Custom-made jewelry is not as easy a purchase as going to a store, but it is far more worthwhile investment of time and money. A ready made piece will always have something that is not quite right, but a custom piece will be made entirely to specification, and the jeweler will not quit until the client is entirely satisfied. If you are considering getting involved in the process, but are not sure what that entails, this information is for you.
The first step is to contact a reputable jeweler and book a consultation. Come with an idea of what you would like, a budget and the types of stone and metals you would like to use. The first consultation is key in finding out if you and the jeweler are compatible. Proper compatibility will make the process far more effective and enjoyable for both parties. Once you, the client, have outlined the budget, we begin with the gemstones we will feature in the pieces. A good jeweler will get you the best stones for the best price. The setting and accents are built to make the stones more beautiful and those are finalized after the ideal gemstone or stones are chosen. Here we will be showing the custom pieces made with the first, second and fourth opals.
After the stones are chosen, we begin to formalize the sketches in the form of AutoCAD 3D models. Here we add the accent stones and any other embellishments the client wishes to see on the finished product. The beautifully stylized E is our trademark and is often used as part of the design.
When the dimensions, accents and overall design is to the client’s satisfaction, we use the 3D models to create a plastic 3D printed model. This plastic model is then used to create a wax or silicone model. The non-plastic model is refined by a craftsman to make a smoother gold model. The gold model is cast using the lost wax method to create a perfect replica. The final gold setting is also refined by a craftsman and readied for the stones. Watch the video below to see how lost wax casting works, but remember that we carve and cast every piece by hand, not using this commercial method.
The chosen stones are then set into the final setting and accent stones are set to accompany the stones. Below are the final custom pieces that we created using this process. Your piece will match you to a T and we will make sure you are perfectly happy with the final product.