There is a preconceived idea that custom designing a piece of jewelry is more expensive than selecting a piece out of the showcase. But with our new state of the art manufacturing facility and qualified production team, it is quite the opposite. Unlike the vast majority of jewelry stores in our area, we have an intimidate understanding of the best and most cost effective way to manufacture your piece. Whether it is creating a one of a kind engagement ring or restyling a piece of jewelry from the past, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to create your very own design.
The following are easy steps of the design process with us.
Step 1: Design Consultation
There are no appointments necessary at Zachary’s Jewelers. Staffed at both locations are trained designers who will sit down for a free consultation. You may find inspiration from preexisting pieces in our showcase or a picture pulled off the internet. At this consultation, a staff member will begin highlighting the attributes you wish to include in the future piece and may begin with a simple sketch before moving to the next phase in the design process.
Step 2: Get an Estimate
After a design has been selected, the jeweler will approximate both the time and cost to manufacture the piece. Most custom design pieces can be done in 3-4 weeks and sometimes less. We can also provide several estimates in different metals to create the piece within your desired budget.
Step 3: Begin CAD Design
The CAD system or Computer Aided Design has revolutionized the jewelry industry. It brought the ancient techniques of jewelry design to the 21st century. During this phase of the design process, the customer will be able to review either a wax prototype or computer rendering of the piece. At this point, additional changes or alterations can be made with no additional cost. Once the wax prototype or rendering is approved, the piece moves to casting.
Step 4: Casting and Gemstone Setting
Once the design has been approved, the piece is ready for casting. The act of turning your design into a final piece typically takes 1-2 weeks. Everything from casting to gemstone setting is done under on roof, further eliminating any middlemen.
Step 5: Finishing your Custom Piece and What to Expect Afterwards
Once your finished piece of jewelry is completed, a complimentary appraisal is done to facility insurance replacement. Rings with center diamonds are accompanied with laboratory reports. Making a Zachary’s piece of jewelry entitles you to lifetime jewelry cleaning and servicing. We stand behind every piece we make.