At soldering deck (one aspect of fabricating or repairing jewelry)
Applying final finish to jewelry at polishing bench
I work with clients to create heirloom-quality jewelry. I have developed a design style over the years and many customers opt for giving me free rein in designing their jewelry pieces. Others may request variations of designs they've seen elsewhere or may bring me antique pieces they want reproduced.
An important part of my business is redesigning diamond wedding rings and remounting loose stones or recycling inherited jewelry. I work in all karats and colors of gold and platinum.
Some of the processes used in creating custom jewelry are:
- Lost wax casting
- Buying & selling diamonds and other custom-cut gems
- Stone faceting and stone setting
- Insurance replacement & appraisals
- Polishing & finishing
- Hand engraving
This is a description of the standard procedures involved in commissioning a piece of custom jewelry.
- Initial meeting
- Visit the studio or discuss your desired piece via phone or e-mail
- Determine type of metal to be used (yellow/white gold, platinum)
- Determine gemstones to be used, if desired (size, shape, type of mineral, quality & price range)
- If needed, order gemstones for client approval
- Discuss style or design of piece (geometric, art deco, curvilinear art nouveau, etc.)
- Approval of prepared model or sketch, estimate finalized
- Completion of piece
- Finished piece picked up at studio or sent via registered mail
Standard Payment Policy
A minimum 50% downpayment is required upon design approval with the balance due after receipt and approval of the finished piece. The cost of the final piece includes design and manufacturing time, cost of gemstones and precious metal, shipping and tax, where applicable. Methods of payment include approved personal check, Visa, Mastercard and cash.