1. Get Inspired
You don’t have to know exactly what you want, but it helps to have some inspiration before meeting with us. Go old school and tear pages out of magazines of pieces you like, or use Pinterest to find and save images of jewelry. If you don’t know where to start, we have an Engagement Rings board and Jewelry Board with design ideas to get you inspired.
You can also sketch your own design, or a specific part of the design and we can put all the pieces together. Either way, bring a vision with you as a jumping off point.
2. Meet with Ricardo and His Team
This is where the fun happens and you’ll start to see your jewelry design come to life. When you meet with us, we’ll ask you questions similar to the list we’ve created below. Share the jewelry images that inspire you and remember to tell us what you dislike in the design from the start. Be honest with your budget. Depending on the type of stone, detail work, type of metal, and amount of metal used, the cost can vary greatly.
Here are some questions we’ll ask about your piece:
- Do you want a stone in your custom jewelry piece?
- If so, what color or type of stone do you want?
- What type of metal do you like?
- Do you want a simple or detailed design?
- Is this a delicate piece you’ll wear for special occasions or something you’ll wear everyday?
- What is your budget?
- When do you need your custom piece by? Keep in mind that the process can take from 4 weeks+ depending on the complexity.
- What do you know you don’t like or definitely don’t want in your design?
As you share your ideas, Ricardo or Karen Basta will start roughly sketching concepts for your piece and you can try on pieces in the store to get an idea for what feels right. If you’re creating a ring, this is the time to find out your actual size. If you want stones, we’ll provide a vast array of options for you to choose from based on your given parameters, including stone type, shade, quality, shape and size.
We might make design suggestions. Stay true to what you know you want and be open to changes that could make your piece even better. At the end of the day, we want to create what will make you happy, but also need the piece to fit your budget and be structurally sound, so it can become the forever lasting heirloom it was meant to be.
3. Say Yes to Your Stone and Sketch
After our meeting, we’ll do a fresh sketch adding final notes and drawing more to scale than the rough sketch. Once you’ve approved the final design and stones for your custom piece, Ricardo and his team go to work creating your one-of-a-kind piece.
Get a behind-the-scenes look below of a custom wedding ring we designed from start to finish!