Post # 1
I always read ring posts. It’s like my thing even if I don’t comment on them. Anyway, one day I was reading through the ring posts and I came across something interesting/ surprising/ odd. I’m not certain how I feel about what I read…
A Bee was talking about having a ring cusom designed. It was a cushion double halo if I remember right. As I read on she stated that something like a contract was signed with her jewelry designer which stated the jewelry designer could nor replicate that design again for anyone else. I am very aware there are different prongs, engravings, etc that can go into rings. The thing that struck me as odd or surprising is that the jewelry designer stated he would not make this again in a contract form signed by the Bee and the designer. Looking at the ring I’ve seen others that were very simular.
And the thing is what does – I won’t make this for anyone again mean? Does it mean if you place the prongs 1 cm in the oposite direction its different. What if you make it in rose gold and not white gold or 10kt instead of 14kt? Is that okay? Is it different if its an H colored diamond instead of a K colored diamond? What constitutes ‘different’ in this type of agreement?
I do feel it would be quite difficult if not impossible for a designer to say that would never do that design for anyone again. How would a designer promise such a thing?
I myself have a solitaire that was custom designed. And ya its special because my stone is deeper than most and its not a perfect square cushion. So, it was a pain to even make a solitarie for. And my prongs are in fact extra thick so I don’t have to have double prongs. My designer and I went round and round about how thick I wanted my band both the thickness and the width. We argued about everything. So, is it special? Ya! But, for my designer to say he would never make it again for anyone would not be the truth.
What do Bee’s think about a designer saying he won’t make your design for anyone ever again in a contract?
Post # 2
For me, it’s more about what i think of a person who would insist on this contract and what an exaggerated sense of self-importance they must have. I wouldn’t give a second’s thought to the designer.
Post # 3
Yes, I love jewelry of all kinds. If it sparkles I will slap it on my finger and be happy. I do prefer unique pieces if I can get my hands on them. But, just to think a designer made me a piece and promised me he would not make it for anyone else is kinda odd. I don’t know. Maybe I’m looking at it the wrong way.
Post # 4
Maybe it meant that the designer would destroy the mold that made that particular ring? So if another customer came along, they could choose to pick the same design elements, though that would be rare to want the exact same details, unless they had a picture of the original ring, so it would not be EXACTLY the same?
Maybe she didn’t want to see her ring on the designer’s etsy page to be sold to others, as a stock ring, for example. (I’m throwing out all kinds of hypotheticals here . . . )
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - Merritt Winery
I had a custom ring created. My jeweler explained to me that some people do like the idea of having a unique piece. Some even get angry when they see a piece that looks like theirs. I think the real idea behind this is the jeweler is saying that they do not cast the actual mold. When a custom piece is created, it is first a wax mold. There is then a process that involves the metal and sand (I am not sure of the exact process.) The wax is melted away, leaving no actual cast of the custom piece. So, someone could design a ring that looks exactly like mine, let’s say. It could come out seemingly identical after the wax process. But, it would not be an exact replica because there is really no way of 100% duplicating a handmade item.
Post # 7
Yeah I remember that post. Her problem with the jewler was that one of her best friends, if not her best friend was getting engaged and wanted her exact same ring. She was pissy because the ring had a fleur de lis on the inside and that represented blah blah blah. Yeah.
If you create a custom piece, I don’t think there is a way to recreate it 100% again, at least not with your same mold. They use wax molds that melt once they get the metal shaped.
But you never know, someone may walk into the store and design a ring that is identical. Then there is nothing you can do about it.