When you contact me for a custom piece, the first thing I ask all of my clients to do is answer these questions to help me get a better idea of what they are wanting. From there we will discuss is style and inspiration. Do you know exactly want you want, or do you need some ideas? Do you have any photos or sketches of pieces you have seen and liked?
Once I have a good idea of the look you are wanting to achieve, I will begin to source a few different options to use as the center stone that fall within your desired budget. Once we land on "THE STONE" a 50% deposit is required to secure the stone and begin designing your piece.
We will go over any reference images we pulled in the inspiration phase and discuss any additional details you would like to include. From there I will create a rough sketch that pulls together all of the desired elements we want to include in your piece.
Once you approve the sketch, we will move forward with having a 3D rendering made. This is a very technical blueprint that is created in a 3D design software, to give us exact details down to the .001mm. This step is great for fine-tuning small details and making sure that each desired detail is included in the piece.
The Wax Model
Once you approve the rendering a prototype is then 3D printed into wax. We call this the wax model. This is a very important part of the design process because it is an exact representation of your piece, and is very important when it comes to size and scale. Once you see the wax model- there will be no surprises with your finished piece, the wax model is literally a prototype of your piece.
Casting, Diamond Setting, & Polishing
After you approve the model- the wax is then sent to be cast in the metal of your choice, most commonly 14k gold, 18k gold or platinum. It is then cleaned, stones are set, and the final polish it done.