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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

De Beers Uses Augmented Reality to Promote Forevermark


De Beers is allowing people all over the world to “virtually try on” a new jewelry collection that features its Forevermark diamond brand.

The mining giant has turned to augmented reality (AR) to make this possible. AR is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input. In this case people using their computers are able to see rings, earrings and pendants from the new Forevermark Millemoi collection sparkle in the light and to see how the jewelry will move as they virtually wear it in a seemingly live 3D environment. Those who wish to experience this can go to the “My Forevermark Fitting” website, see a demonstration of how it works and then download the software. Below is a video of the demonstration.



With a Webcam and a printer, users go to the website, print a page that has seemingly generic images (“symbols”) and cut the images as directed. On the computer screen the paper is transformed into a piece of jewelry. It’s as if the person is looking at a mirror and wearing the product.

“Not only does the experience reflect all the beauty of a Forevermark diamond; it is also a remarkable digital achievement to have jewelry moving with the wearer in real time.” says Stephen Lussier, Forevermark CEO.

My Forevermark Fitting is the first deployment of a 3D virtual try-on for Forevermark diamonds, the branded diamond in which De Beers say is the product of beauty, rarity and responsibly sourcing. The company says only one percent of its diamonds earn the Forevermark brand. Each diamond receives a microscopic inscription of the Forevermark icon and an individual number.

Forevermark worked with creative agency AKQA and 3D augmented reality company, Holition, to create the experience.

Jonathan Chippindale, Holition CEO, says this particular application of its AI technology is the first time the jewelry actually moves when worn.

“Not only is the user able to see real time light move throughout the Forevermark diamond, they are additionally able to imagine the way in which the unique articulated design will flow with their movement; a true reflection of the actual item of jewelry which comes to life when worn,” he said.

Of course, regular readers of this website will be familiar with Holition through its work with jewelry and watch companies Tacori, Boucheron, Tissot and, yes, De Beers.

The Forevermark Millemoi collection is currently available in China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Singapore and Malaysia.

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