Designing Custom Jewelry: The When, How, and Why

Designing custom jewelry is an amazing experience with a wonderful result: a one-of-a-kind piece that perfectly reflects your vision and personal style. Yet, many people don’t even consider making custom jewelry. They may think it will be too hard or expensive, or they could feel overwhelmed because they don’t know how to start. However, the truth is, that designing your own jewelry is so much easier and more affordable than most people think.  

If you’re interested in learning more about the custom jewelry design process, we’re here to assist. With our in-house atelier, custom jewelry design is one of our specialties at JustDesi. We love helping people bring their unique visions to life. Learn all about making your own jewelry below as we go over the how, why, and when of designing custom jewelry. 


How to Design Custom Jewelry 

First, let’s talk about how the custom jewelry design process works. 

Collaborating With Your Jewelry Designer

The first step in the custom jewelry design process is meeting with one of our jewelry designers for a design consultation. There are two things you need to bring to this initial appointment: your design idea and your budget. 

You should have at least a general idea of what you want for your design when you go to your first design appointment. Some people come to their appointment knowing exactly what they want for their custom pieces. Others bring general inspiration and work with their designer to narrow in on what they like about that inspiration in order to come up with their design. Whether you already know exactly what you want or need more guidance, our jewelry designer will work with you to make sure you love every detail of your piece. 

You’ll also discuss your budget at this initial appointment. While people often think creating custom jewelry is always extremely expensive, you set your own budget when you create a custom design. Creating a custom piece of jewelry only costs as much as you decide. Your jewelry designer will help you understand all the options within your price range. They’ll work with you to execute your design ideas while keeping your project within your budget. 

Throughout the design process, our goal is always to meet our customers where they are and provide them with the exact guidance they need. We’ll be there every step of the way to make sure you understand all your options and that you love your finished piece. 


Fine Tuning Your Custom Design

Once you and your designer have a solid idea of what you want for your custom piece, they’ll make an initial design sketch. When you’re happy with this sketch, we’ll move forward and make a computer-aided design. 

We’ll create a rendering that allows you to view a 3D model of your design from multiple angles. You can make tweaks to this design as much as needed until you’re completely happy with it. 

After your 3D rendering is approved, we’ll create a wax model that you can inspect at our showroom. This allows you to get a better idea of what your piece will look like in real life and make final adjustments if needed. 


Enjoy Your Custom Design

After you’ve approved your final wax model, our artisans will handle the rest. We’ll craft your design in our jewelry studio, set it with your gemstones, and polish it to perfection. All that’s left is for you to pick up your finished custom jewelry piece. 

Why Design Custom Jewelry 

There are hundreds of reasons to design custom jewelry, but the most common is to design custom bridal jewelry or redesign heirloom jewelry. 

Engagement rings and wedding bands carry significant meaning, so it makes sense that so many people choose to go custom for their wedding jewelry. A person may want a more unique engagement ring than they can find on the market or they may just want to make sure their wedding rings are truly one-of-a-kind.  

Redesigning heirloom jewelry to give it new life is another very popular reason to create a custom design. A person may have an heirloom piece with beautiful materials, but an outdated design. By using those materials to create something new, they end up with something they love and will actually want to wear. 

While creating bridal jewelry and redesigning older jewelry are the most popular reasons to create custom jewelry, they’re far from the only reasons. You may want to create a piece that’s inspired by a famous work of art, a piece featuring your children’s birthstones, a piece to wear with a specific outfit, and so on. There are endless reasons to go custom. 


When to Design Custom Jewelry 

There’s no exact time frame for making custom jewelry since each experience will be different. With that said, it takes about 4 weeks to create a piece of custom jewelry from start to finish. If you’re designing a piece of jewelry that you need by a certain date (like a birthday, anniversary, or proposal date), start at least 2 months in advance to give yourself plenty of time. This is particularly important when creating an engagement ring since we first must find you the stone before the design process begins.

Design Your Perfect Custom Jewelry at JustDesi

Ready to create your own jewelry design? Make a custom design appointment with a JustDesi jewelry expert. At your appointment, you’ll meet with one of our designers and talk through your design ideas. If you have any questions you need to be answered in advance of your appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us


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