The Custom Jewelry Process:
1: Initial Consultation on Customization
The first step of customizing is to have a conversation with our team. This is your opportunity to outline all of your desires and requirements.
You might bring in photos of designs that have elements you like. If you have an existing piece or stone you want to utilize, you could show it to us. You might also browse our store inventory for inspiration, telling us what you like about certain pieces that grab your attention.
We ask questions that help us to better understand what you have in mind. If you have a budget, let us know upfront. The more information you give us, the better we can serve you.
During this meeting, we verbalize some initial ideas. At this point, we also advise if there are any design fees for us to move forward.
One of our favorite clients, Byrson and his fianceé Desi came to us to transform a somewhat bulky and very traditional family heirloom ring with a five-carat diamond. His fiancée wanted something less traditional and showy, with a contemporary design to match her personal style.
2. Sketches of Your Custom Design
Our design process usually starts with a series of hand sketches. From there, we continue to refine the design, making alterations as necessary until we arrive at a final concept drawing that is approved.
Below are some of the initial sketches that we did for our customer, Bryson, and his fianceé, Desi. Drawing on the feel of several of the pieces that he had purchased for Desi in the past, notably our talon pendant and talon studs, Marion incorporated a similar aesthetic to create a design to showcase the stone and reflect Desi’s style.
Because of the size of the diamond, Desi asked about the possibility of two rings—one incorporating the larger stone and another smaller ring for every day. Marion proposed a set of “jackets”—smaller bands that could be worn both on their own or with the larger ring.
3. 3-D Modeling and Pre-Production of Your Custom Jewelry.
Once we have your approval on a final hand sketch, we determine the best way of making the design. Depending upon the design, we may be able to begin fabricating the piece directly from the hand sketch.
More often, as was the case for Bryson, we see fit to model the design digitally using 3-D software. This allows us, and the customer, to see what it would look like from every possible angle. We can even print a plastic model for the customer to try on! We are able to make edits and print it again until we are satisfied with the design.
- Using 3-D scanning, we obtained an accurate scan of the diamond, which enabled us to literally sculpt the setting around the stone.
- 3-D modeling software lends itself well to creating highly sculptural and organic forms, such as those we used in the design of Desi’s ring.
- 3-D modeling enabled us to make a very precise and snug fit between the ring and the jackets.
Step 4: Final Production of Your Custom Jewelry
Once finalized, the 3-D model is sent to our casting partners, who print the model in a castable wax. The wax is then used to cast the designs in metal by the lost wax process.
Next, the raw castings go to our expert jewelers, where the stones are set before finally being polished to perfection.