Designing custom jewelry is not as expensive as it sounds.
Personalizing jewelry is becoming the preferred and more practical way to purchase pieces from watches to engagement rings. So if you are planning to propose soon, consider making a ring to suit the style of your significant other.
Jewelry Designer Greg Bires has been creating jewelry for more than three decades, and says more than half of his business now comes from custom orders. Bires credits the change to the millennial generation because many of them are using inherited gemstones to create an updated look.
"The nice thing about being able to design a piece is there’s no limitations," Bires said. "Whatever a person has in mind, we can recreate those. We can incorporate their ideas.”
Custom orders create flexibility for people who do not know exactly what they want. Angie's List says that's where picking an experienced jeweler becomes important.
“First, look at the work they’ve already done to get a sense of their style to be sure it’s going to match what you’re looking for, and then be able to clearly articulate the types of things you like, even bring in pictures of things that are your style," Angie's List Founder Angie Hicks said.
Creating that one-of-a-kind piece may take multiple conversations with your designer. If you are designing a ring, consider making a wax model first in order to ensure proper fit and style.