screen helps you see what information still needs to be completed so that you can submit your orders quickly without reviewing options you may not need. We have also enhanced our communication with Stuller’s API for faster pricing.

Curated Collections

Added in March, this feature allows you to merchandise the CounterSketch library so that it reflects your customers and their taste. Create a personalized tile on the CounterSketch start screen to highlight your brand. Behind the tile with your logo, select styles that are prevalent in your business. Never before has it been so easy to adapt CounterSketch to your business.

With lots to see and learn, be sure to take advantage of the CounterSketch playlists on our Gemvision Corp YouTube channel.


Which CounterSketch updates are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!




Details on MatrixGold’s Newest Software Update

It seems like yesterday we released MatrixGold in September 2018. Today, we’re excited to announce the newest update, MatrixGold2019.3.

We have worked to ensure MatrixGold meets the needs of every jeweler within this ever-changing industry. We want MatrixGold to be the right choice for all jewelers to help them on this journey. Through designing, budgeting, presenting, and selling, MatrixGold can be your perfect ally on every stage of this beautiful journey, from the idea to the final piece.

Take a look at some of the new tools and improvements you’ll find in the update on July 1. 

Mesh Repair

Getting your designs ready for production is very important. With the Mesh Repair tool, all of the parts will come together for an easier print. 

Texture 3D

Customers are gravitating toward having special finishes on their jewelry. This tool will help you achieve unique touches to any design to make it one of a kind.

Smart Pattern

Choose from more than 90 patterns and create spectacular designs with low weight.

Gems Between 2 Curves

 This tool will boost adding stones in your designs. Choose the boundaries, select 2 curves, and fill all that area with stones. It’s that simple! 

Gems List on Curve

Often times, customers receive stones in different sizes to create a design.  With Gems List on Curve, customers can add the stones to a design easier than ever. 

Save as Default Style

Customers now have the option to save on each tool the customer defaults to. Set any measurement and layout, and save it to your default style.  The next time you launch this tool you will have the same layout as a starter.

Signet Ring Side Profile

Take advantage of having more control when working on signet rings. The top side profile can now be viewed in this new version so users won’t have any limits when creating signet rings. 

Render

We have made a couple of big improvements in the render studio. Users will have the option to save their own materials and use the alpha channels to render the different materials by themselves and put them together later on any photo editing software.

Animation Studio

We now have new options on how the camera follows the path when making an animation to get different animation results.

With this new MatrixGold update, customers will have a powerful tool to boost their business either on the sales side or the production side; MatrixGold is the complete solution for any jewelry business that wants to be the forefront of the market needs.


Which updates are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below!




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Enhance your customer experience through Custom Solutions

What tools do you need for your Custom Jewelry Design toolbox?

Are you wondering what is out there when it comes to custom jewelry from Stuller? Stuller is always trying to expand its customization offerings to meet you and your customer whatever your custom design needs are.

The most recent custom solutions guide (link to guide) helps you to understand all of your customization options and select the tools that are best suited for your store.

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The Custom Solutions Guide walks you through five solutions, including CAD/CAM Services, 3C and Stuller Showcase, Digital Goldsmith, CounterSketch, and MatrixGold.

The guide devotes a two page spread to each solution with quotes from subject matter experts, hardware compatibility, price, and skill level information. Each solution is explained, and you can see the key features and benefits of each tool.

Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll learn:

CAD/CAM Services does the work for you

With four services to choose from Stuller’s CAD/CAM services is happy to do the hard work for you. Submit a wax or resin model, and CAD/CAM services will take care of the casting so that you don’t have to. Submit a CAD Model, and our team will grow the wax or resin and do the casting as well. See a Stuller style that you like but need a modification? Through Modify a Style, choose an existing style and request that our CAD team makes the changes to your specifications. Submit a sketch will enable you to send in an image or drawing, and our CAD team will do the CAD work for you, once approved, we will take care of manufacturing all in one place.

3C and Stuller Showcase allows you to make changes online and get retail pricing.

Don’t have what your customer is looking for in-stock? Take them to Stuller Showcase and browse Stuller’s inventory via showcase with your logo, branding, and retail pricing. While you are there, check out our 3C product, which allows you to choose, change, and create your customer’s perfect ring. Flexible 3C Designs enable you to change the finger size, metal, center stone shape, and center stones size.

Digital Goldsmith helps you to assemble the dream for the customer

With Digital Goldsmith, choose from Stuller’s extensive collection of findings and shanks to build the perfect ring for your customer using existing Stuller components. Digital Goldsmith partners with the Magnetic Ring Builder for an interactive tactile in-store experience. Digital Goldsmith is also part of Stuller Showcase, so pricing can be shown at retail cost.

CounterSketch gives your customer options to adjust or build their ring in a 3D environment.

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Interact with your customers in-store or from the comfort of their homes via a remote session. CounterSketch has a library of modifiable designs to choose from and also offers freehand parts if you wish to build your design using components. Each component can be changed and updated onscreen, so your customer instantly sees their changes, modify a library design into their ideal design.

Design their vision with MatrixGold

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MatrixGold allows you to begin with a blank canvas and design any ring your customer can imagine. No starting libraries mean unlimited possibilities and jewelry driven tools give you everything you need to design jewelry your customers will love. The latest addition of parametric history allows you to go back and modify a design at any point so you can quickly make changes to meet your customer’s requests.

Many of our customers find that one tool isn’t enough. With an ever-changing customer, often more than one tool is needed on the same day, or for that matter, the same sale. Be sure you and your staff understand all the options available so that you can say yes to your customer regardless of their custom jewelry request.

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If you are looking for ways to engage your customers and set yourself apart from your competition, consider customization, which allows you to work one-on-one with your customer to get them the design they want. Choosing the right set of tools for your store has never been easier.


What Custom Solutions are you ready to explore? Let us know in the comments below!




MatrixGold Customer Discusses His Experience

Roger Kitchens has seen the jewelry industry change quite a bit during his 40 years in the industry. He’s watched computer-aided design (CAD) become an industry norm and has implemented CAD software into his business so that he can offer custom design. To work on his designs, Roger has used various software, and he currently uses MatrixGold.

I chatted with Roger to learn more about his experience with MatrixGold and the design success it’s brought him. 

Roger, thank you so much for speaking with me! Let’s start with a your background. What experience do you have in the jewelry trade?

I started working as a jeweler when I was 19 years old. I am now 69 years old and still working. I’ve worked as bench jeweler for 45 years, doing repairs, fabrication, wax carving, and casting. Ten years ago, I purchased RhinoGold 1.0, opening my path to CAD.  

What is your business model? Designing with MatrixGold Roger Kitchens Studio

I work from my home office, creating models for three retail stores. Through email, I receive the sketch, stone information, and specifications. Using cloud storage, the STL files are easily accessed for the store to print, cast, and finish the project. Some models are printed on my LCD Printer and shipped to the store.

Which software do you use? 

I purchased Matrix 8 and later Matrix 9, giving me a vast toolbox. In September 2019, I purchased MatrixGold, adding parametric history to my toolbox. Now, MatrixGold is my toolbox.

How does MatrixGold help with your design process and everyday work?

Using online desktop viewing allows me to make real-time changes for my client. Parametric history allows me to make changes without having to recreate the model sections.

Parametric history also allows me to create models in sections, mirroring those sections to create the complete model. I can import parts from my collection and assemble a model. I can easily edit the model, changing finger size, stone sizes, and other variables.

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What do you think are top features of MatrixGold?

The user interface offers easy navigation, and the desktop layout is easy to customize.

We create updates based on the customer’s needs. What do you think should be next for MatrixGold?

I miss many features from Matrix 9. The Gem List on Curve is probably the one I used most frequently. Many of my projects are using the customers’ diamonds. I could add stones by individual sizes and counts rather than trying to graduate the stones in MatrixGold.

I’d also like the ability to create more flexibility when using the signet ring builder with control points on the shank curves. Adding a Euro shank outside profile to a cathedral ring rail would also be great.

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Stay tuned, Roger. I assure you we are working on a few of those updates and hope to have them in the coming weeks! Thank you for being one of the great designers in our community!


A huge thank you to Roger and his insight into using and working with MatrixGold. For more on Roger’s history in the industry as well as his designs, click here.




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CounterSketch Update: New Curated Collections

I am excited to introduce the newest feature to CounterSketch®: curated collections. This new feature gives the user autonomy to create the collections that they know will sell in their area.

Currently, there are over 2,495 library models in CounterSketch. Never in the history of the software have we had so many different styles to select from, and each month we add more. While variety is the spice of life, with so many choices, it can sometimes be challenging to find the design you want.

With this in mind, we’ve given users a way to highlight styles that are relevant to their customers. Curated collections allow users to merchandise a selection of library models so that they can easily find the styling that is most relevant to their market.

 

Here is a brief description of how curated collections works:

 

Select Your Styles

Begin a search in CounterSketch using categories or filters to find the models you want. Use the session picks checkbox to select the styles you want to include. Once you have selected all of the relevant library models, choose the “add marked designs to portfolio” option and name your portfolio.

 

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Create a Design Tile

Once you have selected the styles for your collection and added them to a portfolio, create a tile for your collection. From the preferences, menu choose “edit design tiles.” Now you can add a new tile to your Start screen that will feature your selection. You can select the shape, size, and title of your tile. Then select an image from stock images or add your own.

 

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Access your collection

Browse your curated collection by clicking on the design tile you created to access your specified models. The collection shows in the search screen, with the title in the breadcrumb and tile image in the header.

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Now that you know how you can create as many collections as you wish!

 

In addition to creating tiles that will link to collections of jewelry, you can also create a tile that will connect to:

  • Web Address: your website to share images of past custom creations
  • Stuller Showcase: other Stuller product that meets the customer’s needs
  • Open Another Program: a point of sale software or just a calculator, so you always have one available
  • Stuller Prototype Collection: a specific group of products

CounterSketch gives you options and simplifies your custom design process. Give your customers choices for the next custom design, either from the entire library or just those curated styles that you know will speak to them. Once you have completed the design, submit your order, and our CAD/CAM services team will handle the rest.

 

Watch below for more on Curated Collections:

 

I hope you enjoy Curated Collections and the ability it gives you to personalize your CounterSketch library.  As always, visit our Gemvision website for more on the update.


How do you plan to use Curated Collections? Let us know in the comments below!




4 New MatrixGold® Features for Spring

It has been a successful year around the world with MatrixGold! 

In the last year, MatrixGold’s new core and dynamic commands have provided a new way to design jewelry. It has been a pleasure to see our customers utilize the new functionalities of the software to speed up their production time.

With MatrixGold being a popular CAD software in jewelry design, we want to continuously offer features to provide state-of-the-art software to our customers. We believe the only way to make good software is by listening to our customers, who spend hours working with the product, and then by putting all these experiences and feedback into developing new MatrixGold features. This month, a new version will be available to users.

Without further ado, we’re excited to present a sample of our new MatrixGold features. Here are four!

New MatrixGold Features for Spring 2020

  • Pavé prongs: You’ll be able to add prongs to a group of stones. Automatically, MatrixGold will add prongs where the spaces between stones are. 
  • Manufacturing tools: In just a few clicks, you can get your design ready for 3D printing and then casting.
  • Animation studio: We improved the animation studio as the move maker from what you will be able to make movies from frames.
  • New profile editor functionalities: The profile editor is a tool used to personalize your jewelry. We improved and added to its functionality so you can create your own profiles and save them to use later. 

Visit the Gemvision YouTube for a look at these features firsthand.

Even as we announce this new version, we are looking ahead to JCK Las Vegas in early June to meet all our customers with even more new tools. 

Happy designing!


What do you hope to design with the new MatrixGold update? Let us know in the comments below!




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What’s the Best Metal for Men’s Wedding Bands?

The bride-to-be in your store has probably been planning her special day for a while now — perhaps even since she was a young girl. More often than not, she has a good idea of
the type of engagement ring she’s going after. She’ll bring along clippings from a magazine or share styles she’s pinned on Pinterest; heck, maybe she even has a sketch drawn on a napkin. No matter the case, ring shopping is usually primarily focused on the lady-in-waiting.

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What About Those Disengaged Dudes?

Yet we know that most of the time, her beau hasn’t put much thought into his wedding band. Some dudes are completely uninterested in rings, and most are just unaware of the options available. There are all kinds, from the guy who’s eager to discuss each decision along the way, to the disengaged dude sitting in the corner with folded arms, staring off into space. Good news! The latter presents an opportunity for you, the trusted jeweler, to engage the groom-to-be and involve him in his very own ring selection. Inform him of all the choices when choosing his band. After all, he’ll be sporting it for the long run. 

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Get To Know The Guy

Each ring comes with its own pros and cons. Determining the best metal for men’s wedding bands starts with understanding his lifestyle. Consider what he does for a living. For example, some companies require their employees to wear tungsten bands because of the metal’s potential for fracturing under extreme pressure. Also, if working with electricity, he may want to steer clear of metals that have conductive properties, opting for a ceramic or stainless steel instead.

Also, ask him about what he does in his spare time. If he works on cars, steer him away from soft, precious metals like gold and silver and go for a stronger metal that is resistant to scratching. A swimmer may need a metal that can withstand harsh chemicals, like chlorine. Precious metals may be a strong fit for a coin collector who treasures value and rarity. An avid hunter should avoid a band with a bright polished finish which could reflect sunlight and scare away the game.

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What’s His Style?

His wedding band is not only an expression of marital commitment but also an expression of himself. Urge the guy to choose a band that reflects his style. He may choose a classic band profile like half-round or comfort-fit, or he may prefer a more modern look like two-tone or hand-engraved. If he’s interested in personalizing his precious metal band, consider engraving the band for a unique touch. He may choose to add a special message or scripture verse in a brawny font or even in his own custom handwriting.

There are plenty of opportunities to engage the guy in the ring buying process. Remember, following the initial engagement ring sale, there are two more subsequent rings to be sold: the bride’s and groom’s bands. Even more important than any sale, however, is the opportunity to get to know your customer and build a lasting relationship with the happy couple. Take the time to create patrons who’ll turn to you for years to come.

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So what’s the best metal for men’s wedding bands?

Well, it depends on the guy. Does he want precious or contemporary metal? Is he more interested in rarity and value or durability? Which band profile does he want? Engraving? Finishes? Get to know your guy, then walk him through the process to create his personalized band. Use the handout below to help your groom-to-be determine the best metal for men’s wedding bands.


DOWNLOAD this guide when determining the best metal for men’s wedding bands


Distribute this handout to the dudes that come into your store. Let them know they have the power to pick the band that perfectly represents their style. And let him take the reigns in determining the best metal for men’s wedding bands.




A High-Performance Engagement Story

What makes a high-performance engagement? Is it purely based on function? Or could aesthetics contribute to such a title? What could looks have to do with performance? When done right, it’s the nature of successful design.

Design

I come from a background in industrial design, the classical term for what most know as product design. Industrial designers are the creative minds behind nearly everything you see around you: cars, phones, shoes, kitchenware, watches, and in this case… jewelry.

Many product designers are trained on the notion that form follows function. In other words, this entire school of thought devotes itself to the idea that the product performance precedes and even trumps the need to look attractive. Successful design, at the highest level, presents a finished piece where form and function complement one another, working together to build a perfect union — a fitting thought when designing an engagement ring. For example, look at high-performance automobiles. Designers spend endless hours of time to ensure that every crease, slope, and feature, however flashy, has a fully functional purpose.

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Inspiration

I started working as a designer at Stuller just a year before I proposed to my wife. I truly wanted to surprise her with the proposal and didn’t want her to know when or how it would happen. So I could not involve her in the design process. However, early in my design career at Stuller, we looked through Stuller’s catalogs together. Other than this initial perusal, which offered few specifics on my wife’s design preference, we never discussed what kind of engagement rings she liked. She had expressed two things to me: she wanted it to be unique, but not extreme, and she needed something functional — something she was comfortable NEVER taking off. This gave enough footing to create her high-performance engagement ring.

My wife is an elementary school teacher and uses her hands all throughout the day. In addition to her day-to-day activities at school, she is very active, loves the outdoors, and does not shy away from… well… anything. She needed a high-performance engagement ring that shared her traits: strong, clever, elegant, beautiful, brave, and one of a kind.

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Create

Before putting pen to paper, I could see the design in my mind. I visualized the ring, growing from the ground up. As the base of the shank pulls up around the finger, it thins and slightly creases as it climbs, creating a moderate euro-shank base and working to keep the ring upright through any and all activity. Halfway up, the shank splits and the tendrils spiral up to bypass and suspend a diamond center. Each split is adorned with channel-set genuine blue sapphires, graduating in size as they approach the center. This spiraling climb of the shank and the graduated accents work together to draw the eye to the focal point—a brilliant-cut diamond. The diamond appears to float just barely above the finger, tension set among the spiral. Here is where the cooperation between form and function must be perfect for my concept. The diamond appears to be tension set. But in reality, a hidden gallery rail tucked neatly just below the stone’s girdle supports it, only visible with a detailed inspection of the piece.

I designed her high-performance engagement ring around a diamond that I hand-selected from Stuller’s incredible Red Box Diamond® inventory. Chuck Bowman, a senior designer at Stuller and master in the industry, aided me in choosing the sparkly rock. After I narrowed down the selection, Chuck shared these final words, “In the end, ignore the paperwork. Don’t think about the numbers or the grading report. Choose with your eyes. Choose with your gut. Which diamond speaks to you? Which one attracts you the most?” This helped immensely, and I have since passed these guiding words on to many who have embarked on the same thrilling venture.

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After choosing the diamond and putting my vision on paper, my excitement grew. However, it was still just a vision. I needed to transform this concept into reality. I pushed onward to create the CAD production model, utilizing a hybrid approach that incorporated both Stuller’s proprietary parametric design software and the more traditional Matrix software. As the high-performance engagement transformed from a figment of my imagination to a fully-functioning 3D model, I was able to adjust portions of the design on the fly, finding the perfect scale and emphasis in every aspect of the piece. Finally, the design was ready to become a reality. A ring for my wife. A symbol for our future.

Stuller’s talented teams of model makers allowed me to see the piece at every stage, keeping me in the loop. This team treats every piece they touch as if it is their own. They are the best, and they produce the best.

Forever

In the end, everything I put into the design shines through. As for the big question? The proposal went perfectly (but THAT story is for another time). More than six years later, my wife still loves the design. It has every bit of the uniqueness and elegance she wanted. As for functionality, it never catches on clothing nor impedes her work, adorning her hand through every adventure. From submerging through the deep reefs of the Pacific to repelling from the towering timbers in the mountain valleys of Colorado, her ring continues to stand the test of time in both form and function—a true representation of the union she and I share now and forever more.

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Meet Jonathan Smiddy – The Returning Competitor

Jonathan Smiddy Battle of the Benches HeadshotThis year’s Battle of the Benches® competition is right around the corner, kicking off March 24th. Among the contestants is Jonathan Smiddy, a seasoned jewelsmith with over twenty-two years of experience under his belt. A bench jeweler at Robson’s Diamond Jewelers in Baytown, Texas, he spends his days repairing precious pieces and helping clients to create beautiful jewelry.

As a graduate of the Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology, Jonathan Smiddy knew he wanted to be a bench jeweler right out of high school after taking interest in Indian handy crafts. “I’m a real classic kind of person. I like Art Noveau. I like Art Deco,” he explains. “So in most of my stuff, I sample a lot of those lines and a lot of French curves.” Jonathan’s passion entails building new and exciting pieces while his specialty lies in creating unique designs that end as exquisite works of art.

After participating in last year’s competition, Jonathan knows the ropes. He has a pretty good idea of what’s in store, having been there and done that. Does this give him a leg up on the competition? We’ll see! We surely expect Jonathon to bring his calm and collected demeanor along with his talent and creativity. The greatest challenge he faces in his day-to-day is meeting impossible deadlines. “Yet, somehow it always happens,” he says. And according to Jonathan, he works best under pressure. This is quite a fitting strength for the competition.

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Jonathan’s pendant from Battle of the Benches 2016

When it came down to scoping out last year’s competition, Jonathan had this to say: “It’s been really interesting, especially with the other jewelers. There’s lots of really good talent on the panel.” His only real concern, however, was aiming to set all of his stones in time.

In day one of the competition, Jonathan created a CAD design and model of a cocktail ring inspired by a customer profile. Day two brought about the Parts & Pieces Challenge where participants were given a box of “stuff” and tasked with creating a unique piece of jewelry. Jonathan created a sleek, modern pendant.

On the third and final day of the event, attendees visited any additional classes they might have missed. They walked the demo floor and even met with our technical folks. The final challenge also took place. This time, the task was to prep, polish, assemble, and set the now casted CAD design from the first day’s competition. Jonathan took the prize in this event with an amazing three stone cocktail ring featuring a blue center and pink accents.

When he’s not busy at the store, he enjoys visiting museums, camping, spending time with family and attending church. His favorite part of being a jeweler so far is having the opportunity to create wedding bands for himself and his wife.

Here’s a shot of Jonathan hard at work in last year’s competition, along with a few select pieces of his work-

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“The leftmost image is a 9 carat Tanzanite pendant with .5 carats of side diamonds. It turned out absolutely stunningly and the story behind it is even better!” Jonathan reports. “I also really loved building the piece centered above. It’s a competition piece I designed featuring lapis, diamond, tsavorite garnet, and synthetic padparadscha accents.” 


Check out Jyothi Forman and David Adamson, two of Jonathan Smiddy’s competitors in this year’s Battle of the Benches® competition.




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Meet Jyothi Forman – Battle of the Benches® Contestant

Jyothi Forman HeadshotJyothi Forman is a jeweler at Georgies Fine Jewellery in Narooma, New South Wales, Australia. She specializes in hand fabricating custom jewelry. Jyothi, a blossoming 24 years old, grew up in a small regional town called Tanja and went to school in Bega, New South Wales. Outside of work, she loves exploring the outdoors. Mountain biking, playing soccer, painting, and hanging out with her sweet pup, Baxter, are a few of her favorite activities.

“I’ve always been a very practical person and love working in a hands-on manner. In school, I loved ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, and visual arts. When I stumbled upon the jewelry trade, I couldn’t believe my luck! It combines everything I enjoy: practicality, creativity, and an ongoing challenge,” Jyothi explains. “I knew I loved making jewelry since my first day on the bench.”

Throughout her apprenticeship, she’s had many amazing opportunities arise. Jyothi has competed in many competitions and represented Australia in the International WorldSkills Competition in Brazil. This honor gave her an unforgettable experience. “Placing second in the world and earning a silver medal was quite a remarkable feat!” she says. “I couldn’t have done it without my supportive, generous boss, Georgie Staley.”

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Jyothi Forman’s silver medal standing in the Worldskills International Competition

Custom design remains central to Jyothi. It enables her customers to have unique pieces of jewelry that express who they are. “Custom jewelry tells the owner’s story while also reflecting the designer’s gifts. The highly involved process is very rewarding. The customer is delighted with their jewelry because they have contributed to the design,” she says.

For Jyothi, the most challenging jobs are the large, intricate handmade pieces. However, these are also her favorite! “I love a challenge. I love the problem solving and attention to detail, then seeing everything come together at the end into a beautiful piece of jewelry. Every day as a jeweler is different. From resurrecting old family heirlooms to handcrafting brand new ones for future generations. Each day brings about a new challenge, all equally rewarding.”

Jyothi Forman custom engagement ring parti sapphire diamonds and platinum with green goldAt the beginning of March 2017, Jyothi married her partner, Mitchell. They’ve been together since high school. He is a watchmaker and both work at Georgies Fine Jewellery. “I’ll forever treasure when he proposed to me with all the materials necessary to make my very own engagement ring: Parti sapphire, diamonds, and raw metal,” she recounts. “From there, I handcrafted my ring from platinum and small accents of green gold. The center stone is a yellow-green Australian Parti Sapphire and side stones are diamonds.” Her beautiful ring is pictured here.

Jyothi and her husband Mitchell have never been to America and are tremendously excited to come over for the competition!

Here are just a few of her awards and recognitions, along with her most prized custom designs-

 

  • Nationwide Jewellers Apprentice of the Year – 2013 & 2014
  • Melbourne Polytechnic Best 2nd year Apprentice Jeweler – 2013
  • Melbourne Polytechnic Best 3rd year Apprentice Jeweler – 2014
  • Melbourne Polytechnics Outstanding Apprentice/Trainee of the Year – 2015
  • Melbourne Polytechnic Outstanding Student of the Year – 2015
  • Worldskills Australia regional competition, Melbourne – 2013 • Gold
  • Worldskills Australia national competition – 2014 • Gold
  • Worldskills Oceania competition – 2015 • Gold
  • Worldskills International Competition – 2015 • Silver
  • Announced in Triple J’s 25 under 25 2015

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This ring was custom designed at Georgies Fine Jewellery and handmade by Jyothi. It features sapphires and diamonds in a beautiful, unique gold ring.

Jyothi Forman custom ring design white yellow gold

“This one was very fun to create, as I had to make the white gold appear woven through the yellow gold band,” Jyothi explains.

 


We’re gearing up for our annual Battle of the Benches® competition, which begins March 24. Meet David Adamson, the defending champ here.