Tear of the mountian
The Tear of the Mountain is a project that I have been working on for quite a while. It is my first steps into designing things that are immortal and will last forever. Yes it is jewellery. I have had a small obsession with gold and silver for the last few years and I have been looking at different ways to create pieces that would last forever and jewellery is one of which combines immortality and precious metals.
Why Immortality? As I have designed and invented things I came to a stark realisation as to the fate of everything that I would create - It would all end up in Landfill. I looked around at every object around my home, my work and in the world around me and could see that almost all would be in the bin before my life was over. Even my latest fancy computer, phone, TV and tools, none of them would pass down to the next generation. My medical designs to help people too would at some point be obsolete and be thrown away.
I though about this for a long while until I discovered this article: Snack breaks are fully gold. A man found a bronze age necklace made of gold while on a treasure hunt. The piece was at least 2500 years old and had survived all that time and was still something that people found to be precious long after the person who created it had passed away.
As humans we understand the intrinsic value of treasure. Gold, Silver & Gemstones are precious to us and wont suffer the same fate as the other objects we make. I dare you to find something made of 18K gold and throw it in the bin. These items will either be passed down, sold to a new owner or melted down to create something new from the material. If very lucky a piece will be displayed at a museum as a cultural artefact that will stand the test of time such as those found at Museos "Oro del Peru" (I highly recommend taking this tour if you are ever in Lima, Peru).
There is actually a science as to why the materials used in Treasure last for so long which starts with the Periodic Table. Smiths, Artists and Jewellers have over time developed techniques to use, shape, refine and finish these metals and gemstones to make them into adornments and objects that we keep. Over time I will explain how they are used and the properties of the materials which will broaden the understanding of why these things will stand the test of time.
- Mineral - Zoisite
- Chemical Structure - (Ca2Al3(SiO4)(Si2O7)O(OH))
- Hardness: 6 to 6.5
- Refraction: 1.69–1.70
- Specific Gravity: 3.10–3.38
- Cut: Trilliant
- Weight: 0.67 ct
- Clarity: IF - Internally Flawless
- Colour: VBE - Violet Blue Exceptional
At the centre of this pendant is a Tanzanite gemstone. Tanzanite is only found in Tanzania, in a very small mining area (approximately 7 km long and 2 km wide) near the Mirerani Hills. It is rarer than diamonds as there is no other location where it has been found.
Tanzanites chemical structure is calcium alumina hydroxy silicate and has a orthorhombic crystal system. This particular stone has a trilliant cut and reflects all light back towards the front giving the stone a dazzling blue reflection when viewed from the front.
3D Design & Printing
I went through several design iterations using CAD and resin 3D printers. My initial printer was the LumiPocket Pro which was a top down SLA printer. It was good at the time and allowed me to develop several prototypes and prints and help me to define the first versions of the pendant. As I am an engineer I wanted to give it a look that was more "tech" than the normal fashion style and incorporated elements which reminded me of an assembled machine or robotic technology with a power source as the central stone.
As a technology SLA 3D printing has really taken off in jewellery design and creation. As an Engineer 3D printing has become invaluable to my development process and as such I have used the technology to develop, prototype and iterate the design until coming to the final design.