MatrixGold® Improves With Batch Render Feature

As we wrap up April and move “full steam ahead” to the Summer months, MatrixGold® users are enjoying several new improvements. Two new updates came out in March and it’s already helping jewelers better serve their customers. 

We have improved the batch render feature. It is a tool that many customers are using when it’s time to render different versions of the same model. We added JPG, BMP, and PNG as outputs, and the option to render using the Alpha Materials option. This option is also used to render using style, files, layers and materials. 

We know that presenting designs to the customer is important and we are always working on our render engine to better serve you. In the last update we added the focal blur feature to the render, which will allow you to produce renders that look as professional as possible. 

We have also been working on the materials the option to set up a customer’s own specific gravity for the materials. This is very important when is time to be very precise with the weight. So, from now on you can change the color and the specific gravity and save them in your materials area. From there, it can be picked up at any given time. 

When it is time to get your designs ready to print, we know that mesh repair plays a fundamental part of the process. So, we have increased the effectivity of this tool. Now we the surface step-by-step, so you get the greatest chance of working with a valid mesh. 

These are some (but not all) of the improvements that we have been working on. We have also improved the head, the prongs on surface, the gems between two curves. 

MatrixGold Updates

Find a detailed description of all the improvements by clicking here:  https://www.gemvision.com/matrixgold/releasenotes 


If you want more information about MatrixGold® and solutions for your custom jewelry needs, visit Stuller.com/MatrixGold.




Sell Online With The Help of Gemvision Custom Designs

Do you know that eCommerce has grown by 15% year- over year? In the jewelry industry, that number is even higher- 23%. We keep those stats in mind day after day at Gemvision. And because our main purpose is to help jewelers on the digital age, we keep working on providing as many tools as we can to make things even easier for our customers.   

For many years, our customers have been looking to provide the best experience to the end consumer, but what happens when these end consumers want to buy online?  Our duty is to offer solutions to these challenges. Jewelers needs tools to create jewelry from sketched and at the same time show all these creations on their online channels.

The answer… MatrixGold

With MatrixGold, you can create any design from sketches and now with the new update released this month, we have made major strides on digital renders. You can read a list of improvements available now and one of the highlights is the new batch render feature.

The new Batch Render is a new tool that allows you to load all the models that you want to render. You can apply materials, environments and select what views do you want to render. Once all these settings are applied, you just need to click the button “render” and MatrixGold will do everything else by itself. 

MatrixGold will do all the combinations between models, materials and views and will save them to your computer. The extra step of waiting for the renders to be finished until launching the next one is no more. MatrixGold will do it for you.  

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These renders can be posted online for you to sell without spending a penny to have them made for display. This makes eCommerce easy and allows you to create one-of-a-kind pieces for your one-of-a-kind customers.


Find more online now at gemvision.com




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MatrixGold User Feature: Donna Kovalchick

Users of Matrix, a prior Gemvision product, often ask us about switching from Matrix to MatrixGold®, our newest software.

“The path to change is best traveled when we travel together.”

-Sheryl Sandberg

In the spirit of this quote, we sought out a Matrix user who would partner with us to create educational videos about transitioning to MatrixGold from the user’s perspective. Donna Kovalchick was the ideal customer to feature.

Meet Donna Kovalchick

A photographer by trade with 21 years of experience, Donna followed a unique path that led her to jewelry. What started as a part-time position as a photographer for a local jewelry store and helping with the website and marketing turned into so much more.

Years later, the business had grown, and the owner wanted to hire an in-house CAD designer. Donna was offered the role, and she jumped on the opportunity to learn something new. Next thing she knew, she was on a plane to Stuller’s headquarters to learn Matrix 9 from Jessica Smith, Gemvision’s training developer and instructor. 

That was three-and-a-half years ago. As Donna recalls, “Learning the program was exciting. I did learn it pretty easily, and it was quite addictive.”

The Big Transition

Donna recently switched from Matrix to MatrixGold and described it as a game-changer, commenting on how the updates make her life as a designer easier. She has moved on from the small business jewelry store where she first started her career in CAD, saying, “I have realized my self-worth and that I love CAD. One-of-a-kind jewelry excites everyone, and I love being a part of that.”

As Donna begins the next chapter in her career, she is confident MatrixGold will further her interest and expertise in custom design.

Watch a video interview with Donna below:

To watch the full-length videos, login to MatrixGold Academy and go to the Designing with Donna tile. She is always looking for topics and loves suggestions from other users!


Want to hear more about MatrixGold? See more of our blog posts that share new features and customer experiences.

Details on MatrixGold’s Newest Software Update

MatrixGold Customer Discusses His Experience




Customization is the Key to Holiday Sales Success

The holiday selling season is here!

It’s likely your busiest time of year, and we want to help you create one-of-a-kind gifts for your best customers. At Gemvision, we offer two major CAD software options to design custom jewelry.

Explore Endless Options: MatrixGold®

This powerful CAD software lets you design models from scratch and explore the full depth of your creativity. If you can envision a shape, you can bring it to life. The only limit is your imagination.

MatrixGold helps you in two other big ways:

  • You get the weight, dimensions, and stone report on the final piece, which reduces haggling and helps you work within your customer’s budget.
  • You can create realistic renders and animations of the piece to WOW your customer. These renders and animations are also great for using in your social media marketing, on your website, and in your design portfolio.

Create an Experience: CounterSketch®

We know that any retailer wants to offer as many models as they can, but it’s impossible to stock all the options that customers may be looking for. With CounterSketch, you get hundreds of library designs that are ready to show to your customer and to be modified to their needs.

  • CounterSketch is perfect for inviting customers into the customization process. Whether they’re at your side or joining you remotely, they can watch you design their piece. You can make their requested changes with just a few clicks, and the design will update right before their eyes.
  • In CounterSketch, you can use and assemble freehand parts to create one-of-a-kind designs.
  • Once the design is done, you submit it to the team at Stuller. Our CAD/CAM Services handles the manufacturing and will deliver the piece to you at the manufacturing level you need: finished or unfinished, and set, semi-set, or unset.

Better Together

Do you want to create your own designs and have them ready and in stock? Bring MatrixGold and CounterSketch together for your business!

You can design in MatrixGold and then import those designs to CounterSketch. Once you have them in CounterSketch, it’s easy to show all your designs to your customers.

From there, you can show your designs from any perspective, change materials, make realistic renders, price them, and send them to Stuller for manufacturing. While we do the heavy lifting, you can keep serving your customers.

Watch one of our designers use MatrixGold and CounterSketch to create a pair of intricate earrings:


At Gemvision, we offer all the tools you need to make your customers feel like the most important person in the world. You can proudly advertise that you can make custom-designed jewelry to be delivered in time for the holiday season. Offer them nothing less than the best with CounterSketch and MatrixGold.

Happy selling!


For more information about MatrixGold, CounterSketch, and how they can benefit your business, take a look at these recent blog posts.

Details on MatrixGold’s Newest Software Updates

Take a Look Inside the July 2020 CounterSketch Update

Confidence Sells, So Know Your Software




Confidence Sells, So Know Your Software

Have any of you ever renovated your kitchen, or taken a precious family photo to be framed? Our homes and family heirlooms are important to us, and we don’t trust them to just anyone. We are looking for a contractor or framer that approaches their tools with skill and assurance. What if the framer puts on gloves before handling your photo, or the contractor comments on an essential aspect of the project that you never considered? How would you feel about proceeding with the project?

As Jewelers, our reputation is essential to our business. Customers must feel that they can trust us to complete their job confidently. Be sure that you and your staff are well trained and certain in using the tools of our trade. Your confidence will not only put customers at ease, but your ability to speak with conviction, clarity, and sincerity may be the key to closing the sale. Lots of industries, including doctors, pharmacists, and even tax accounts, do annual recurrent training. This training ensures that their skills are up to date and that they are aware of the latest and most significant advancements.

Our Gemvision training team wants to make sure that your staff is prepared and ready for whatever design challenges may walk through your door or hit your inbox. To help you prepare, Gemvision offers not only comprehensive training for beginners but also modules revolving around recent updates for those seasoned employees that only need to learn what is new. Here are a few examples of our online training that you can access from your store or home, listed by software.

CounterSketch® Online Training

  • CounterSketch Artisan Certification Curriculum: This series of 25 lessons, each with an accompanying quiz, will teach your staff everything they need to know about using CounterSketch with a customer. Once they complete all the classes and tests, they receive a CounterSketch Artisan Certification that they can print and frame and attach to their linked in profile.  
  • Watch Me Work: This series walks the student through building 14 on-trend unique designs, giving them the confidence to not only make these designs but other designs using freehand parts.   
  • Freehand Faceoff Vol.1-6: Given a theme, two designers go head to head to create unique designs. This fun yet challenging approach pushes your staff to think outside the box and imagine new ways of using existing tools and freehand parts.

MatrixGold® Academy

  • MatrixGold Artisan Curriculum: This series of 27 lessons will teach your staff everything they need to know about using MatrixGold. Including designing solitaires, eternity bands, five stone rings, and even cabochon pendants. This introductory class is a great starting point for any designers that are new to MatrixGold.
  • Matrix 9 to MatrixGold Conversion: This extensive course covers lessons on the user interface, user preferences, content management, modeling, profile editors, rendering, and much more. If you have been working in Matrix 9 and are ready to upgrade to MatrixGold, we have an online learning plan to help you with the transition.
  • Summer 2020 Update: As our development team continues to add and refine the tools in MatrixGold, you can expect great things. We separate videos for recently added features so that as you continue to learn, you can focus on what is new without having to review existing tools. This 11 lesson module teaches you to use the latest tools added to MatrixGold.

With these options and many more, there is valuable content for you and your staff to explore on Gemvision’s online training platforms. However, if you are looking for one-on-one training experience, we are happy to offer hourly training with our Gemvision training team as well. We are here to support you and your staff as you provide unparalleled service to your customers.




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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!