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You – your dreams, your ideas, and your style are the most important elements of your design. It’s not the gems or the metal or even the jewelry artist.
The first step in every custom jewelry design piece is to just sit down with our artists and talk. We’ll discuss what you want, what you need, and what you love. We listen to your likes and dislikes and offer suggestions to ensure each piece is as beautiful as what you’ve envisioned.
From there, we sketch different designs, incorporating your favorite stones, type of setting, and other design elements. And we’ll talk about metal, the foundation of your custom piece. Not all metals are created equal; price and durability are key factors in your creation. Our artists will discuss the pros and cons of various metals to help you make your decision.
Once you approve the design, the work on your piece begins. We take a blank (a piece of wax) and begin to carve and shape it. As the smoothing and shaving progresses, the design takes shape. Then, together, we take one last look to make sure it’s just right before the casting process begins.
After casting, the miniature wax sculpture is imbedded in plaster to create an impression. The chosen metal is then melted and placed into the cavity, creating a rough cast of the final product. It is not what you see in showcases, but all jewelry looks like this before our artisans begin their work.
At this point in the process your design is beginning to look like a finished piece. The jeweler has spent many hours cleaning and polishing the metal to get the right look. Seats for any desired gemstones are drilled and attached, preparing for the final step of setting the chosen stones.
This is our favorite step. All of us at Jeffrey Mann Fine Jewelers love seeing the happy faces of customers who have watched a seed of an idea blossom into a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to be treasured and enjoyed.