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Meet The Maker: Q & A With Kim Drosdick of Kim Drosdick Jewelry


Can design be taught or are you born with it?

I’m unsure, however I do know I used to be born with it. I feel you could possibly be a born artist however have a way of life that doesn’t help it or nurture it. My husband for instance, labored summers in his Dad’s glass manufacturing facility at 14 so wasn’t precisely inspired to be inventive. And although he at all times wished to be an illustrator, he by no means obtained to attempt it as a profession. Who is aware of what would’ve occurred with completely different life circumstances!

Extra is extra – true or false?

False. Much less is extra, nevertheless it ought to have an effect with only one look.  

How do you select gem stones? What are your standards or is it extra instinctual?

The minimize needs to be impeccable and the remainder is instinctual.

I’ve this glorious provider I’ve been shopping for from since design faculty – I’ve bought most likely 60 stones from him over the course of my profession. He goes all over the world sourcing them and solely works with one cutter. Each stone he brings me is unforgettable and one in every of a form. He is the supply of these superb spinels I’ve utilized in my newest Gem Breakfast designs.

What’s your favourite factor you’ve designed for GB?

The Bisous Black Diamond Earrings (bought)! I like the halo with nothing in center – they really feel very particular and untraditional.

What’s your design course of like for a GB piece? What elements do you do your self vs outsource?

  • I see a stone I like.
  • I begin designing in CAD (I can’t draw so CAD has been a godsend – it’s design and creation in a single step and it seems so practical. I used to make use of Photoshop however that will take me 2-3 hours to create a picture).
  • I print the wax mannequin (I’ve a 3D printer at dwelling so it prints whereas I’m sleeping).
  • I solid it in gold (I outsource the casting until I’m hand-fabricating it).
  • I clear it up.
  • I ship it off for setting (I do bezel settings myself and ship the remainder to my stone setter, who’s actually the most effective stone setter in Canada).

Some designers outsource a number of the fabrication steps – plenty of individuals don’t must have their arms on all the things and they won’t love the fabrication aspect. In my case, I like the bodily making and being part of each step. I feel that makes me just a little bit control-freaky however I need to ensure that it comes out precisely as I envisioned!

Are your purchasers largely bridal or buy-for-yourselfers?

It’s about half and half!

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