soymilk: It feels like a super long wait, but hopefully the time will fly by for you so that you have your ring on your finger (and are able to tell everyone — yay!) in what feels like no time at all.
It wasn’t for my ERing, but I did the whole custom thing a couple of months ago (over the summer). I worked with David Klass and, like a PP, communicated with him only via email. My understanding is that you can also call his shop, but I never needed to. I didn’t have many changes, and what I wanted was pretty simple. So from start to finish it was only about a month. It took him a couple of weeks to make the CAD (no drawings), and the rest of the time to make my ring. And it was done in exactly the amount of time he originally quoted.
Honestly, I’m thrilled with the final result. I only had a half-baked idea of what I wanted, so I didn’t give him much guidance at all. I told him I wanted a solitaire with a scrollwork basket and sent him one picture of a scrollwork band that I have and love. But that was it. So, considering that I gave him basically no guidance at all, I’m still amazed at how he got it so exactly, perfectly “right” for me.
I don’t have pictures of the CADs on my laptop, and my desktop is off being fixed. But here’s the ring DK made for me. It’s a London Blue Topaz set in 14K rose gold. (And I’ve spammed the heck out of it all over these boards — ha, ha! *sorrynotsorry* )
While I was waiting for the CADs, it felt like FOREVER, even though it was only a couple of weeks. (I can say “only” now, because it’s all behind me — lol.) I tried to help the wait along by looking at tons and tons of ring porn here on WB. And on the internet, in general, too. Because I knew I was using London Blue Topaz, I tried to find all sorts of images of jewelry with that particular stone. And, I played around a LOT on Gemvara, “creating” different pieces. Pretty much anything to occupy my brain when it would start niggling and worrying over the whole custom process and whether or not everything was going to turn out OK.
Once I got the CADs, it was such a rush of excitement. After that, I looked at those pictures obsessively while waiting for the finished product.