3D printing with direct application of metal seems like common sense now that Lolo & Galago, fine jewelers, are on the precipice of doing so. Common sense aside though, we all know that the reality of putting a new process into action can be much more challenging than just discussing and conceptualizing.
It’s obviously taken some time, research, and planning to get to the point of 3D printing their collection directly with metal. This is on the horizon now though as Lolo & Galago are working with a company in Switzerland to create and debut a luxury jewelry collection that is ‘direct from print.’
“We’ve always positioned ourselves as a contemporary brand and it is our mission to embrace modern technological developments to continually push ourselves as an innovator creating truly exotic jewelry,” said Lolo & Galago owner, Jason Penn.
While many already progressive contemporary jewelers 3D print using wax, creating a mold to cast the jewelry, Lolo and Galago seek a much purer and streamlined approach by using direct metal printing. The wax and casting would be eliminated altogether, and fine jewelry would be created by simply loading the precious metals right into the 3D printer, and then printing layer after layer of the metal until the pieces of jewelry form. Once printed, the jewelers would take over in polishing—which is a very important process at Lolo & Galago as their jewelery has a ‘trademark brightness to its finish,’ due to a unique two-stage polishing process.
“Some of the most famous brands in the world first differentiated themselves with a technical development and at Lolo & Galago we aim to do just that,” said Penn.
This is certainly believable coming from a company whose roots emerged from Tsarist Russia, as the Bermont family were known to be ‘purveyors of fine luxury jewelery and gemstones.’ They escaped to Japan after the revolution with only several of their most prized jewels intact, and teamed up with Amira Hatta, ‘daughter to the famous Hatta family who had previously produced one-of-a-kind, groundbreaking pieces for Middle Eastern royalty and high society around the sub-continent.’ The company was founded in London with Japan’s Hatta as the head jeweler, and they worked with many other partners around the world. The name was created from their vision as a global brand stretching from Lolo in the Pacific to Galago in Africa.
London-based Lolo and Galago is a company rich in royal heritage and substantial history. It’s only fitting that they should be the ones to pave the way for solid new technology to create their classic luxury pieces, furthering their mission to provide “contemporary elegance through exotic luxury.”
Have you heard of any other jewelers considering this process? Share with us in the Lolo & Galago forum at 3DPB.com
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