The Journey of Custom Jewelry

Updated: May 3, 2021

Custom jewelry has been one of our specialties since the beginning. Learn the ins and outs and why it is not something to shy away from. Whether you are hands on or hands off during all or part of the process, it's not as daunting as you may think.

To summarize, here are the seven steps of the custom jewelry journey. Read below to learn more about each one.

1. Goal

2. Sketch

3. Budget & Balance

4. Model

5. Production

6. Reality

Goal for the Gold

Just like most process in life, start with defining and determining your goal. In the case of custom fine jewelry, this goal just happens to be a most precious and treasured piece of fine jewelry. No matter what the item, define what it is that you want. Ask yourself questions like, “Where do I plan on wearing my new treasure?” These are important for both you and your trusted jeweler in order to make the process as seamless as possible.

Hand sketched design by a customer. He was an engineer so don't think yours has to be this good.

Sketching, 1, 2, 3

Once you have an idea of the kind of jewelry piece you want to end up with, gather images and examples that inspired you. For those pursuing a truly unique and one of a kind piece, this may mean uncovering your inner-child and sketching it out. Or if you feel you lack the ability to successfully sketch what you have designed in your head, sit down with your trusted jeweler and ask for them to help. Any custom jewelry designer should be willing to sit down with you and help bring a preliminary deign to life with no up front costs or commitment regardless of budget; from a $15,000 cocktail anniversary ring or a $500 bracelet to commemorate your daughters high school graduation. Sure this first design may not be a Picasso, but this is essential for keeping everyone on the same page from the beginning.

Don't fret if you need to adjust your design. Do so until it is right.

The Two B’s: Budget & Balance

Once you have your sketch, a more precise price can be discussed. This is a key step for both you and designer which can prevent any surprises down the line. There should really only be one surprise and that comes later, when the gift is unwrapped. Don’t worry about disparity here either. If your design came out more or even less than you budgeted, revise it until you have the right version for the right price.

We can't wait to see the look on your face when viewing the model for the first time.