What to Know Before Ordering Custom Jewelry
1. DO YOUR RESEARCH
Not every jewelry store has designers who have the right experience to create custom jewelry. Some stores are more retail-oriented, and have the pieces pre-ordered that you can choose from, but they will not be able to translate your vision into the design you hope for.
2. THINK ABOUT YOUR TIMELINE
Obviously, custom jewelry takes some time to complete. You won't have the option to place an order and pick it up the following day. While it varies between jewelers, an average timeline might take two to three weeks for completion, while more complex projects might take up to six weeks. Because of this, definitely give yourself a buffer period of a couple months between when you order and when you need the jewelry, just on the off chance things move on the slower end. As long as you plan ahead, there should be no issues.
3. PLAN ON MULTIPLE MEETINGS
Be prepared, customization requires greater contribution (various touch-point meetings and a decent amount of cooperation) on your part.
Contingent upon what number of customizations you need, bespoke jewelry can get exceptionally expensive. Although it is an exciting endeavor, it is best to practice a bit of self-constraint.
Truth be told, some pieces are up to multiple times more costly than a ring off the rack. This is on the grounds that they need additional time and more labor to complete.
Therefore, before letting your heart run wild with lavish design ideas, let your brain hold you back so that your finances don’t get out of control. Most reputable jewelers can give you a rough estimate based on your initial sketches so that you can have a better idea of what you expect to spend.
Trust is crucial. Keep in mind, you're not going to see, feel or check out the jewelry till it's done.