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From Concept to Reality: Custom Jewelry Design Guide


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Many people have a certain style of jewellery that suits them, or they may have an idea of a piece that they would like but can’t find it anywhere. This is when designing an item of custom jewellery is perfect.

The good news is it’s not nearly as difficult as it could be, and we’re here to help you out with our step-by-step guide to tackling this project.

Decide what you’re after

The first step in designing the perfect piece of custom jewellery is to decide what you’re after. Since you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve already made up your mind or have a general idea of what you want. If not, you should ask yourself such questions such as:

  • Is this piece for me or someone else?
  • Is it for a specific occasion (wedding, anniversary, memorial, etc.)?
  • Do I know what specific piece I’m after (ring, brooch, earrings, bracelet, necklace, pendant, etc.)?
  • Am I familiar with the styles available or need to research this?
  • Is this for everyday wear or special occasions?

Set a budget

Once you’ve determined the purpose of your custom piece and the basic requirements, it’s time to figure out what your budget is. If you’re not on a super tight budget (which you shouldn’t be because you’re buying jewellery!), then it’s time to figure out what the price ranges are.

If jewellery is completely foreign to you, start out by checking out the listings on some widely known jewellers’ websites. For starters, check out Australian Diamond Brokers, Bulgari, Tiffany, and Cartier.

Get a price quote

Once you have a pretty solid idea of what it is you’re after and a specific piece/design to compare with, it’s time to call up the jewellers. For most people, doing a local search will yield enough results, but if you live in a more remote region of the world, it may be necessary to search for jewelers in the closest major cities near you.

Ask specific questions about the type of materials available, sourcing of metals and precious stones, level of customisation, timeframes, and hidden fees. And be sure to take notes so you have some figures to compare with later on. Once you have a few examples, choose your favoured two or three jewellery designers.

Pick a designer

Now that you’ve got your budget and top three designers, it’s time to make some in-person visits to pick a winner. The main things you need to negotiate will be price and timeframe. Pick amounts of time and money that are acceptable to both parties.

Work with the designer

Somethings things don’t go exactly to plan in the world of custom jewellery, as in life, so be sure to work with your designer as hiccups arise. You should work closely with them on the final design, and ensure that you are given approval before the creation of the piece is begun.

by Australian Diamond Brokers : January 8th 2015 Come visit our store or browse our website to find out more.