Do you design differently for Gem Breakfast vs for your own site?
Initially, I designed more conservatively for my own website. Catherine (Gem Breakfast Founder) though, told me from the start that her goal is to set us free! She knows that as emerging designers, we often receive inquiries for all kinds of work unrelated to our aesthetic.
She wants to elevate us to the point of having creative freedom – to have people coming to us and saying ‘I only want what you create. I love your vision’. She inspired me to take more risk design-wise, and now, I create show stoppers for both my site and hers without worrying as much if the investment will pay off, or if someone will fall in love with it.
How long does it take for you to design a ring usually?
Each ring takes about 40 hours of labor to create. First, there is my sketching and designing, then I send it to a CAD designer, which can take one to 5 hours. Then the ring gets 3D printed, cast into gold, polished and enameled. And last is the gem setting, which is a long and arduous task - my gem setters could spend one hour setting a solitaire or spend an entire day completing a Georgia ring.
I don’t like rushing, I take my time to let my creativity flow and get the most flawless finish possible