(Closed) Anyone else having a ring replicated or custom designed?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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5948 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

soymilk:  My experience was pretty perfect and I didn’t opt to get a mold.

Inspiration ring (replica of 1920s-30s $10K)

 

Mine completed (opted to not have diamonds all the way around the band, moissanite center stone, diamond side stones)

 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper

I have to throw moissanitco.com’s name into the mix here.. I found the original cad and the finished product.. from start to finish it was 3-4 weeks.  I <3 them.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

There is no way to stress less lol. They aren’t even doing anything yet besides starting to make up the drawings or CADs. Took my jeweler 3 weeks to get the drawings in and once we decided it was perfect, it took almost 3 months for them to finish. I had something very specific in mind because I was altering the design I found. It’s beautiful and I love it but the prongs aren’t as dramatic as I wanted. I asked for claw prongs and had a photo for an example and everything but he says the photo was magnified so in person they wouldn’t be as dramatic. I was ready to wear my ring so I didn’t argue. In the CAD/drawing they had the prongs straight up so I couldn’t see how they would sit on the stone itself.. that’s the only downfall I see going custom. I flippin’ love my ring and it’s perfectly me. So glad we went custom.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2016

soymilk:  I have just finished the drawing process with David Klass, and he was always very understanding of my adjustments. He really didn’t stop until the ring was exactly what I wanted. We only correspoonded over email, but everything went really well.

For me, it took about a week to get the first drawings. I sent back edits, and he would send back an updated CAD the next day, I would send any other edits, and again he would send an updated image the next day.

It all has been a great experience, and it is perfect because you get every little detail that you want exactly how you want it!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I haven’t done it myself, but Darling Husband did that process for my ring. He brought in the actual ring it was based on, as well as sketches of what he wanted. They made some suggestins, then did the whole sketch, wax mold process – it went really smoothly for him, though it took a little longer than he had hoped.

See the rings below – opal was the original ring, moissanite was the e-ring:

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

We went the custom route and designed my ring together. The first photo is the inspiration for the halo portion of the ring (with both diamonds and sapphires surrounding the center stone), and the second photo is the Tacori setting I fell in love with – we did, however, ask that he lower the profile slightly since I wasn’t too keen on the ring sticking so far out from my finger given my klutziness. The third photo is the CAD drawing we signed off on, and the final one is a collage of photos the jeweler took of my ring.

The most important thing is feeling comfortable with your jeweler – do you feel like you can voice your opinion and that they will listen to it? I’ve heard some people complain that sometimes, when going the custom route, the jeweler will push their own vision for the ring; you must make sure you feel 100% in control or else you won’t be happy with the result.

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Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

annd2015:  gorgeous!!!

Once we showed them the picture, the jewelers took care of the rest! I came in for the mold fiiting, said “yeah I guess” bc it was so hard to imagine the ring from that! the next time I saw it was the proposal. My recommendation is to let go of the process if you are working with a trustworthy jeweler. In my case, we were all happy about the results!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

annd2015:  Whoa…that ring is amaizing!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

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.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin

I drew what i wanted and he made a mold and then I approved it.  He made the big one and I said no.. Not what i wanted.. He redid it.. Pics side by side.. I also did the same with my grandmas ring   Reused her metal and diamonds into a new band.. One stone on the inside.  This was so easy to do and I loved having the control  the metal smith won’t get paid if they don’t do what you want… So they work with you syou will be happy! Sorry, so big! I want to do all my jewelry this way! 

 

Post # 14
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205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I had a local jeweller custom make my wedding ring, as per my design. It felt like it took ages to do, but I was super thrilled when it was done and I received it. If ever I want something specific again, I will definitely go the custom route.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I just found this picture so I am showing it off lol. Can’t find the drawings of my ring so I can’t show those off.

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