A 3D-printed casting process can end that sinking feeling in your stomach when you lose something valuable.

Numerous family mysteries and fictional plots have centered around lost jewelry, from Guy de Maupassant's The Necklace to Titanic‘s ‘Heart of the Ocean.' These tiny objects leave a lasting impression on their owners' hearts and minds, and people will go to great lengths to replace them. Now the jewelry company American Pearl is offering a new way to put those worries to rest with a computer software and 3D-printing-assisted service that can revive heirlooms from generations past. Working from a photo sent via email or posted on the company's Google+ page, designers create a 3D CAD model, which is sent to a Solidscape T-76 3D printer that puts the model into mold form. The actual merchandise is then cast in that mold.

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