KeyShot Diamond Ring Jewelry Rendering Tutorial

Will Gibbons by Will Gibbons | Last Updated:   August 24, 2020

Why rings are so hard to light

The challenge with jewelry rendering is that metal is fully specular, meaning it reflects light like a mirror, and gemstones like diamonds are highly refractive and transparent. The challenge lies in having enough contrast and light in your scene to make the jewelry interesting, but also attractive and bright. If you’ve ever struggled to light jewelry, you know how frustrating it can be.

HDRI Editor to the rescue!

After a handful of requests, I decided to give it a go. This tutorial walks through how I would go about lighting a diamond ring in KeyShot. It makes extensive use of the HDRI editor to carefully place different kinds of pins throughout the environment. The result is a ring that reads well on a white background, a common, but challenging style used in jewelry renderings. Join me as I show you step-by-step how to light a diamond ring.

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to:

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Will Gibbons
Will Gibbons is an industrial designer-turned rendering specialist. He's trained and worked with some of today's most recognizable brands and now is focused on creating the best product visualization content on the internet.