Post # 1
Hey bees! I am going to get a custom wedding band made for my engagement ring. My e-ring is antique and the shape is unique so I want to get a curved band to fit it. I’ve gone to two jewelers so far to get info/costs/etc. One jeweler said they would use CAD to make the ring and said it would cost about $800. The other jeweler quoted about $550 but she would be hand carving the ring. The price is a factor but Idk if like $300 is that big of deal in the grand scheme of wedding things haha. The hand carving jeweler said some of the details I want to carry over from the e-ring won’t be as defined (milgrain detailing specifically) but I don’t know how it would look in the CAD. Obvs I’ll get a wax model from both but I’m just not sure what to do!
So what do you guys think? Or what have your experiences been with custom rings?
Post # 3
@bridgetdarling: I personally do not like hand carved rings…although to be fair I have only seen a few…I think they look awkward & not elegant….but I think you have to see some of their previous work to decide..
Post # 4
Definitely look at examples of their other custom work, particularly work that has elements that you want in your ring.
Post # 5
@bridgetdarling: My jeweler showed me multiple rings of both CAD and hand-carved. I am a huge perfectionist so I automatically went straight for the CAD ones everytime. To me, the CAD rings are more perfect. Everything is perfectly symmetrical and parallel. Whereas with the hand carved rings, they are almost-perfect, so you get a totally different feel.
Also if you do go with the CAD/wax model, take a look at some of the threads on here. I know in my case the CAD/Wax weren’t very detailed because he went in afterwards and did a lot of stuff by hand.
This is mine:
Post # 6
I am having a ring custom made and I elected not to go with hand carved because of the milgrain details. I wanted a more prominate and textured look that I couldn’t get if it was hand carved. Also, the people that I have dealt with, that specialize in hand carved jewelry, have told me that there may be slight imperfections in the designs. Slight imperfections wouldn’t bother some, but for others, it would drive them nuts.
Post # 7
At first I was like $550, that’s awesome that it’s less! But today I woke up very worried and was thinking CAD would be the better way to go…
@AllieBee12: Wow those pics are cool and your ring is gorgeous!! I’m gonna have to search more CAD stuff
@lululee40: I appreciate your opinion! And I think you are right. I want the milgrain to be prominent and the jeweler straight up told me that it won’t be perfect.
Post # 8
I would do CAD rather than hand-carved.
And if you have an antique ring with fine milgrain, GET THEM TO DO THE MILGRAIN BY HAND. The milgrain should not be in the CAD. It just shouldn’t be. If they are doing the milgrain in the CAD, you should find another jeweler that does the milgraining by hand to do it if the milgrain is important to you. Milgrain detail that has been cast will never be as fine (with the current technology anyway) as hand-applied milgrain. And it is actually not hard to hand-apply milgrain so there’s really no excuse except ignorance not to do it.
Post # 9
@bridgetdarling: Thanks! There are a few CAD threads on the Bee where you can see just how different CAD drawing can look. Also to second what distracts said, My jeweler said if I wanted millgrain he would do it after they cast the metal, and that it could always be added to my ring later. So yes, I think it is typically done by hand after the fact and not in the CAD/wax mold details.
Post # 10
it depends on the ring style you want, and the talent of the person doing it.
Hand-carved can be very, very beautiful… or kinda awkward. Depending on the style of the ring, it may be more suited to a 3D CAD design.
Some people make terrible 3D CAD rings too…
Find an artist who does work you love, and ask for something that is not too hugely different from their usual style.