From digital ring sizers to lab-grown diamonds, it is not hard to see that technology in recent years has helped the jewellery industry invaluably. It is safe to say that many of the technologies that have paved the way for the jewellery industry are now dying out for new and innovative methods that are more sustainable and cleaner. Jewellery has been around for thousands of years, and technology has come hand in hand with changing how jewellers create, sell and advertise their business.
We are in the digital age, which only means rapid expansion, rapid development and a higher demand for smart technology. Modern technology has impacted the fashion industry for many years with new innovations and inventions being created yearly. Whether it’s 3D printing or AI technology, we will go through some of the most innovative technologies that are changing the jewellery industry for the better.
Revolutionised Shopping Experiences
Online shopping has come a long way and people are now much more trusting when making considered purchases. Online shopping has not always had the trust of spammy sites and scams. One of the most significant drawbacks of online shopping is the fact that you can’t try the item on, this is a big issue when it comes to jewellery, many pieces are considered purchases. Luckily, this is a thing of the past.
Instead, augmented reality (AR) has drastically improved the overall shopping experience. This is done by creating a virtual realm that shows a lifelike online shopping experience where you can see what the product looks like before purchasing. Many luxury brands and jewellery providers are using this to improve their conversion rate online which in turn increases revenue.
3D Printed Jewellery
3D printing has been around for a while now, but it has truly been far too expensive to be able to do anything with it in a range of industries. Now that technology has developed, the price of these machines has gone down which has made them much more widely accessible for businesses to consider. From this, it has given jewellers new opportunities to create bespoke pieces with ease.
Due to jewellery being intricate, it has made the job of creating so much easier for designers and they can now make pieces as intricate as they want as opposed to more traditional vintage jewellery designers.
Improved CAD/CAM Technology
Computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing have revolutionised all industries, but especially the jewellery industry. When it comes to jewellery design, one-of-a-kind pieces are becoming much more popular and it is made much easier with this technology. Not only does CAD/CAM do this, but it also allows jewellery designers to mass-produce designs which cuts a lot of time.
Human error is inevitable when creating jewellery by hand. When it comes to CAD/CAM, you can create pieces with more precision. Once you have created the pieces, a digital file will be created with perfect proportions. This can then be used for 3D printing which takes away many traditional methods of creating a piece of jewellery.
Lasers have been around for many years now, and with innovative advancements in technology, it is bringing improved solutions to the whole industry. Lasers are used for a range of techniques including cutting, welding, decorating and many more techniques. This technology has then created opportunities to create more creative designs to cater to all needs and wants. Due to this, designs are constantly being improved. More scams, it has improved the security of jewellery as lasers can carve microscopic ID numbers into diamonds and other gemstones which makes it much more difficult to sell fakes and stolen pieces to jewellers.
Nanotechnology allows users to influence molecular and atomic matter to form new materials. The innovation of this technology has created a huge impact on the jewellery industry as it allows jewellers to create new materials with a range of unique properties. One example of this would be lab-grown diamonds or new forms of gemstones that nobody has ever seen before. This allows jewellers to create improved gemstones with fewer flaws, have more brilliance and are much harder than some gemstones.
Most people wear jewellery to accessorise an outfit or to show stature, but in recent years there has been a demand for wearable pieces to do more than that. Modern accessories including bracelets and rings are incorporated with cutting-edge technology to not only look great but also serve a purpose. There are now jewellery designers who have created smart rings and bracelets that can track your activity such as heart rate as well as answer calls.
Modern technology has dramatically improved the jewellery industry and has changed a range of elements. Technical innovations have removed tricky and complicated methods for a speedier, more precise jewellery-making process.