Most jewellery that has a back story is a custom design. If you’re considering gifting someone with a custom piece that’s unique and can carry its own story from generation to generation, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Engagement rings are one of the most common custom designs and incorporate a mix of different elements, including metal, diamonds, band style and gemstones. Using these elements, it’s possible to create a ring that’s as unique as your relationship.
Why Go the Custom Jewellery Design Route?
Before you go ahead with a custom design, it helps to understand the benefits and trade-offs of going this route.
Let’s start with some of the benefits:
- Your custom piece will reflect your personal style, interests and values
- There won’t be any other ring or piece of jewellery quite like yours out there
- A custom design is a conversation starter for years
- There’s always the option to create matching rings, necklaces or bracelets
Next, let’s look at the potential trade-offs:
- A custom design can be slightly pricier, depending on what you want to do
- If you’re after quite an intricate design, it can take a lot longer to produce a custom piece
- The process requires a good deal of collaboration but if you’re working with the right designer, this won’t be an issue
- In many instances, you won’t be able to see or touch the piece until it’s completely finished
Understanding the Custom Jewellery Design Process
The specifics of the process will differ slightly for everyone but here is a general idea of what you can expect:
Sketching Your Idea
If you want to go the custom route, it means you should have a design in mind. If you simply want something unique, you can always shop around for something that appeals to you. If you think you can put a basic sketch together, do so before seeing a designer. If you’re not sure that you can accurately sketch a design, you could always describe it to your designer. If you are going this route, make sure that you can accurately describe what you’re looking for.
Search for the Right Designer
Next, you want to take your time to find a designer who specialises in the metal, stones and style you’re interested in. If you can, ask for referrals from those who have gone through this process before and are happy with the results. While it’s important for you to get along with a designer, it’s essential that you ask to see their previous work too.
Now that you have a design and a trusted jewellery designer, you can start discussing a timeline. Before the physical design process starts, make sure that you’ve seen an illustration of what it will look like. If you have any questions during this process, don’t be afraid to ask them. Your designer has several years of knowledge and should be able to give you all the information you need to feel comfortable throughout the process.
Ask about Warranties and Guarantees
If you’re going to be working on a custom design, ask your designer to put the details of the design in writing. This should include the elements you agreed on as well as a final appraisal that outlines the design and designer. Lastly, don’t forget to insure your custom piece of jewellery.
The custom jewellery design process doesn’t need to be complicated. Speak to us if you have any additional questions about what to expect.