Brad posted and image of a cool spiral ring in the form of an open helix - very similar to one that was a signature design in my original bridal collection. A round pearl sits in the center of the helix, creating visual tension and energy.
Rather than using a cutout to seat the pearl and hold it with tension as in the original image, I opted instead for a cleaner, more tailored look using solid walls. The secret to setting the pearl is shown in the CAD screenshots - we aligned two holes so a straight wire could be threaded from the outside, through the pearl, and out the other wall. Using the laser welder, the protruding wire was welded into the wall, trimmed and polished, effectively disappearing.
The ring itself was comprised of two identical halves that could be precision pre-polished, keyed together, and laser welded at six o'clock. Again, the result is a clean, perfect surface with no evidence of the assembly process. (Had the ring been cast in one piece the integrity of the spiral would be lost in cleanup and polishing.)
The result is a striking architectural ring that mysteriously holds a pearl that appears to float between the spiral walls.
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