Custom ring design not even close

posted 5 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
1514 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

There’s often a bit of back and forth during the design process.  Just let them know what you want changed.

Post # 3
8857 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

gunnabamissus :  I don’t think the finished ring will look any closer to the inspiration one. Is the original hand-crafted maybe and that’s why it’s so expensive? One change that is probably possible is to ask them to sink the beading/milgrain down so it’s lower than the main part of the ring rather than higher. That will make it a little closer, but it’s not going to refine the carving, which is the bigger issue imo.

Post # 4
3968 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I agreee the CAD looks very different than the original, much more rounded than flat. And the engraving is so different. 

I bought almost that exact ring 3mm from RareEarth on Etsy and it was maaaaaaybe $300. Are you looking for a wider band than 3mm? Have you looked at RareEarth? Here’s a reference photo. 

Post # 5
2113 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

Definitely have the miligrain smaller, but it looks to me like they are being made differently. The first one looks like the design is carved into the gold, but the second looks like its tacked onto the gold. I know nothing about jewelry making, so take this with a grain of salt! Give them some feedback and see if they can do it differently. If not, you’ll just have to go with the orignial if that’s the design you want. 

Post # 6
1283 posts
Bumble bee

These both look like ‘cast’ rings to me and not hand engraved rings. It is not how they are doing it but what they are doing.  The design and miligrain beading work is just not the same.  The ring posted by desertgypsy looks really similar and seems like a good deal.  If not, David Klass does exactly this type of pattern all the time and I would get a quote from him.  Don’t throw more money at something you don’t like because you will not end up with them first picture based on their CAD.

Post # 7
338 posts
Helper bee

If I were you I’d just buy the original ring if you love it.  The fact that they sent that cad to you and thought it was anywhere close to acceptable makes me doubt they’re capable of living up to your expectations.  The saying is true: you get what you pay for. 

Post # 8
5533 posts
Bee Keeper

I think you need more inspirational pics for flower detail.  The size of the bezel is not concerning, the actual pattern is.  Not a bad first attempt though for something that intricate.   It’s not exactly a cookie cutter design.

Post # 9
6449 posts
Bee Keeper

Who are you using?  That doesn’t even remotely look like what you wanted.  This jeweler might not be experienced in this area.  What you want is engraved into the ring plus the milgrain.  Like other PP’s have said this jeweler looks like he’s adding them on and not engarving it in.  I would just explain to him what you want done and see if he misunderstood

Post # 10
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: London

I think the main difference is the original ring is finer, and the details in indented into the rest of the ring, but in the deisgn sent to you the pattern is ontop of the ring, so “outdented” and it gives it a less refined look. 

Personally, i think this is one of those situations where you get what you pay for. 

Post # 11
445 posts
Helper bee

You get what you pay for. If you want the original ring, you should buy it – not pay someone else to make a knockoff.

Post # 12
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Agree with everyone else about the engraving, but I’d also tell them to make the milgrain finer and on the side of the ring instead of on top of the band. 

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