The innovative technology behind 3D printing has made strides in manufacturing, medicine and now, fashion. If you can print a 3D internal organ, then there’s no reason you can’t print a 3D engagement ring, pendant or statement necklace.
Mass-produced, bold jewelry has lost some of its edge. Luckily designer Susan Sanders has filled her studio in Alexandria with unique, geometric pieces since 1974. The designer also uses a 3D-printing process that involves depositing multiple layers of material to create lightweight, one-of-a-kind earrings and rings.
All of the pieces, available for sale at the Torpedo Factory, are hand-painted and range in design.
Sanders also carries brooches, bracelets, beads and over 60 styles of earrings in her studio. Her pieces are made with gold, silver and platinum, and often inlaid with semi-precious stones or diamonds. For custom pieces like engagement rings, stop by her studio to find your perfect fit. —Taylor Ness
105 N. Union St.,
Earrings $58; Ring $90