Custom design jewelry… the idea congers up many strange thoughts. We are finding out that many people don’t understand the process and how easy it can be to do. Custom design has many misunderstandings. The first one is custom design jewelry is always very expensive. No, this is simply not true. Custom design jewelry can be very affordable. We have done Custom designs that have saved our clients thousands of dollars over designer jewelry.
To help over come many of the misunderstandings I am using a question — answer style of article. This means I will not answer all your question so please call or come in to get a better understanding of custom design jewelry. You can see many of the examples of designs and waxes and final jewelry pieces. The process is very fun and enjoyable. Let’s start the discussion.
Do I have to be a jewelry designer to have a ring custom designed?
NO. We are the expert jewelry designers. You are the expert in what you like. Putting these two experts together is the fun part.
I don’t know what I want?
Don’t worry, we have a system to discover what you want. It is a simple way to find out what you like and then put it together just for you. Jewelry has many small parts but most people just see the whole thing. Like a car, it looks the way it looks the way it looks, but break it apart and then you see what it is. For example, the headlight shape and position, the size and angle of the windshield, the front fenders and even down to the door handles and windshield wipers all have an impact on the car’s look. Now if you could put all the parts together from the different cars you like, it would look great to you. They can’t build a car just for you, but we can build a ring just for you.
What style should I choose?
Jewelry style can give people a great sense of dread or be totally irrelative. What is in fashion? What are the trend setters wearing? These are the heart and soul of many people and jewelry stores. Some jewelry stores only sell what is currently in style and if you don’t like it that’s tough. Jewelry fashion changes every season just like clothes do. What’s hot now will not be next season. Some trends are long like the white gold and platinum look which has been going on for over seven years now. The current design look with every surface of the ring left enhanced looks great when done right. When done wrong looks too busy, baroque, or garish. A couple of seasons ago the opposite look was in vogue (literally also), a simple clean bright finish geometric shape ring designs. Yes, we keep up with the fashions of the day. To our clients who want the cutting edge fashion statement, we can help you design a very in vogue ring.
Jewelry styles does last longer then a hemline. We do many redesigns because a certain style was predominate in the jewelry stores when they brought their ring, but they were not ever very happy with it. Custom design, I feel, is the best way to achieve a personal preference in jewelry regardless of the current trends. If you want a five stone diamond ring and not a three stone ring, it can be done. If you want a complicated top of ring but not the sides, it can be done. If you want diamonds everywhere, down the shank, on the sides, on the prongs, and even inside (yes we have set diamonds inside) it can be done. Jewelry and wedding rings in particular are heirloom quality and can last decades and even centuries. Many styles will come and go and even come back again in the lifetime of a well designed ring. Jewelry design for a personal taste will be enjoyed for many years or at least until the person’s taste changes, then its redesign time.
Jewelry style has another aspect. Jewelry as art… . Some jewelry designs can only be described as art. If you have a piece of jewelry art in mind and need a way to express it, we can help. With the computer jewelry design system we can make your vision become a reality. This is one of those times when technology can fulfill the desire deep within you. If you want a piece of jewelry art, our designs are more then willing to create a masterpiece for you.
Why do we need to make a wax model?
The process of making jewelry involves a wax model. The jewelry is designed in wax, then the wax is put into a mold of plaster. The plaster mold is heated and the wax melts out and makes room for the gold or other metal to be pored into the void. Then the plaster is broken away and the jewelry is made. This operation is called the lost wax jewelry process.
Is custom design better then mass-produced jewelry?
Generally speaking it is better. At Arden Jewelers we make sure it is. The way we make the custom design jewelry, we know it is better. We have gemologists and trained jewelry designers along with bench jewelers all collaborating to design the best jewelry. Our jewelry designs are made to last. We use more pure noble metal then mass-produced jewelry. We design into the piece strong gem setting features. We think about years of use not just the display in our designs.
Can I make platinum custom design jewelry?
Yes, you can have the jewelry made in platinum, or14 karat gold or even sterling silver. We can make your jewelry in many different types of gold like 9, 10 14, 18, 22, 24 karat gold. The gold can be white or yellow or even red or green. We can make two tone white and yellow or red and white. For that matter, if you want we can put all four colors of gold in your design. If you want an unusual karat of gold like 19, we can do that as well. We even have at least three different qualities of white gold to choose from. If you are allergic to some types of gold we can work with you to find one you are not allergic to.
Custom design sounds very complicated?
Yes, it is to us, but not you. We make your part very easy. We just ask questions about what you want and we know what it takes to make that happen. If you don’t like white gold that looks yellowish, we know how to fix that. If you don’t want the ring to slide around, we can fix that. Custom design is about the jewelry you like and we work out the details to make your dreams come true.