The answer to this question is not as obvious as you would think!
There is a lot of misunderstanding about what a CAD is and what it does. A CAD is a drawing of your ring that is created in computer software. It is important to remember that a CAD is not a final representation of your ring. The CAD is meant to show the cast of the wax, not the metal. So think of a CAD like a bulky, cartoon version of your ring. The finished product will be much more refined and polished than the CAD.
The metal is poured into the wax mold, which is the basis for the ring design. The artisan then removes the wax mold and goes to work polishing and refining the ring by hand.
Then they set the diamond or other center stone.
The prongs are always shown above the center stone, because we need to shave them down by hand. There is more metal than needed when the ring is cast to ensure there is enough metal in the prongs.
In some instances, your custom ring design will require a CAD. A CAD will be required for more complex, elaborate engagement ring designs. But for some simpler engagement ring designs (like a solitaire engagement ring), a CAD will not be needed however some clients like to see CAD of solitaire engagement rings to see their designs visualized.
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This is what the wax looks like from an engagement ring CAD
Not all engagement rings require a CAD, but this is a cool thing to see, and to learn how your custom engagement ring and wedding bands are made! This is the wax model made from the engagement ring CAD. The next step is to cast the actual metal into the wax mold. Then, the ring is finished and polished by hand.
Much better and more personalized than something bought off the rack, made by a machine overseas and that thousands of other people have!
Your engagement ring should be as unique as your bride to be.