(Closed) Custom design ring in CZ and silver?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think starting with CZ is a totally fine idea!  I would look into smaller local jeweler’s, because big chains can be rather snippy about working with CZ stones (they’re a little more difficult, they can’t be subjected to the high heat that diamonds can without risking damage).  A locally owned jeweler is more likely to work with you on a custom design, and will usually do whatever you want.  Shop around first, and if anyone gives you attitude about your choice walk away, because it will just be a headache.  As for the sterling silver, it’s not the strongest metal so you may consider going with gold or even palladium.  It’s also harder to find jewelers who will work with silver, I’ve had trouble finding one who is even willing to size a sterling silver RHR I’ve had for years.  I think that by having a ring custom made with those materials, you’ll be limited in your jeweler options and may end up paying more in the long run for a custom job than you would for a non-custom ring in a stronger metal.

Is there something specific you’re looking to have custom made?  Have you looked at the Ashadiamonds.com or Moissaniteco.com websites?  They do a lot of great things with their stones, they’re a little pricier than a sterling silver and cz ring, but they won’t need to be replaced because they use gold, platinum or palladium.  I do believe they might even customize things.  Look at the message boards on Betterthandiamonds.com too, those ladies all LOVE their CZ’s and I’m pretty sure they’ve had custom work done for them, they’ll have a great idea on whom to contact and where to get the best CZ for your buck.  I have a sterling silver and CZ engagement ring, but I knew full well going into it that I would have to have it replaced within the next few years, even though I am extra careful and take great care of it.  Good luck, I can’t wait to hear how it turns out!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee

I think upgrading later is a great idea!  I have CZs (Swarovski Signities, I think…or so the label from the fashion jewelry shop said haha) that sparkle like nobody’s business.

I’m not sure if I would go for a silver setting, though.  Silver is very, very soft, so there’s a high chance that the prongs could break and you’d lose your stone(s).  Plus silver is prone to scratching, which would make your setting look dull before long. 

If you’re planning on wearing this first ring for more than a year or two, I think you should maybe go for 10k or 14k gold or palladium.  It’s more expensive, but it’ll definitely last longer.  Stuller.com and adwar.com (casting companies) are good places to look around at hundreds of economical ring settings.  You might find one that fulfills your vision there.

I’ve browsed at the websites of jewelers that do custom work, but the majority of it seems to be pretty pricey.  I can share if you like πŸ™‚

EDIT:  Haha well it seems like I took too long typing this out ;p  Krikawa (based in Arizona) apparently does custom designs, and if you look under “Metals” in their menu bar, they state that they use nickel-free white gold.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

PS – If you’re allergic to nickel, you can get palladium.  It’s actually in the platinum family but is a fraction of the price!  My 2 best friends have palladium wedding rings because of a nickel allergy, and I’ll be getting one for the same reason (FI is allergic)…can you tell I’m biased?  It’s also a strong yet lightweight metal, so it isn’t as likely to scratch as easily as other metals (IE Platinum scratches like crazy, I don’t understand why).  Just figured I’d make your decision THAT much harder LOL.  I know it’s out of your budget,  but it’s something to think about for the future Smile

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Oh, and check ebay.  I’ve seen a TON of empty settings on there before in all kinds of metals, and then you can order a loose cz (or even an Asha or Moissy) and have a jeweler set it!  

Post # 10
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Blushing bee

My favorite places to look have been Krikawa, Whiteflash, and Green Lake Jewelry.

Krikawa does work with silver (for their mokume gane rings), but I’m not certain if they do entire pieces in silver.  I don’t think Whiteflash works in silver, but it never hurts to ask, and Green Lake Jewelry definitely works in silver (you can check out examples of their silver work here).

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@OrchidsandCandles: Just wanted to share those I know you are going to get your ring made. But I seen these & they are very cheap for real gold plus you could always upgrade the CZ’s one day!! πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If you like a kind of earthier style, Heart of Water Jewels on Etsy do beautiful work and will work with CZs and in silver. I have worked with them and Sally, the owner, is delightful and the end product is delicate but impeccable.

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