Post # 1
I saw a girl talking about her one-of-a-kind custom piece of jewelry that no one else has, but… (I work at a jewelry store) one of our manufacturers actually makes the same exact piece; I don’t believe it to be one of those ‘similar’ styles. I would be so extremely upset if I was told my piece was a one of a kind, and then it turned out to not be. Of course, I’m not the one to say anything, so I will not say who it is or point it out, but I would just be so horribly upset though! I was just interested in seeing if anyone has run into something like this before where you know someone, or yourself, to have believed it was so extremely unique and then it not be.
Post # 3
Do you know for a fact that every detail is in fact the same? That she didn’t change something? There are a lot of rings out there that look similar.
Case in point, my ring and wedding bands were 100% custom made down to the last detail but there is another bee (finally!) that has a similar but not identical ring.That doesn’t mean mine wasn’t custom made.
Post # 4
@erinbacher: I agree I would be pretty upset about if they told me it was one of kind..
Post # 5
I have two friends that are engaged and their ring was “custom made.” They look exactly like what I’ve seen in jewelry stores.
Post # 6
That’s what I always wonder about custom pieces. Even here on WB I’ve seen a few “CUSTOM ring!” posts, and for the most part they look totally average and not one-of-a-kind at all (Unless it’s a flowery design, or something super modern). Maybe the lady got the head raised or lowered, or a surprise diamond put in? Then I guess it would be custom, right?
Post # 7
@GoldfishPie: That is a good point.
My custom ring doesn’t have any really out of the box ideas but it is as I said custom. We couldn’t find any larger center stone oval halos and I ended up wanting a twisted shank so we threw that in too. Again, all typical ideas but put them together and there wasn’t a ring out there available. So custom doesn’t have to be outlandish or over the top it might just be a variation of what is already on the market.
Post # 8
Maybe it was a “great minds think alike” thing. Many rings look superficially similar, but if you have an eye for certain elements, those tiny variations can make all the difference. Even a fraction of an mm of thickness at a certain point, or a slightly different angle on a curve, can result in a different look and “feel,” to the wearer/person really interested in that ring, but at a causal glance, another person who is less interested might think “they’re identical.”
Then again, the person my have been lied to, but if it was custom designed, weren’t they the ones that specified the design?
Post # 9
I really wanted a ring that I could pick out of a lineup. Not the same (albeit gorgeous) solitare with halo that I see on everyone at work. I decided to go with a 1920s OEC estate piece that I LOVE. I searched all around the country for a the perfect ring and Fiance just *happened* to have a business trip 1000 miles away in this city. In my search I found rings with similar elements, but not exactly like this one (my hand engraving is soooo pretty).
That all being said, I would be really disappointed if I met someone with my exact same ring. Super crushed.
Post # 10
I know that for me it would be almost impossible to tell custom from mass produced. Additionally, what one jeweler makes custom might be standard for another maker, so the ring might actually be custom but look identical to another brand’s style.
And when push comes to shove, there are only so many ways to style metal and stones in a ring. Anything anyone considers “custom” was probably made by someone in the past, even if they’ve never seen it. There are very few “new” ideas in rings. And while a ring might be custom made to have a certain number of stones (because of the significance of that number or what-not), or some other small detail, the wearer has to realize that their ring WILL look just like someone else’s because no one else will see the hidden stone or count the number of stones.
In the technical sense, my ring was “custom”. Why? because it was made in a metal it didn’t originally come in. Does that make it truly “custom” in my eyes and do I expect that anyone else would notice? Of course not. Few other people are as obsessed with our jewelry as we are.
Post # 11
Being a gal with large fingers to me custom made also meant getting it made for my finger (not resized) and making it comfort fit (rounded in the inside) and cutting out metal on the sides. small things that aren’t visible for a lot of people but made a lot of difference to me.
It also meant selecting every stone. In NZ u generally don’t see settings that are D-F, VS unless u go down the custom route
Post # 12
Rule #1 of “custom”
Picking a band, picking a basket, and picking a diamond and assembling them all together to make a ring does NOT a custom ring make. You’re just picking from machine fabbed columns A, B & C.
When that ring designed from scratch, hand carved from wax and cast, and finished by an artist…now THAT’s a custom ring in my eyes.
Either way, the result will probably be gorgeous. Some ppl like perfection (think Tacori) and some ppl like that artist’s touch (think Laurie Sarah).
ETA: I’d be pretty upset if I saw someone out there with my exact same custom ring, but I don’t think that will happen.
Post # 13
This a problem on Etsy. There are a some vendors that sell “custom one-of-a-kind” settings. In reality they’re selling Chinese settings they bought for half the price. A quick ebay search can usually confirm this. It sucks that Etsy doesn’t really police this, because it screws over the Jewelers who actually do custom work.
Post # 14
I have a friend who thinks her ring was custom made…. all he did was pick the diamond from a selection at the store!
Post # 15
@abirdword: I’ve seen many posts about this! 🙁
@Eight6Eleven: +1 This is how I see it. I think that there are completely different ends of the spectrum for having a “custom” piece. While, yes, your ring may have to be custom made for a particular ring size if it’s large or quite small like @mestisanz had mentioned, or in a different metal for @echomomm, I believe that to be the very low end of the spectrum per say. Let’s say your jeweler pulled out a catalog of mountings, heads, etc and shows you some diamonds to choose from. Sure, I consider that custom, but still on the lower end because your still choosing from designs that anyone else can order out of that catalog. Now, like you said, if it’s a complete brand new CAD/CAM piece that you, or someone else, designed, a wax was cut for, and then cast then I see that as a ‘real’ custom piece.
@Strawberryfarmer: How lucky!!
@joya_aspera: +1 In my personal opinion, I think this person was told a fib, exaggerated to. For example about this particular manufacturer, they will send out samples that are made up in sterling silver and cz to their retail outlets so that customers can actually try on the rings, but without the stores having a very large overhead for that line. If the customer likes a particular ring then the manufacturer will cast it for them if they don’t already have one in stock, but it’s not like it’s once that particular style is sold then they stop selling it. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of retailers across the US have this line. So, if it has to be cast just for that order then I can see where the person would consider it a custom piece, but I wouldn’t consider it one-of-a-kind because, like I said, they keep producing the same piece.
@Treejewel19: Without seeing her ring to look at every single feature on it and compare it to the one we have then no I’m not 100% exactly positive. Say she did ‘custom’ make her ring, there is still another design that looks EXACTLY like it out there. Therefore, I wouldn’t consider it a ‘one-of-a-kind’ design/piece. I personally think maybe she was told that it was custom designed for her, and in fact I don’t think it was.