“We’ve had a great deal of difficulty competing with cheap labor overseas,” said Bakhash, whose father Charlie founded American Pearl in New York’s diamond district in 1950. “Now, with the advent of our platform, we’re no longer taking off-the-shelf parts and welding. There’s no jeweler at a bench with a blowtorch. The cost and labor savings is phenomenal. And we’re empowering consumers to make jewelry in real-time.”
Now a customer is able to create a unique piece, whether a $400 pair of earrings or a necklace that goes for six figures. A prospective buyer searching for a perfect engagement ring, for instance, would start by choosing from one of eight metal options (platinum? 18K rose gold?) then perhaps side stones (sapphire? emerald?) to bookend the diamond of his or her choice. The 3D Printing Industry is excited to see this new development.