Turn your Instagram pictures into jewels designed and made in Venice (Italy) with precious metals or high quality plastic materials. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on February 21, 2013.
About this project
Only for this Kickstarter project we are offering you a special pre-order discount for your JewelGram and some unique piece especially designed for this occasion. By pre-ordering your JewelGram you'll receive a coupon which can also be used as a voucher gift to the ones you love.
Some months ago two Instagram-addict friends Gianpiero and Michele were discussing on how much it would have been great to have jewels with Instagram pictures printed on them. In fact, they thought, there is a famous citation that says "Diamonds are forever"... "but pictures too!" they said.
JewelGram comes from this: it turns your Instagram pictures into jewels.
It happens that one of those friends is an electronic engineer and software programmer and the other one is a jewelry designer.
Michele: "I've been a jewelry designer and a goldsmith for more then 15 years and I put all my experience in this project. We've spent the last five months researching, designing and developing the most perfect shape to marry Instagram pictures to our jewels and this is the result: clean lines and special materials as gold, silver and glossy plastic."
Our JewelGram collection is made in Venice (Italy) with high jewelry techniques and a strong attention to details.
To better highlight Instagram pictures we use the sublimation print which allows us to stamp any kind of image at a high resolution, merging it with the jewel, as we want to make sure your JewelGram, with your favorite picture on it, will last forever.
Finishes and treatments of our precious metals (silver and gold) jewels are hand-wrought. So, like fingerprints no two such JewelGrams are exactly identical.
Every JewelGram comes with a 0.98x0.98″ (25x25 mm) area to print pictures. Considering that Instagram stores pictures at 612x612 pixel of maximum resolution it means that we are printing them at more then 600 dpi (dots per inch) resolution. Extremely good considering that human beings are not able to recognize dots printed over 300 dpi.
Our plastic rings have the following European ring sizes: 12-14-16-18-20-22-24. Our precious metal rings instead are equipped with an adjustable ring size system.
Why We Need Your Help
We are almost there. The design and the first series in precious metals are ready and we've developed and launched our website, where you can play seeing a simulation of a JewelGram made with your own Instagram pictures.
Now, kickstarters, we need your help to start the mass production of our glossy plastic jewels collection as the molds to produce them cost thousands of dollars.
What we have done so far:
- Designed rings and pendants for our JewelGram collection;
- Developed the molds to produce the precious metals (silver and gold) jewels;
- Found the supplier for the sublimation printing;
- Produced the packaging for JewelGram (see image below);
- Produced the first series of JewelGram made of precious metals;
- Developed the site to present our collection and a simulation that allows you to print your Instagram pictures on a Jewelgram.
What we need to complete our project:
- Develop the molds for the plastic jewels;
- Develop an e-commerce section on our site.
The JewelGram Collection
Glossy White Plastic Ring. Available sizes are 12-14-16-18-20-22-24 European ring size.
925.00 Silver Ring. Available in satin or polished finish. Adjustable ring size system. Approximate weight, 13.50 grams.
18 Karat Gold Ring. Available in yellow, white, red and black gold. Satin or polished finishing. Adjustable ring size system. Approximate weight, 19.5 grams.
Glossy White Plastic Pendant. Available in white or black polished plastic. Leather thread.
925.00 Silver Pendant. Available in satin or polished finish. Leather thread. Approximate weight, 9 grams.
18 Karat Gold Pendant. Available in yellow, white, red and black gold. Satin or polished finish. Leather thread. Approximate weight, 13.5 grams.
Inkwell Diamonds Ring
ONLY FOR KICKSTARTER: The Inkwell Diamonds Ring is made of pure 925 silver available in satin or polished finish and it has 4 diamonds set into the JewelGram logo. Approximate weight: 13.5 grams; the diamonds are 0.03 carats. Inkwell Diamonds Rings are equipped with a special adjustable ring size system.
Inkwell Diamond Pendant
ONLY FOR KICKSTARTER: The Inkwell Diamond Pendant is made of pure 925 silver available in satin or polished finish and it has one diamond set into the JewelGram logo. Approximate weight: 9 grams; the diamond is 0.006 carats. Pendants come with their leather thread included.
This Kickstarter project, JewelGram and our website are not endorsed or certified by Instagram or Burbn, inc. All Instagram™ logos and trademarks displayed on this Kickstarter project, on JewelGram products and on our website are property of Burbn, Inc.
Risks and challenges
There are inherent risks and challenges when developing any sort of product, be it physical or digital. With JewelGram, we combined both and that adds some complexity. We've got a great team working on JewelGram with the right skills and experience to complete the task. Here are our next goal steps.
1. Financial backing
Without your support, we can't cover the cost of tooling and get a handle on the minimum order quantity we should commit to for the first batch. The molds for plastic elements costs thousands of dollars.
2. Developing the Molds
With our experience in designing and producing jewels in precious metals we have been able to produce that kind of jewels quite immediately. On our site http://Jewelgr.am and on our Instagram profile @jewelgram we got a lot of requests regarding jewels in plastic materials. So now our challenge is to develop the molds to produce them. We have already contacted a supplier here in Italy. They provided us an offer with the cost details and they run a feasibility analysis that proves there are no practical risks in developing such kind of molds.
lightNshape is the team behind the JewelGram project that is developing our e-commerce section.The team is the result of the collaboration of professionals coming from product design and software development. It is based in Venice (Italy) where we are currently producing precious metals jewels and where we are going to produce the next plastic jewels series. We also have collaborators in San Francisco, CA for software consulting, and at the moment our website server is located on the USA West Coast.
Once we reach our funding goal, our first commitment is to send the jewels to all our backers. This will be straightforward as every backer will receive a special code which she/he will be able to redeem on our e-commerce site for the chosen reward (at no extra cost). The code might also be donated as a gift for special occasions (hint: Valentine's Day is approaching...).
Thank you very much for checking out our project and have a great day.
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