JM Edwards Jewelry specializes in custom making jewelry to fit your exact needs. Custom designing your piece of jewelry allows you to have absolute control of what your piece will look like as well as its cost. This control is one of the biggest advantages to custom making jewelry instead of simply purchasing a manufactured item. We custom make items in a number of ways including CAD/CAM, hand fabrication, and hand carved waxes to fit what will work best for your piece. The time frame to custom make a piece of jewelry can vary, but generally takes 2-5 weeks. If you have a specific time frame that needs to be met we can generally accommodate that. The typical stages of the design process is as follows.
1. Design Meeting
The first stage of the custom jewelry process is the initial meeting to discuss your design preferences potential stones, as well as budgets. An appointment is not required for this but is generally recommended. In this phase we go over all of the advantages and disadvantages of different design concepts, and how they affect cost, durability, and aesthetics. We also will go over various materials we can use in producing your custom piece of jewelry and how that will affect cost. Once we have a design idea decided we then we will quote you a cost to make the completed piece. Plan on this time.
The second stage is to take your design concepts and and stone choices and build them into a CAD model. This phases typically takes about a week and once the model is completed you will receive renderings of your custom piece of jewelry to approve or change. The great thing about this is that if you see the renderings and decide that you would like to make changes to the design we have the ability to do so. Once the renderings are approved we move on to the production of the custom piece.
This is the stage where we make the actual piece of custom jewelry. We will take the CAD model you approved and prototype it into a physical model to be cast in the metal of your choice. If you would like you are able to see and try on the rough casting before any of the stone setting or finishing work is completed. From there our master goldsmiths will complete all of the finishing, stone setting, and fabrication necessary to make the piece perfect. This final stage usually takes anywhere from 1-3 weeks depending on the time of year and complexity of the piece.