Post # 1
Hello, bees! I have been searching (almost endlessly) for the perfect wedding band to go with my WG cathedral-set marquise. I thought I’d found something that might work, but I’m still pretty unsure about it (see my previous post from two weeks ago). I was browsing Etsy to see if there was anything there that I could have a jeweler replicate, and happened upon a man in BC who does custom work. He and I are discussing the details for the band. This is where your assistance is needed. I will be using the seven diamonds out of my late mother’s engagement ring. Do I send him the diamonds? How do I know that he’s trustworthy? Do I just give him the diamond dimensions, and then have the stones set once the band reaches me? He will be designing something that is completely like nothing I can find (5-6mm band with maple leaves, incorporating the diamonds) so it’s not like I can just have something made locally.
Post # 3
Did you look at his feedback? How long has he been a seller on Etsy? I would take a look at those things first.
Post # 4
That sounds like a design that another jeweler could not just stick the stones in and would be best he did it. I have sent my own stones to Etsy vendors without issue. Just ensure they have great feedback and a history.
Post # 5
The jeweler KNR on etsy (and ebay) is really great, he has a showroom in the LA jewelry distrct, totally trustworthy and loves custom making things
Post # 6
I have send stones to the Etsy goldsmith. I did insure the pacakge & put a tracker on it just to be certain it makes it there. They merchant had fantastic feedback and responded to all my correspondace with great care and in a timely fashion. I felt comfortable dealing with them. If you have that feeling in your gut that something is not quite right, go with another goldsmith. There are so many good ones.
The main consideration aside from quality work, could be how easy it is to work with that person on a custom design. When I contacted several vendors with inquiries, some were friendly, some were abrupt as if they don’t want your business. It narrowed down the field to a handful who I like and who could do the design. I personally preferred “The Vintage Goldsmith” to “Laurie Sarah Designs “& “EidelPrecious”. All three have quality work & great feedback. I just didn’t feel at ease with the other goldsmiths. You have to send a lot of sketches/e-mails back and forth while you are working out the details of the ring, you need to like the communication style of that person.
(Is is possible to post a custom order request and see which vendors respond?)
Post # 7
This may be late, but I highly recommend Masterjeweler on etsy. https://www.etsy.com/transaction/88655792
This is what he did for me!
Post # 8
I contacted RareEarth because she works with morganite and sapphire but she said she wasn’t available to create anything custom until 2014. 2014?! All I wanted was one of her designs in round instead of cushion cut. Oh well, moved onward.
I liked the concept of EidelPrecious’ designs and the inspiration for the custom design we ultimately went with came from the color palettes she uses. However, we opted not to go with this Etsy seller for a variety of reasons. 1) We weren’t impressed with the quality of the melees she uses in all of her designs, 2) she couldn’t source the stone we needed in the right cut or carat, 3) there were design flaws that we thought could be more refined, especially with regard to the goldsmithing.
Ultimately, we found a jeweler while randomly perusing Jeweler’s Row. She is fantastic and although the stone we wanted is hard to find and it did take a few weeks of searching, they did find us the right one with the perfect color, cut, and size. Looking back, I am really glad that we did not work with a jeweler online. It really helps to be able to visit in person, try things on, and work on concept sketches together, etc. We were also able to inspect the quality of her designs and the stones she uses firsthand and that was important to us too.