We went with a custom e-ring as well. I knew that I wanted something different, so first I chose a stone shape that I knew I’d be happy with forever and was different. It was between a pear and an emerald cut. I ended up going with pear after seeing a halo pear and also just a classic pear ring with side baguettes.
So, we bought our stone on our own and then the NIGHTMARE began (*giggles* but it ended really well). We started finding as many pictures as possible that I liked of a halo pear that I liked, and at the same time bf went on the search for a custom jeweller. WHAT a rigama-roll we got. BTW, while we live in a big city, for some reason it wasn’t that easy to find a custom jeweller who produced that quality of work I was looking for.
jewller: “yeah, sure – that design sounds gorgeous, I can totally make it!”
us: “what about setting it, what is your experience with chipped stones, is it even something we should be concerned about. If by SOME crazy chance the stone chips during setting what is our recourse”
jeweller: “stones chip ALL the time…heck I can take you in the back and show you a bag full of stones chipped while being set”
also, this person didn’t have any really GOOD samples or even a proper portfolio to show us. We knew that not all the rings in his shop were made by him, so we asked to see his, he said that those were his – literally the day before he admitted it and it was really obvious ie. a hearts on fire display.
The price was on the really low side; but not worth the risk.
Another jeweller said he would do this piece hand made (like a couture piece) and that just because of labor it would be ridiculously expensive. So he offered to do it by finding a pic of a ring I was fine with and then doing some auto-cad thing (which he doesn’t personally actually do). And I wouldn’t be able to ask for the little specifics/details. So not custom and STILL crazy expensive.
We had so many weird experiences until I found some angels to make my ring. It was the last straw. I somehow found these people just using a google search. HEAVEN!!! we sat with the artist who sketched my vision. We were there for three hours. No pressure – it was a quaint location, kind of lofty, workshop. They had all the goldsmiths working and we were given a full tour. They literally were able to articulate the things I wasn’t able to articulate and educate me on types of pave, size etc. And price wise it was totally fine. More expensive than finding a ring I would just pick out of a store, but not that much more money.
k, sorry this is getting long – I’ll wrap up 🙂
Yes, even then I was scared it MIGHT not turn out, but I was reassured by all the amazing pieces they have already made, and I noticed that their workmanship was pristine – this was reassuring!
Honestly, I’m in love with my ring. It turned out better than I expected. Couldn’t stop looking at it. Oh and when we asked about setting the stone and chipped stones (JUST IN CASE); they assured us that it has never happened, and the setter is one of the best in the country.
So, all in all:
1. really look around. Research as much as possible. Think about what YOU want. If you like a certain type of pave, find out the pave style (ie. mushroom, v-cut, french pave etc). Find pictures – even if you like a certain shank but not the top part, find out what you do and DON’T want.
2. Ask lot’s of questions; if it feels weird then I wouldn’t do it.
3. Ask and really look at the portfolio of the jeweller. Do you like his/her style? Is the jeweller able to make different styles (ie. modern, vintage etc.)?
4. My jeweller asked me to bring in my favourite jewellery to get an idea of what I love. They weren’t pushy, but made great suggestions and asked questions.
5. You should really be able to sit down with whom ever is custom making your piece – otherwise, what’s the point ?
good luck girl!