Five fabulous pieces of digitally fabricated jewelry from 2011

Best of the Blog 2011 – jewelry

Jewelry achieves that wonderful marriage of artistic expression and everyday function. Here are five examples from 2011 that demonstrate pushing the boundaries of both.

#1 Wearable flora — 3D printed planters as pendants

Colleen Jordan lets you wear springs of botanical beauty with her unique 3D printed planters. Her planter pendants comes in soft round shapes or geometric angles, and each one is hand finished for a look that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

#2 Jointed Jewels — 3D printed necklaces and bracelets

Designer Alissia Melka-Teichroew unveiled her latest line of 3D printed jewelry last year in Berlin. This new collection continues her exploration with ball and socket joints direct from the printer.

#3 The natural look of algorithmically designed jewelry

Paul Krix of Neat Objects doesn’t design his jewelry so much as he programs the design. Each piece in his range of lasercut jewelry is initially created with algorithms. It’s design by code.

#4 3D printed cufflinks

Digitally printed bling isn’t just for the ladies. Chicago based hobbyist Seth Moser created some 3D printed cufflinks that demonstrate just how small and detailed you can get with 2011’s favorite technology.

#5 Skateboard recycled into earrings

If you’ve ever dated or are related to a skater, you know that those pretty decks last as little as a week before they break in half. Good thing LeeMo and MapleXO have given splintered decks a new lease on life, as lasercut love dove earrings.

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