Do you dream of designing a custom jewelry piece for your wedding, or perhaps even everyday wear? Let's work together! I love to connect with others through my jewelry and make something special that you carry with you for years to come. Below is an overview of the process and most commonly asked questions. You can also read about the g+h custom design process through the eyes of two women who wrote about it in Chicago lifestyle magazine, Lux & Concord.
- How does it work?
Each design process is slightly different, but below is a general idea of what it will be like to work with me on a custom piece of jewelry.
First, we’ll discuss the type of piece you would like to create. Do you want to design a special piece for your wedding day? Do you want to recreate a necklace that you lost or broke? Do you need a piece for a special occasion, but can’t seem to find anything suitable? Do you simply want to treat yourself to a jewelry piece that is unique to you? We will chat about your ideas via email, phone, and/or Skype.
Second, we’ll discuss the specific details, colors, and metals for your special piece. To assist me in selecting the perfect components for your piece, I will generally request to see photos of 3-5 jewelry pieces you currently wear and love. This allows me to get a good sense of your style.
Third, I will create up to 3 design mock ups based on our conversations. I will share these with you via email or Skype, and we’ll discuss what you like best, what you do not care for, and any changes that are needed.
Fourth, I will prepare a final design mock up for your approval. I will share this with you via email or Skype. We will refine the design, if necessary, until it’s just right.
Fifth, the piece is all yours!
- How long does it take?
Generally allow 4-6 weeks from the time we first speak until you are holding the piece in your hands. During peak times, such as the Christmas season, please allow 8 weeks.
- How much does it cost?
You should expect a final cost of somewhere between $125 and $150 for a piece that looks similar in style to those on the g+h website. However, more complex designs will cost more. During the design process, I will provide cost estimates along the way. We can also work within your prescribed budget. There are two components to the final cost of your custom piece: (1) custom design cost plus (2) time and materials.
A custom design flat fee of $75 is applied to each unique piece designed. This fee entitles you to unlimited discussions with me about your design and refining of the design, as well as 3 design mock ups. For example, if you would like to create an identical custom bridesmaid necklace for 5 bridesmaids, only one custom design flat fee of $75 would be charged. However, if you would like to create five unique pieces for each of the 5 bridesmaids, then a custom design flat fee of $375 ($75 x 5 unique necklaces) would be charged. Please note that if more than 3 design mock ups are required, each will incur an additional $30 charge. In most cases, no more than 3 mock ups are required. This generally only occurs when the client’s vision of the final piece changes from discussion to discussion. I will work with you to get the utmost clarity before the mock up process begins.
The time required to physically make the final piece, as well as the materials required, vary from piece to piece. For example, if your design requires hand-knotted pearls, which is a time intensive process, the cost of the final piece will be greater. During the design process, I will give you a general estimate of the cost of your design so that we can alter it accordingly, if necessary.
- Is a rush service available?
Yes. Rush custom design service can be completed in 2 weeks or less for an additional rush fee of $200, plus any expedited shipping charges. While I will make every effort to accommodate your request, please be aware that there are certain times during the year when rush service will not be possible, such as during the peak holiday season. Please contact me for availability.
- How do we get started?
This is going to be fun! Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
- Want to read more?
In November 2017, I worked with Lux & Concord, a Chicago online lifestyle magazine, to design custom pieces for two of their editors. Read about their experience by clicking here.