Let’s first start off by saying, custom designed jewelry isn’t for everyone.
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You will LOVE custom designed jewelry if;
- You’ve been dreaming about a special piece but haven’t been able to find it anywhere
- You found something online or in a magazine but can’t find the piece or want it made differently
- You have old stones and jewelry laying around collecting dust because they’re simply not your style
- You like being different and have a touch of creativity
- You’re interested in learning about the jewelry making process
- Nothing but the best craftsmanship is important to you
However, there’s only 3 reasons why you won’t love custom designed jewelry;
- You want to create something from scratch and have it ready in 2 days
- You expect a $20,000 ring to be made for $200
- Your jeweler doesn’t understand what you’re looking for
The Jewelry Creation Process
Creating custom made jewelry isn’t for the amateur jeweler or something with no creativity. Creating really beautiful and unique jewelry takes a few things, creativity, vision, time, knowledge and true craftsmanship. We’ve seen some rings created by other jewelers that look beautiful, but we know they’re destined for failure and headaches down the road. Experience is a HUGE factor in making sure each custom design we create leaves the customer happily walking out the door and a worry-free future of each custom made piece. Here’s a quick run-down of what you should expect from a true master-jeweler in creating a custom piece for you.
- This is the step that’s most overlooked. Some jewelers only see the vision of how the piece should look in their mind and don’t take into consideration what the customer wants or expects. This is where we spend the most time- LISTENING. If you want rose gold accents, want to make the shank thicker, want to add a bridge accent- we’re here and we’re listening to YOU and YOUR desires. That’s not to say every idea is perfect or even do-able, but that’s where the years of experience comes in handy to give you options for reality and durability for the lifetime of the jewelry.
- A true jeweler doesn’t just work with metal. They have the artistic ability to draw what they’re envisioning and help show the customer a glimpse of what their piece will look like when it’s finished.
- Jewelry 3-Dimensional CAD (Computer-Aided Drafting or Design)
- Sketching a picture of a finished piece of jewelry is just Step 1. CAD design has revolutionized the jewelry industry within the past 15 years and has given the ability for the customer to see a life-like rendering of the piece of jewelry they have envisioned. You can flip it, twist it, swirl it, see it from the top, underneath, sides, you name an angle, you can see it in 3D just like if the piece was in front of you. If we need to make changes for the piece to be perfect for you, there’s never any additional charge for modifications.
- Wax Printing
- If you’ve seen the piece in 3D and like everything about it, but still want to see what the final piece will look like, we’ll print a life-sized wax model that you can see and feel to make sure you’re 100% happy with the piece before we cast it.
- Casting metal sounds easy, but it is anything but simple. Once the file is printed in 3D wax, the wax must be prepped for casting to accept the metal. Then, the gold, platinum or metal of choice must be poured at approximately 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit into the small opening and spun in a centrifuge to ensure a good quality casting. The #1 culprit in casting is porosity, or air bubbles in the metal. If you don’t have a quality casting, the longevity and durability of the piece is severely affected.
- Polishing & Assembly
- Each piece must be polished by hand to ensure it’s quality and bring the shine of the metal to life. Any piece must first be tumbled in a bath of metal to eliminate any possible porosity. The piece must then be polished using Tripoli (hard polish) to remove any scratches or dents left by the tumbling process. After, the piece must be polished again with a blue or rough paste to bring the shine and luster to the piece. After the polishing process, then the assembly of the piece begins. Some jewelry must be created in separate pieces and only assembled after they have been cast. Additionally, this is when any stones are set.
- Finished jewelry
- After one more final polish, the piece is ready to be delivered and enjoyed.
Hopefully you’ve read this write-up about the complexity, creativity and craftsmanship that goes into making a one-of-a-kind custom jewelry piece. If you’d like to learn more about creating a beautiful piece together, please contact us using the box below.