Post # 1
I’ve decided to have my ring made and I have some very specific ideas in mind as to what I’d like to have done. I live in a large city and went to two high-end jewelers, and one quoted me at $1,350 and said that he’d do the ring on CAD, print out plastic models until I was happy with it, and then make the ring. The other jeweler quoted me at around $2,000 and said that it would be hand carved from wax.
I liked the general “vibe” of both jewelers.
What do you all suggest – hand-carved or CAD?
Post # 2
Maybe watching some videos on YouTube would help? That’s what I did. Some people love the charm of their ring being handmade, but I wanted my ring to be perfectly symmetrical, so I went with CAD and am very happy with the end result.
Post # 3
It depends on what kind of design you like and what level of detailing you want. If you are very finicky about design, it feels like the CAD jeweler may be the way to go because he can keep printing out designs
Hand carved looks more “organic” I’ve been told. It would prob be better for delicate migrain designs or curved band designs. Something with pave might be easier to go CAD because it takes a long time to carve out the pave prongs.
I’ve agonized about this too. I don’t think it makes a huge difference. At the end of the day I am going with the jeweler that seems to “get” my vision the best.
Post # 4
Mine was custom made by hand which is what I was looking for. You can’t tell by casually looking at it, but by close inspection you can tell it wasn’t made in a mold which makes it feel more unique to me. Up to personal taste really!
Post # 5
Mine was hand-carved back in the days before CAD use in jewelry. It has a lot of curves.
How complex is the detailing of your prospective setting?
I think CAD is better if you have a complex level of design with fine details. Or if you think you might need to tweak the design a number of times until perfect.
I’m not sure how intricate the hand carved rings can get.
Post # 6
Bf and I talked to a jeweler today (we both like that place very much) and they suggested CAD for my ring since we were going to add filigree. They do hand carve and CAD. She said if you want more precision, CAD is the way to go. Hand carved is better for “organic” and “whimsical” designs. I thought my ring design was whimsical but apparently not enough! It’s a bypass but instead of wrapping around a center stone the band stays straight and ends at the 12 and 6 o’clock.
Post # 7
My wedding band is hand carved and you can tell, it definitely has some imperfections, I got it custom made to fit around my engagement ring setting. The sides aren’t 100% smooth, but I like it that way. It’s a custom piece and it looks custom (from very close. It’s good workmanship and looks great from a distance, but up close you can tell), which is nice. If you think you might be bothered by slight asymmetry or imperfections then probably go the CAD route.