The Custom Design Process

From one-of-a-kind gems to hand crafted jewelry, each of our items is unique. But if you just can’t find what you want in our case, or you want a very specific item made, you may be a candidate for the custom design process. Click on the below links to view images of past custom work or to watch custom-design CAD videos!

The Custom Design Process

We offer two types of custom design services. The first service we offer is the hand drawn sketch and lost-wax casting process- the way jewelry has been made for hundreds of years. In this process, we draw a design by hand, then a wax mold is hand carved based on this design and the mold is then used to cast the item in the chosen metal. This process works best for more simple designs, or for designs that require custom finish work to be done by hand. The second service we offer is computer aided design (CAD) software with the lost-wax process at the end. In this process, we use a computer to generate a sketch of the item, then 3D printers and laiths are used to make the wax prior to it being cast using state-of-the-art equipment. This process works best for complex designs, or for those who want the option to view an "image" of the item before we carve the wax. Both processes produce excellent results, and it is often up to the designer you work with to choose which process will work best in a given circumstance.

How Does It Work?

1: Schedule A Free Design Consultation

Bring us your ideas, wish list, and photos of things you like; and be inspired by designs and gems we have on hand. Our designers can give advice and work collaboratively with you to hone your ideas!

2: We Develop A Drawing And Wax Of Your Item

We will work with you until the drawing accurately reflects your desired piece, then build a wax mold for you to view in person. Once this is approved, we provide a price quote.

3: We Create Your Design

Once you approve the wax and decide on the materials in the piece, our craftsman hand make your item. Once you approve the final piece, we send it to an independent appraiser so that you can insure your cherished item.