Find out each step of the custom design process from a local Pittsburgh jeweler before you start shopping
If you’re on the market for a piece of custom jewelry, either for yourself or a loved one, then keep reading! Many people want custom jewelry — often for a special occasion like the holidays or a big anniversary — but aren’t sure how the process works. That’s why we’re detailing the 6 steps to take your imagination and turn it into a beautiful piece of jewelry. The process is most likely easier than you think! Let’s find out how you can design a custom piece in collaboration with your local Pittsburgh jeweler.
The first step to designing a custom piece of jewelry is booking a consultation. These appointments can take place virtually or in person and are usually about an hour long. When preparing for your consultation, make a list of the details you know you want included in your custom ring design. This could include the following:
During your consultation, you’ll meet with a Pittsburgh jeweler and discuss ideas for your piece. This can include the gemstones, precious metals, shapes, and style ideas of your custom design. During this initial consultation, the more information you can provide, the better!
The next step in the process is your initial design meeting. Once again, either over video call or in person, you’ll meet with your Pittsburgh jeweler to discuss the design and custom manufacturing process. In this meeting, you’ll get into some of the finer details about your piece. For example, you may be interested in using some elements from your current jewelry collection, such as a band or a gemstone.
You’ll also narrow down the different ideas you proposed in your initial meeting and make a final decision on the type of metal and gemstones you want. After the consultation, you and your jeweler should be on the same page about how the final product will look.
After your design meeting, your jeweler will get to work sketching your custom piece. Usually, you will get 3-5 options for different designs that you can choose from. It is important to remember at this stage that this is your design. If for some reason the sketches aren’t matching up with what you had in mind, this is the time to make your critiques heard. During the sketching phase, it is easy to make alterations to the design. So, don’t be afraid to tell your jeweler if you would like some changes made to your sketches.
Next up, it’s time to finalize your gemstone. There are a lot of different concerns jewelry buyers have when it comes to gemstones. To finalize your gemstone choice, your jeweler will take into account your budget, color, design, quality and source of the gem. During this meeting, you will be able to select the exact stone you want to use for your custom piece. Once again, if you aren’t seeing any stones you like, keep an open dialogue with your jeweler designer and they will be able to accommodate.
Now that you have finalized your preliminary sketches and gemstone, it’s time to start production. Using 3D technology, your jeweler will create a model of your ring and send your renderings. When viewing the rendering, you can view your piece from every angle to make sure that the final design is up to your standards. After approval, the designer will begin casting your ring in metal based on the 3D model. After the metal is casted, your jeweler will add the gemstone and begin polishing.
Once polishing is completed, your ring is ready for delivery! After you pick up your jewelry or piece has been delivered, you should expect a brief call from your jeweler. This conversation will go over the different aspects of your custom piece and how you should care for it. And that’s the last step! After your final meeting, the only thing left to do is enjoy your jeweler, either for yourself or for that special someone.
Designing a custom piece with a Pittsburgh jeweler is a big commitment, so you want to make sure you're in good hands. If you’re searching for a custom ring or necklace for a loved one, Lisa Marie Kotchey will assist you in finding the perfect match. Contact us today to get started designing the perfect piece of jewelry.