Isi (Pendant Jewel) by Isabella Gabbin
2016 - 2017, Platinum A' Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Award Winner
I have got my ispiration while working as a jeweler: eight hours seated at my work bench or dealing with customers and in the evening, a drink with my friends before going home. In most shops, offices and others workplaces the main dress code is usually quite and your necklace too. But after work, you might go out and you wouldn't have time to get change, therefore this jewel will help you to look elegant.
The main version of the convertible pendant for woman and man is made in gold and diamonds, but it is also available in silver and precious stones. The jewel peculiarity is the capability to change shape in just one move. This transformation happens thanks to a basic mechanism that has been patented. Starting from a basic geometric shape like a sphere, it can change into a cross or other shapes, depending on the model. Partially hiden hinges allow the opening of the jewel and the trasformation into a new bigger, flashy and precious shape
Design Challenges
The challenge is the creation of the particular shape of the pendant once opened. It starts from three dimensional geometrical shape and become abstracted. For checking the project feasibility little wax mock up has been created and then designed and prototiped. From historical point of view this jewel recall the creativity of the skilled jewelers and watchmakers of the 1800s and early 1900s when they were searching for different and original mechanisms
Production Technology
The first jewel prototype has been produced totally handmade, then has been developed at the computer and produced with the following techniques: lost wax micro casting, welding and manual set using a particural instrument the bulino that is a knife for cutting the metal and setting the stones
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