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Process

Idea, Design, Create

Just how you want it

We pride our self in helping each and every customer in creating the perfect jewelry piece that fits their lifestyle and budget. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the options and designs available.

In most cases, yes we can make it!

Have skin allergies? Need a certain gem color or quality? Want a certain metal finish? Have a plus size finger? No problem. We will work with you to make sure everything is just perfect.

How Its Made

Here at DrJeweler.com, we utilize traditional and new age jewelry making techniques. Come on by to consult with our Master Jeweler about a piece of jewelry that you would like to get made. We are here to help you meet your design goals while keeping things with in your budget.

From start to finish, we usually break custom jobs into three stages. Idea, Design and Create. Things can be fast tracked at each stage if you have a few things ready before hand.

It all starts with an idea, sketch or photos of something you like. From there, Vong will consult with you, about your requirements. He’ll show you sample precious metal finishes, go over gemstones, stone setting types and explain the whole process of design and manufacturing process to you. After this consultation, you’ll have a general idea of what to expect, have a general quote and timeline for completion.

Once your vision is in Vong’s head he can hand carve a piece of art using jewelry wax. Or we can have it designed using the latest CAD (computer aided design) software. Most times we get it spot on, in the first or second try. If not, we offer two minor revisions in our design approval process. After design approval, you’ll have computer renderings of what the finished piece will look like as well as the final cost for manufacturing + build material.

Once the design and manufacturing costs are approved, we will create a wax prototype: carved by Vong’s hand, using a CNC machine, or the latest in 3D jewelry wax printer technology. We then take your wax prototype and start lost wax casting process.

When the casting is done, Vong will set any stones if needed. Prong set, channel set, invisible settings, etc… Vong can do it all.

The last step is finishing the art piece to your desired finish. We utilize abrasive media, magnetic tumblers and buffing wheels to get the perfect look. A high polish from our polishing equipment will give you that show room gleam everyone wants. Rhodium plating will be applied if necessary at the end.

 

Rush jobs are available upon request, but will have additional fees.

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IDEA

1hr – 4hrs
During our one on one consultation, we will determine your budget, build materials, and sizing. From there we can start to define styles guidelines that our designer will follow.

Fast Track: Have photos or web links of similar jewelry items you like. Want to re-use your existing precious metals and/or gems? Bring it along with you so we can weigh and measure them.

Cost: Free for a general quote.

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DESIGN

1 – 2 week/s
True handmade items will start with a sketch and then hand carved into a wax model. For more precise and complex designs, we prefer to use CAD (computer aided design) software and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) machines to create a wax model.

Fast Track: Email or text messages allow us to send you photos of the designs once we are done. Approval by photos will speed things up or wait 2-3 days to create a CAM wax model if you prefer to see it in person.

Cost: $350 – $550+ per item, depending on design complexity and overall size. This includes the hand made or CAM wax model, used for design approval and production.

CREATE

1 -2 week/s
Using the lost wax process, we will cast your approved wax model into the precious metal of your choice.? From there the finishing and stone setting process begins.

Fast Track: Choose CAM for wax models for faster output.

Cost: Manufacturing will vary depending on model weight for casting, the amount and difficulty of stones used for settings, and overall size for finishing.