Remounting Family Jewelery-

There is no such thing as an old Diamond, Sapphire or Emerald because precious stones never wear out. Many people inherit precious jewelry from a loved one. They hold on to them for many reasons — the value, the memory, sentiment, or it may just be one of the few things from which to remember a loved one. Whatever the reason, 85 percent of the time it ends up in the old jewelry box.

Throughout the years we’ve had many clients walk through our doors and present us with this situation. We have the client sit down and tell us a little story regarding the piece of jewelry they have inherited. Knowing the history of your jewelry item is very important; it helps us design a unique, custom piece that reflects you and “Your Signature of Fine Art & Love.”

Just before Thanksgiving we had a client stop in with a few rings inherited from her mother, father and grandmother. After spending some time with her, we came up with a two-tone fashion ring that she wanted to wear on her right hand. The ring consisted of her mother’s center stone, her father’s and grandmother’s smaller accent stones that were pave set throughout the ring. We also suggested using the existing gold from the rings to recast them into her new fashion ring. However, she wanted to take it a step further and add her birthstone, and her only daughter’s birthstone, as well as all three of her grandchildren’s birthstones. She was so grateful that her parents and grandmother had passed their rings down to her. In turn, she would leave a beautiful family heirloom for her daughter.

After the New Year we had a lovely couple from the Colony wishing a design for a custom pendant to accommodate two stones, one an oval gray Opal given to her by her step-daughter. The other stone was a Diamond passed down from her mother-in-law. The couple requested something simple with a little sparkle. We bezel set the Opal surrounded by twenty-two accent diamonds, including her mother-in-laws diamond in a free-form design. The exact words from our client: It’s beautiful, simple, and classy. I love it

Precious family jewelry passed down from generation-to-generation is just too special to sit in a jewelry box for years. So stop in today and bring your family heirloom to life and express “Your Signature of Fine Art & Love.”


What is True Custom Jewelry?

Custom jewelry is a uniquely designed piece of art work to express one’s love and personal creativity, our goal is to tailor the jewelry to your satisfaction. All jewelry is unique and hand crafted, which makes it a great gift to show “Your Signature of Fine Art & Love.” When it comes to making a custom piece in most cases we set aside a scheduled private appointment to maximize the communication for the complex details it take to create a custom piece form concept to finish.

True custom jewelry starts with your ideas that stem into a sketch or a CAD rendering. After we seek your approval we then carve the wax by hand or have our CAM machine carve it out. Then we welcome you back to view the wax prototype for a second approval. The Next step consists of the wax prototype design being weighed for the correct amount of material: Platinum, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold; 18kt or 14kt. Next comes spruing and investing. Spruing consists of the wax prototype being attached to the rubber button. The button is then attached to a cylindrical tube called a flask for the next stage, which is investing. During the investing stage an impression of the wax model is created and left to sit overnight. After the investment has hardened it is entered into an oven for the wax burnout. Based on piece size and materials chosen, the time for this step will vary. On average, 2 to 3 hours will suffice for effective burnout process. Upon completion of burnout, the flask is removed with tongs and inserted into a centrifugal forced tube. The proper metal is applied for smelting, cleaning and casting. The tube uses centrifugal casting force to impress the liquid metals on the burnt out wax prototype. When the centrifugal spin is complete, rather then quenching and immersing immediately into the water, which hardens or shuns metals, we use a cooling time of one hour. Then, the precious metal pieces are dug out of the flask with water to dissolve the investment. The piece is then clipped off the spru and dropped into acid to remove the fire scale from casting. Finally, we start cleaning, polishing, and setting. Time will vary depending on complexity and detail of the client's project.

Customizing is our specialty at Jeweler By Design Custom. All work is done on the premises and same-day repair is available every day for our clients’ convenience. Master Jeweler, Goldsmith and Designers are always on studio premises during business hours, therefore our clients will never have to deal with any sales personnel. All of our clients have the opportunity to deal only with the jewelers and designers to maximize communication and end result.