The Design Process
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
I've designed everything from tiaras and gold grills to engagement rings, and have a special interest in colored gemstones (after all, why paint in black and white when you can paint in color?!). My design process sometimes involves my clients in every step of the way, and other times is simply inspired by a client's favorite shape, color, or era. Regardless, I am committed to producing jewelry of the finest quality, and responsibly sourcing the highest caliber of stones and metals.
More than just jewelry, each Jewel Princess creation exists to celebrate the greatest moments of life, honor the journeys that lead there, and portray the promises that guide.
Step 1: Conceptualizing and Rendering in 2D
Once we've set up an appointment, we can meet either in person or via telephone, Skype or FaceTime to talk about how we can create the perfect piece for you. We'll discuss your aesthetic likes and dislikes, budget, lifestyle, and inspiration to determine the best jewelry styles and gemstones for you.
I use traditional hand rendering and painting to conceptualize your vision, and I love educating my clients on the process of jewelry making and gemstones along the way. Through this experience, we can together create a unique piece and my clients can further appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into each step of the design process. It is rarely acknowledged, but a finished piece of jewelry is an amalgamation of history, culture, and varying art forms such as gem-cutting, goldsmithing, and design.
Email me to inquire about a custom creation: email@example.com or call me at (949) 331-6695.
Step 2: Modeling in 3D
I use the latest state of the art technology, combined with the traditional old school craftsmanship that I hold near and dear to my heart to perfect an heirloom that will last lifetimes. We'll walk you through and utilize one of three methods to bring the design to life in a 3-D model via wax carving, CAD digital designs, or metal fabrication, and during this process can implement as many changes as necessary to create your dream piece. Thanks to the use of these modeling methods, 100% of my clients have been ecstatic at the result when all is said and done.
Step 3: Forging, Creating, and Setting.
Once the design is finalized, the piece is cast or fabricated depending on the design style and budget. I always recommend hand fabricated pieces, but realize that it's not in everyone's budget. I use recycled gold, bought and refined in our Los Angeles office. There isn't one detail that I haven't thought of when it comes to creating something so meaningful. Each piece we bring forth will carry the gravitas of the vow made with it, whether that is a proposal, a promise of friendship, or a piece to love yourself with.
How long does it take to create a custom piece? Custom pieces usually have a lead time of 4-6 weeks but may be longer during busy seasons. Projects can be rushed for an additional fee. Please let me know as soon as possible since busy seasons can be year round for jewelry!
How does payment work? A 50% deposit is required to start a project, and the remaining balance is due upon completion of the project. Options for payment plans are also available!
How do I know I will like the finished product? I will draw and mock up the design for you in detail from all angles to scale, and can provide wax models so that we can ensure the piece comes out perfectly for you. So far, we've had a 100% success rate on all of the custom pieces we've created. Its our job to create the best possible version of your dream piece, and are dedicated to that end result.
Can you create anything? Yes, ANYTHING! My favorite projects are the ones that have never been done before, and I love a good challenge. I work with recycled gold, platinum, and with responsibly sourced precious and semi-precious gemstones.