Post # 1
In another post I mulled over my dilemma of not being able to find a celtic knot style ring in white gold that wasn’t wayyy over budget. I was thinking of getting a cheapy sterling silver ring to hold me over until I can get the finances together to buy the gold one… but why wait when you have ETSY at your finger tips?!
I’ve posted an Alchemy request and I’ve heard from a few people that want to make a ring for me (some within my price range, some way over)
But I’m a little nervous about trusting someone I can’t meet in person with this task. How do I know it will be real solid white gold? What if it doesn’t turn out like I wanted… do I have to suck it up and keep a ring I don’t like?
Has anyone had any experiences getting custom jewelry/rings from etsy? Can you recommend any specific sellers you trust, or some you wouldn’t? Any tips on what to discuss with the seller to make sure there are no horrible surprises?
Post # 3
I have not gotten jewelry but I used alchemy to get my masks for the reception, and they turned out lovely. I would just say if you go that route, ask for work samples before you take the deal. I also ask for sketches of the idea. Everything I’ve done this way has turned out great– just keep an open mind and dont expect it to be exactly what you envision.
Post # 4
@PaperCrane: I used Adzia for custom earrings for my MOH’s gift. She had a ring that I liked and wanted the center to become studs. She was great at communicating with me (although she’s popular on weddingbee now so a bit busy!). She did Miss Stripes’ rings so you might want to take a look at her posts. She did a CAD drawing of it before she made it, I’m not sure if this is typical for her big purchases or not. Maybe you could ask Miss Stripes more about it. I would say her prices aren’t “cheap” but fair and very good quality with lifetime warranty. In general I would always read feedback for etsy sellers and never use someone with few sales, etc.
Post # 5
I second Adzia. Beautiful work.
Post # 6
thank you. I’ve reached out to Adzia. Does anyone else have any tips or seller suggestions?
Post # 7
FI’s ring is being designed by Etsy seller QuiltedPony. My ring is coming from Green Lake Jewelers (Seattle). The former customized a design I particularly liked. He has sent pics of the wax model and we could have had the model itself to see if we liked it. Green Lake Jewelers has a great website and the reputation of a commercial establishment. They have numerous designers and a lot of sample rings online. Because they’re near my parents I was able to go in and look at various rings and pick the precise shape I wanted. They also do CAD and wax models. If you have a similar place near you consider having a local designer.
Post # 8
@rachelss: Thanks for the ideas. I love the rings on quilted pony, I bet your FI will get an awesome ring! But it looks like he will be out of my price range too :-/ ::sigh::
My future-step-father-in-law owns a jewelery findings com,pany and has lots of connections so when I see him this weekend I’ll see if he can point me in the direction of a good craftsman. I’d rather do business of this importance in person anyway but I thought it would be worth a shot to check out etsy.
Post # 9
I used etsy for my husband’s ring and the jewler was wonderful to work with – she resized the ring free of charge after he decided it was too tight on him. I’d have to dig up the name, but its always a good idea to check out their reviews and policies.
Post # 10
I bought a custom ring from etsy. I had a vague idea of what I wanted but nothing specific. My jeweler did 5 different CAD drawings so that I could see a bunch of options and I chose one after making a few changes. They just sent me picture of my ring which is newly back from casting, and it looks EXACTLY like the drawing I chose. Now all they need to do is add the diamonds and I should have it in 10 days or so. I can’t wait!!
My etsy jeweler is danielmjewelry and they have been FABULOUS to work with!! EXTREMELY reasonable pricing.
My advice would be:
1. Never pay for everything up-front. You can put down a deposit but only pay the full amount once you have approved a design.
2. Go to a brick and motor jeweler and get sized for the style you are designing. My band ended up being 1/2 size bigger than my engagement ring size because it is wider and my finger gets fatter towards the knuckle
3. Never feel back asking to see more options. You’ll be wearing it forever, so it should be perfect!
Below are pictures of the drawing I approved and my cast ring. It will have diamonds all the way around both sides and a few bezzel set in the middle.
Post # 11
I’ve had amazing experiences purchasing custom jewellery on Etsy. One of my wedding bands (I am having two wedding bands as I am going to wear my engagement ring on my right hand post wedding) and my engagement ring are from Etsy. I have a local jeweller who checked them out and thought they were extremely well crafted. Just make sure you check feedback and go with someone reputable. I love both mine sooo much!
engagement ring from drndesigns
wedding ring from davidandrewdesign (sorry for the poor quality shot)
Post # 12
That ring is GORGEOUS….I’ve been looking for something similar for my FI. Now I know where to go. If you don’t mind me asking (or maybe you can give me a range) around how much did it cost?
Post # 13
It was $950. I checked with local jewelers, including the one who made my engagement ring, and they quoted me between $2,000-$3,000 to do the same idea.
They just sent me pictures of the ring with the diamonds set. I can’t believe how amazing it turned out. I can’t wait to get it next week!!
Post # 14
What a lovely ring. I’m sure you will be forever happy.
Post # 15
I (yes, I) got my engagement ring custom made by a jeweler on Etsy. I recommend checking out the sellers’ feedback and ratings. Also, when you PM them about your request, you can often get a feel for their level of professionalism and expertise.
From personal experience, I can recommend seller Jujubysarah. She designed (with inspiration from me) and made my ring (and will soon make my matching band) well within budget–for much less than a comparable ring would cost from a major retailer.
Post # 16
I love Etsy! PSodhi made my engagement ring (Mr. Charmed and I picked it out together… well, okay, I said, I love this one, and he got it… ha!) and I am desperately in love with it. Her work is lovely and delicate and very speedy for a custom piece (three weeks including shipping). It’s a beautiful ring and just exactly what I wanted. If you want something really reasonable price-wise but still want to get something entirely unique (not to mention supporting small artisans), get on over to Etsy!