(Closed) How to choose jeweler for custom ring

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ask your local friends and see if any of them of a suggestion. Fiance called a good friend of his from his hometown, and got hooked up with his jeweler. Fiance worked with him over the phone and via email to design my ring. Our friend has dealt with him for years, and purchased a lot of custom jewelry through him so Fiance felt confident with it. He designed my e-ring, and will do our wedding bands too.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ask to see there current works in progress and a portfolio of things they have done in the past. Jewelers I assume are like all other artists and should have a portfolio on hand. Also I would not go to abig chain store for work like this personally. I want to meet the guy whos going to make it and talk to him/her face to face to figure everything out. Also ask about what happens if you dont like the wax version if there are charges for each time he has to tweak it.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My e-ring is still being xustom designed, I’m wearing my grandmother’s old ring until it gets finished, picking out the jewler was easy for us because my family had used them before to custom design rings. 

We chose them in the first place because almost all of the jewlery in the store is designed by the owners so we knew right away we liked the design work they did. The first few adjustments to the initial wax mold should be free of charge, after all the purpose of making the mold is to see if the client approves of it, after about 3 or 4 changes they might charge though. Our jewler did three initial mock ups, my Fiance picked the one of those he liked the best and then he approved a final mold before it was cast and set.

 If you approved the mold and the final product is different, well then they didn’t make it right but that shouldn’t happen, you do need to remember that the mold is going to be thicker than the ring will be though probably, talk to your jewler about that.

A good custom job should take a few months I agree with who ever told you one done in a week would be a slap job.

I don’t think any jewler would replace a stone that falls out for free sorry!

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012
Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My ring is being custom designed. Hope me experience so far can answer some questions for you.

We started working with the jeweler in the beginning of February and the ring won’t be done for another 1.5 months. Of course we haven’t had time to go there every day either and the jeweler has other stuff to do too. But I would say that anyone making a custom ring in 1 week, is not going to do a great job. I went with a jeweler that several friends and family members recommended. We met him several times, for hours, trying to come up with designs. I had no idea what I wanted and he was so patient and really examined all the pictures I brought in! We decided on a design finally 2 weeks ago and he’s supposed to have a mold done for me this Friday. He said that if there’s anything on the mold that I don’t like, we can keep changing it and he can keep making new molds. It will just prolong the process.  He’s also doing 2 weddings bands for us. It’s kinda scary because this jeweler is an artist and kinda old school. So he hand painted the drawings of what the rings will look like instead of using some sort of design program. But his paintings of the rings were amazing!! 

He does guarantee the work and the diamonds forever. And free cleanings at any time. However, it’s a small shop so there’s no guarantee that he won’t close tomorrow of course. But we’ll be getting insurance on the ring anyway and will get a plan that covers repairs. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@L-girl:  I forgot to mention that there’s no extra charges for making more molds or anything like that. We’re paying one set price (which we agreed to after approving the picture of the ring and picking a diamond) for the engagement ring and the 2 wedding bands.

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