(Closed) Can someone help with custom made rings?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I went in a couple weeks ago to talk to the jeweler about getting a matching wedding band for my e-ring. What he told me was that I’d pay a small fee (like $50) and he would make a CAD design of what it would look like on the computer. He would put in the diamond specifications and select the metal and it would spit back an image and a price. If I like the design and am okay with the price he would make a wax model of the ring-to-be that I could place with my e-ring. When that gets approved I would pay a deposit, he would make it, and then I’d pay the balance when it was done.

Post # 3
394 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Double post!

Post # 4
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Did they communicate with you throughout the process as to what the final product would look like? I think if they just went ahead and made it without you approving steps then you may not have to pay, but if you have approved it then you might be stuck.

What don’t you liek about it?

Post # 5
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

What blueknightess said is exactly the way my experience has been. I would highly recommend going with a jeweler who is able to show you the ring on the CAD design and in wax before you agree. I have had another piece of jewelry made in the past, and I was very unhappy with the final product. I was obligated to pay for the final product. I feel this was a result of using a jeweler that did not have CAD or the ability to show you a wax model. The communication just wasn’t there.

Post # 6
513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had a wonderful experience with my cutom designer and considering that we live in FL and he lives in CA I would not have changed a thing. 

Right from the start he communicated with us via email/phone and Skype he spent hours with us to ensure that the stones and designs were exactly as we wanted at each stage of the process… we paid a deposit for them at the start of the process and then the rest when they were completed. 

We had a very specific design fpr the ring… that being that it has an Emerald as a center stone and on either side of the band is an Angel wing (he calls me his Angel) and on the other side a celtic symbol (I have Scottish roots).  and he was able to take all of our ideas and produce a set of rings (my Fiance also had a matching ring made). 

My advice is to ensure that you feel Comfortable with your designer and NOT to feel pressured in any way to tell them that there is something your not liking about the design.. after all it is YOUR ring design 🙂 

I have attached a copy of our rings…

Post # 7
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

We were given the opportunity to review the wax model before the jeweler went ahead with making the actual ring. Thankfully it turned out exactly the way we wanted it.

For my Fiance we had his band custom made and as it was just gold we were told if we didn’t like it they could change it. I’m not sure if that would have applied to my e-ring and bands as well considering all the extra setting work for the diamonds.

Post # 8
3261 posts
Sugar bee

The jeweler I worked with told me that if I didn’t like the finished product, she would make it all over again (at no extra charge). Luckily, I did like the finished product. As long as you communicate what it is that you want and be very detailed, you wont have to worry. 

Post # 9
1271 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My Fiance had my ring custom made.  He went in and described what he wanted and the jeweler made several digital mock-ups for him to look at and choose from.  Once he approved the digital mock-up (from all angles), the ring was made.  My ring looks identical to the digital mock-up.  If it hadn’t, the jeweler was obligated to fix it.  If I didn’t like it, simply because I changed my mind…that was my problem.

Post # 10
4286 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

It depends on the jeweler.  Some offer a guarantee, that you will love it, or  you don’t pay.  Others will not, and you are responsible no matter what.  All good custom jewlers though will work with you through the process and would never want to leave you unsatisfied in the end.  With custom jewelers, I would shop around, and search out who has the expertise you need to make your dream ring come true.  Not all jewelers have the same skill level, so if you want micropave, for example, you need to go to someone who is skilled in that area.

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