What’s The Custom Jewelry Design Process - ICKINGER |
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If you want to design a piece of jewellery that’s got a special meaning to you or you just have a unique sense of style that you would like to explore through a piece of jewellery, we recommend considering the benefits of custom jewellery design at a specialist.

The process of designing a piece of jewellery that you love can be a thrilling adventure, so we thought it would be a good idea to give you some inside information as to how the whole process works so that your experience with us can be one that you’ll remember forever.

We are a family-owned local jeweller, that started crafting unique jewellery pieces 68 years ago. Our love for the trade has remained the same, three generations later the only thing that’s changed was our location and the technology used in bringing your unique jewellery pieces to life.

What’s the custom jewellery Process?

The beauty of bespoke Jewellery is that it is completely unique to you. We are often spoilt for choice with many ready-to-wear pieces that holds little to no sentimental value.

When it comes to creating memorable Jewellery there’s a certain allure to having it made just for you, especially if it’s for a special event such as an engagement or a wedding day. By getting a highly skilled and creative jeweller to custom design your jewellery, allows you to be included every step of the way.

By getting an experienced jeweller to help create your unique engagement ring or any other jewellery piece for that matter, starts with a consultation. This serves as a good opportunity to talk about your story, ideas and the feelings to incorporate into your unique piece of jewellery.

From the consultation, basic sketches begin to breathe life into your custom design jewellery. The designer will discuss wearability and comfort depending on the stone quality and precious metals choices that you’ve made.

After you’ve given your approval of the sketches the next step in the process is the jewellery rendering. We create a realistic 3D model of your ring to give you the clearest visualization possible. This is done by using computer software such as CAD. The photo-realistic image is altered to perfection to meet your expectations before we proceed to the next step.

If our experts are providing the centre stone, we will provide our hand-selected stones for you to choose your favourite from. Or if you are shopping for diamonds on your own, make sure to read our previous blog article which covers great insights into diamond characteristics and what to look out for.

After the jewellery renders have been approved by you and you’re sure about your choice, the head designer at Ickinger will create a wax model for you. The great thing about wax models is that it provides a hands-on preview of your final custom-designed piece. And this step makes sure that the custom jewellery CAD renders fit properly into the 3D accurate model.

The final and last step in the process is casting and finishing. This is where it all comes together. The experts handcraft the metal version based on the renders that were created, and the metal is then shined, textured and detailed to your custom design piece.

Then the master Gem setter takes over and sets each stone into the setting with the utmost care and precision. And after the final inspection of accuracy and quality by the head jeweller at Ickinger, you’ll be presented with your unique custom designed jewellery piece that’s sure to leave you impressed.

Timeframe and Pricing of Custom Jewellery

The cost of custom jewellery is dependent on a number of factors such as materials used, the complexity of the design and the back and forth process of the design work itself. The time-frame of designing custom jewellery usually takes 7-10 working days from the sign off date.

But we recommend that if you’re looking to design a custom piece such as an engagement ring or a wedding ring that you give us plenty of time before the big day so that we can get your unique piece exactly as you want it.

When you visit us the head Jeweller at Ickinger he’ll be able to give you a better estimation and time-frame depending on your choice of design. But below we will be giving you some general guidelines that you can keep in mind the next time you’re looking at designing a custom piece for yourself or a loved one.

We have also broken down the process into three individual phases of design. Simple, Moderate and full custom so that you have a better idea of what to expect upon your first visit to Ickinger.

Simple Custom

This involves minor modifications to a product within our existing line of jewellery. We can substitute gemstones not offered online, or even use your own gems. We can vary metal choices, making a design that is silver into gold or platinum. This type of custom request adds little or no extra time to production. Upcharge, if any, is primarily determined by changes in the material.

Moderate custom

The beauty in the moderate custom processes lies in the fact that we can make changes to the original design of the piece if you are unhappy with it. We can change the width of a pendant or ring by changing its borders. And we can make a particular pattern larger or smaller, depending on your choice of course. We can also make a piece heavier, or take one pattern that you like from a particular pendant and move it to another.

We can also change clasps or ring mounts, add or subtract lengths from different chains, or make something extra-large or extra-small within our existing line. Sometimes these changes are relatively simple, but other times we will be creating drawings for collaboration.

Just note that these types of custom changes can add time to the project. Depending upon whether or not we have to create drawings, we may require a small down payment—which will be applied to the cost of the piece.

Full custom

This process means making something from scratch and from your own idea. It starts with a visit where you and the head Jeweller at Ickinger simply chat about what you want in terms of your unique piece.

The process will start with sketches and a rendered image of your design concept. And once you are happy and we have agreed to move forward, the design and execution will commence.

Like we mentioned above, the process can take a while and especially if it’s something as special as an engagement ring or wedding ring. But usually, it doesn’t take our team longer than 15 working days.

Custom-Designed Jewelry
Machine Made

This is a question that we receive a lot. And one thing to keep in mind is that Jewellery made for special occasions, such as wedding and engagement rings, is typically created with a more classic and elegant look and feel in mind.

This is achieved by the custom design process, whereas if you were to opt for a machine-made piece, you risk losing originality and personality and it defeats the purpose of giving a loved one a truly unique custom made piece of jewellery.

Mass-produced pieces are not created for a specific wearer in mind, but rather to appeal to many different people. And for those looking for a personalized, unique piece, custom made jewellery is an ideal option.

Hopefully after reading this blog article you now have a better idea of what to expect when you do decide to take the leap and custom create a unique and memorable jewellery piece or set. At Ickinger we strive to create fine handcrafted jewellery with the utmost precision and attention to detail.

Our staff has years of invaluable industry knowledge and they are proficient in helping you make the best choices. At Ickinger our greatest pride lies in the quality which we produce and ultimately your satisfaction.

When you do decide to come and visit us for a consultation our goal is to collectively come up with an exclusive design which you or your partner would love and cherish. We would like to hear your story and getting to know you better so that we can reflect what matters most, in your unique piece.

You can book your consultation now by clicking here or you can browse our online store for further inspiration.

Now would also be a good time to mention a previous article which we have posted regarding choosing your ring size. Click here to find your size now.