Custom jewelry is a great way to personalized a piece of jewelry for you or your loved one. We create custom jewelry weekly for our customers. We have done all types of pieces in all types of stones, metals, and styles. Below are some frequently asked questions and some examples of custom design pieces. If you are interested in speaking with our custom jewelry representative, Eileen, please contact her at 412-281-1789 or submit your request to us online.
Q: Is custom-made jewelry more expensive than something that is already in the store?
A: Depending on the degree of work involved custom work can be 10%-15% more than something already created. However, by having a custom piece, you are not only going to have a one-of-a-kind piece, but you will also be able to personalize it to the individual.
Q: Can I use my own gemstones and metal?
A: Gemstones are commonly used in custom pieces. They add a personal touch to the new piece with something from a previously made piece. Metal on the other hand is a different story. Reusing metal is not recommended. Sometimes when metal is reused, it can become brittle and porous and does not make for a sturdy piece. To keep sentimental value entact, it may be possible to use a small piece of metal and incorporate it into your new piece.
This is a case-by-case basis and is left to the discresion of the custom artist.
Q: What is the process to make a custom piece of jewelry?
A: The custom artist will draw a sketch of the piece based on your specifications given to our custom representative, Eileen. After you approve the sketch, the artist will make a 3D wax of the piece. Any changes you would like to have made should be done at this stage. The artist will continue working with the wax until you approve. Once approved, he will cast the piece, set the stones and you will have your finished product.
Q: How long does the custom process take?
A: Depending upon the complexity and the number of changes thoughout the design process and degree of difficultly in the piece’s design, it can take as little as 2½ weeks, to as many as 5.