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How to Order Custom Jewelry for Your Big Day
When it comes to being your special day, you may find yourself stressing about every little detail. The good news is that there is relief to the stress and worry when the wedding is over.
However, in your efforts to make every detail customized to you and your sig-ot (significant other), you may want to consider ordering custom wedding rings or jewelry for your special day.
Though there are many jewelers in San Diego, for instance, who use the term “custom made” along with “handcrafted” and “handmade” as a great advertising strategy, some “custom made” jewelry is actually manufactured in large runs, with hundreds if not thousands of other identical pieces.
If you’re looking for a truly custom made piece of jewelry that’s crafted according to your specifications and vision, make sure to look for a trustworthy custom jewelry seller that will work with you to create a unique, one-of-a-kind piece made specifically for you.
Custom jewelry is a marriage (pardon the pun) between the jeweler’s skill and artistry and the customer’s personal vision. Thus, the first thing you need to have if you’re looking to order a piece of custom jewelry is a basic concept or idea of what you want your custom design to look like or embody.
What characteristics do you want your custom piece to possess? Size, color, materials and style are all things you should consider. The design will likely develop and change as the process of creating your custom piece moves along, but it’s good to have a solid starting concept in hand.
Once you have a good idea of what you want your custom piece to look like, it’s time to look around for the right custom jewelry seller. Call as many jewelers as you can/want to get a feel for the quality of their customer service and jewelry making process. Tell them what you’re looking for and ask any questions that come to mind. Don’t forget to involve your sig-ot and have them involved in the process if possible.
Make a List
Making a written list of all the specific characteristics you wish your jewelry to have will make it a lot easier when you meet with the jeweler to discuss the project. Any specific measurements relevant to the piece should be on the list: neck size, finger size and gemstone sizes, etc.
If you know the kind of metal you want to use or the type of gem and cut you want, write that down on the list as well. Keep in mind any specific details like the deadline that you need the custom jewelry by (and don’t be afraid to give yourself a time buffer just in case any delays occur).
Requesting a Quote
Every jeweler has its own process for requesting a quote. You’ll usually be asked to fill out a form with all your custom jewelry specifications. Once you submit a quote request, the jeweler will contact you to ask you questions about your design idea so that they can get better sense of the work involved and provide you with the most accurate price quote they can.
Once you approve the quote, you’ll be asked to deposit a portion of the price up front (usually half). Keep this in mind while you’re planning your wedding and especially when establishing your budget.
Approving the Design Concept
Next, the jeweler will send you a computer rendering of what the finished design will look like. Approving the final design concept can be a long process, but that’s okay. It’s important that you take your time discussing the custom design of your piece with the jeweler before finalizing it.
Just make sure that you have given yourself plenty of time before the wedding so you don’t find yourself in a mad rush trying to get it finished and later regretting that you didn’t have more time to think about it more.
If you’re purchasing a custom diamond necklace or engagement ring, you usually be asked to select a loose diamond individually. A trusted loose diamonds dealer will usually have a huge selection of stones to choose from, and might even have the option of cutting a stone specifically for your custom piece.
Make sure you always buy diamonds graded by GIA (Gemological Institute of America) which is a non-profit organization that certifies the diamond. This will ensure that what you paid for is exactly the diamond you will receive. Among other things, the GIA identifies and records the four Cs in diamond jewelry: cut, color, clarity and carat.
Once everything is finalized, the jeweler will get to work creating a custom piece of jewelry that is made specifically for you. The result will be a one-of-a-kind, wearable art object that its recipient will be sure to treasure.