Post # 1
It has been so lovely reading everyone’s posts and educating myself (since I’m a total jewelery/wedding newbee).
My SO and I will be taking an heirloom bracelet and converting it into an engagement ring. The problem is, neither of us know the first thing about jewelery. And, we live across the country from family, so it’s not like there is some family jeweler close by that we know we can trust.
Any advice on how to find a jeweler you trust and who will do a beautiful and quality job? Important for two reasons: 1) we want to love the ring 2) they will be working with a very sentimental heirloom!
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I did a lot of online research when we were looking for a jeweler. If you live in or near a big city, this is the way to go. Another option is to find someone whose jewelery you typically love and ask them for recommendations. Keep in mind what’s important to you. You’re working with an heirloom and want it to be done right, so make sure the jeweler seems confident about that. It’s okay to meet with a few jelewers before you decide.
Post # 4
I would just go visit a bunch and scout them out, ask them what type of work they usually do, ask to see some examples, etc.
When we started jewelry shopping, we didn’t really like most of the options we saw for wedding bands, and I’m not big on rings to begin with so I didn’t want a regular engagement ring, certainly not a diamond. We decided that we would go the custom route and design a set of bands, and I would just wear mine as an engagement ring for the time being and as the wedding ring later. So we scouted a number of area jewelry stores and narrowed it down to two that do a lot of custom work. Both shops showed us examples of rings that we thought were really beautiful, and one of them became the springboard for the rings that we eventually ended up designing and having made (at the same place where we saw the ring that gave us the inspiration).
Not sure where you’re located, but, if you’re curious, the place where we got ours done was Jewelers’ Workshop in Madison, Wis. The “runner up” where we probably would have gone had we not gone with them was Studio Jewelers, also in Madison. Both places have beautiful stuff. We were really happy with the whole process working with Jewelers Workshop. They were professional, creative, and excited about our project from start to finish, and we were absolutely delighted with the end product.
Post # 5
Thanks for your replies, @KCKnd2 and maryaz.
Great advice! Already started researching It makes for a very productive day at work! 🙂