The Custom Design Process
We design and make custom engagement rings, wedding bands, right hand rings, pendants, pins, earrings, bracelets, diamond jewelry and more.
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Why Choose Custom?
Are you dreaming of a truly unique engagement ring? A signature pendant no one else is wearing? The perfect anniversary gift? A whole new look for your inherited jewelry?
We can help you create your own engagement ring, wedding bands, mother's ring or pendant, commemorative jewelry, push present, graduation gift, or a special piece of jewelry for yourself!
Step 1: Design Consultation
Stop by our shop in Uptown Westerville or contact us to speak with our designers. The first step of creating your own custom piece would be to gather any ideas you may have, inspiration photos, or even your own doodles.
If you aren't sure what you want, our talented staff can show you options and create the perfect design to suit your taste. We will create counter sketches during your initial consultation to help you visualize the design possibilities.
Let us know about any gemstones you may want to incorporate, or a special gem you would like us to source. We have a wide selection of high-quality diamonds and unique colored gemstones available. If you are interested in re-designing old or sentimental jewelry, we can use your gemstones in a completely customized design!
Step 2: Sketches and Wax Models
Once we have an idea of what you would love, we may do some additional drawings to show you varieties on the design. Once the design is approved on paper, the wax carving begins.
We are a unique jewelry shop in that we continue to use the traditional method of carving waxes by hand. This intricate process is a dying art and a truly personal artistic touch.
The wax model is sculpted with the gemstones in place so that you can view the design in 3-dimensions. We then modify and perfect the design to exactly what you have in mind. You can approve the wax in the shop or virtually, if you do not live in central Ohio. Your vision and input are integral to the process.
Step 3: Casting and Finishing
Once the wax model has been approved, the gemstones are set aside and the wax is used to cast the design in the precious metal of your choice. The process is called the Lost Wax Method, which means that the original wax is burned away and the molten metal takes its place. The gold we use is recycled and refined.
We then take the cast jewelry piece, and carefully file, sand and polish as needed to reach the desired finish. We can polish the gold or other precious metal to a high sheen or create a matte or textured finish.
Step 4: Setting Gemstones
The final step of any custom design is to set the gemstones. We can use a variety of setting styles and techniques depending on what you select in the design process. Bezel, pavé, channel, gypsy or flush-set, or various styles of prongs. We precisely cut and form the metal to the size and shape of each diamond or gemstone, setting it securely and showing off the unique beauty of the gem.
A typical custom piece will take six to eight weeks from consultation to completion.
The best part is seeing the reactions of our customers when they see and try on the finished jewelry!
Get Inspired and Start Today!
Browse our galleries of previous designs. View examples of one of a kind jewelry we have created over the years for our wonderful and unique customers!
Before and After Examples
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31 North State Street Westerville, OH 43081