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vieira4Little by little, we enter the fascinating world of parametric CAD. At first, we molded openwork vessels, for the mere pleasure of experimenting, without claiming any use. We started out playing as silver potters. Later, we have oriented our parametric CAD games towards jewelry, exploring its potential. Discover them in this video.

vieira4The pilgrims of Santiago de Compostela usually wear a scallop shell in order to symbolise their pilgrimage to the site where the apostle's remains are kept. The pilgrim's scallop acquires a spiritual significance. Several legends are told about their origin as a lucky charm during the pilgrimage. I will only state what I like the most, and which is more inspirational in this design: the undulations of the shell stand for a radial convergence of trails aiming at the same meeting point, from several different points of departure. In this case we have designed a silver scallop digitally which, however, will have to be manufactured by means of traditional techniques, why?

By mirror we mean a flat mirror-polished surface. Apparently, this design suffers from the same aversion. A pair of burnished yellow and white gold earrings (total of 29 grams), with 30 brilliants (total 1.55 kt), 2 rubies of 5.0 mm (approximate total 1.0 kt) and enamels.

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