03 Aug Telling Your Story Through Custom Design
Jewelry portrays wonderful stories of who we are and each piece has significant meaning behind it. You may have a three-stone engagement ring that reminds you of your one true love. Or a gold bracelet that encapsulates your trip to Florence. However, there’s no better way to showcase your unique story than through custom jewelry.
A custom piece is more than engraving a ring with a few initials or creating a bracelet from a list of available options. It’s building a piece from scratch by crafting something entirely new. Perhaps you’ve always imagined having an engagement ring with fiery red rubies to symbolize your passion. Maybe you’ve wanted to repurpose the pearls from your grandmother’s necklace and put your own contemporary twist on it. Or perhaps you have an idea for a gorgeous pendant to represent your artistic personality. Whatever your vision, here are five steps to create your own custom masterpiece.
1. Dream Up Your Idea
The first step to the custom design process is visualizing the concept for your jewelry. Start by drawing a few sketches or jotting down your ideas. You could describe your vision to an artist friend and have them sketch it for you.
Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration and creating a Pinterest board of your favorite pieces can be a fantastic way to gather ideas. A simple Google image search can yield creative results as well.
At this stage, think about the metal and gemstones you’d like to incorporate into your design.
2. Meet Your Designer
The next step is to meet your jewelry designer and share your ideas. A professional designer can help you finesse your vision by suggesting metals, gemstones and design elements which will compliment your vision.
JewelSmiths has a legacy going back more than a century and our experienced designers would be happy to help you flesh out our ideas. We will organize the characteristics, colors, shapes, traits and stones which appeal to you, ensuring that you get exactly what you desire.
3. Fine-Tune Your Jewelry for the Perfect Design
Once you’ve finalized the concept with one of our designers, we’ll create a computer-aided design (CAD) of your piece. Through the wonder of CAD technology, your vision will begin to really take shape. On the screen, you’ll be able to see your jewelry from all angles and make changes in real-time.
When you’re happy with the CAD, we’re happy to create a wax model. This optional step allows you to try on your piece and inspect the finer details. Last minute adjustments can then be made until your vision is perfected.
Expect to return to the jewelry store a few times for revisions.
4. Get Ready for the Real Thing
The piece will be cast and finished only after you’ve given your final approval. At this point, it will finally come to life. The lustrous metal will be shined, textured and detailed according to your custom design. Each gem will be set with masterful care and quality. And after a final inspection, you’ll be presented with the custom jewelry of your dreams.
5. Mind the Business Details
Always remember the business details. Before the jewelry is made, get everything in writing from your jeweler. This will include what elements the jewelry will contain and both your responsibilities and the jeweler’s. You should have an appraisal done, which notes the piece is a custom design and lists you as the designer. A warranty must also be discussed and included.
It will be noted that from concept to completion, most custom jewelry designs take 3 to 4 weeks.
Bring Your Piece to Life at JewelSmiths
From ancient pharaohs to mighty queens, jewelry has conveyed unique stories since the beginning of human history. When you’re ready to embark on this journey, come into JewelSmiths. In our commission-free, low-pressure environment, our experienced designers can walk you through our process and learn what truly inspires you. At JewelSmiths, custom design is taken to a whole new level and our jewelry specialists are here to assist you every step of the way. We can’t wait to transform your remarkable idea into a dazzling reality.