Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does it cost?
- How long does it take?
- What if I don't know the ring size?
- Are you going to make a whole bunch of copies of my ring?
- I saw a ring by another designer, can you make a copy for me with my diamond?
- Can I have another jeweler copy the piece of jewelry I get from you?
- Can I use my own Gold?
- Can I use my own Gemstones?
- What Metals do you work in?
- Do you work in Titanium?
- Is Custom work more costly than readymade jewelry?
- How much does Custom Jewelry cost?
- Where do I go from here?
Custom Designed Jewelry can cost less than you might expect. Of course, it's more costly than mass produced, often poorly made jewelry, but it's worth it to get a quality piece, made just the way you want it. See our "How much does it cost?"
Once we agree on a design, and accept a deposit, it usually takes about 6-8 weeks until we are done. At this point the jewelry is ready to ship. Before this, sometimes there will be some time of back and forth before we arrive at the design that is truly perfect for you. It takes a little longer via the internet, but that's part of the process.
As soon as we have started the job, we can send you a set of ring size's to try on.
The answer is No, with some clarification. If your piece of jewelry is unique to you, a very distinctive design, then we will not copy those elements that make it yours. While we retain ownership on the copyright of all works we create, as a courtesy we don't exactly copy custom designs we have made specific to a particular customer. If you are only making a version of one of our regular designs, then yes, we can still make it. If your design is generic, that is, not specific, then yes, we cannot allow that to be taken away from our repertoire.
We do not copy other designer's work. From a legal standpoint it is prohibited. Since we create unique designs ourselves, and hate it when they're copied, we won't do it to others. Certainly, though, if you would like to have a design in a certain motif, or style, or feeling, perhaps with the same essence expressed by an example you found, we can certainly design a new piece that meets your expectations. Also some designs are what is termed "generic" and are simple enough, and widespread enough that no one can claim ownership of them. These designs we can recreate.
No. We retain copyright on everything we make.
Good question, in these times of high precious metals costs. Some jewelers do this, but to recast old gold into new jewelry causes severe quality problems in the new piece. We know, we have seen them. We will recycle your old gold materials by turning them in to our refiner, and give you credit towards your custom job.... so in effect we are using your gold. It's like you have an old car from the 1980's. Wouldn't you like to take it back to the factory and say 'hey, I've got the metal, wires, leather and rubber? Run it back through the factory, make a new one and just charge me the labor-couple of grand, right?"
Here at PRIMA JEWELERS at Re Creations Furniture Design Studio, recycling your old gold and using your stones we can make you a new piece of jewelry that new would cost thousands, but using your items will cost in the hundreds and it'll be the beautiful and the envy of your friends!
Certainly! We are more than happy to set your heirloom diamonds or gemstones in a new piece. Colored Gemstones of large enough size can even be refreshed and refurbished like new. Let's take those old pieces of jewelry that are in the bottom of your jewelry box and make them into something new and exciting!
We work in precious metals: Platinum, Palladium (a platinum group metal), 18 Karat Yellow Gold, 14 Karat Yellow Gold, 14 Karat X-1 White Gold (a superior white gold alloy, very white), 14 Karat Palladium White Gold, 14 Karat Red Gold, 14 Karat Green Gold, and Sterling Silver. These metals offer the work ability, and durability needed for the artistic creation of fine jewelry. We work with them using fabrication, casting, reticulation, hand engraving, and advanced stone setting techniques. We sometimes create wax models for casting using CAD/CAM (computer assisted design and manufacturing) but always finish and detail the pieces by hand.
We do not work in industrial metals; Stainless steel, tungsten, titanium, niobium, etc., because they require industrial techniques and machining, which we are, by choice, not set up to do. Also, we have yet to discover anyone else who offers to do actual custom design work in these metals. Because of the industrial techniques used in production, designs are limited by the tooling used, and are usually reserved to mass production. An artist studio produces a work in precious metals, a factory produces industrial metal pieces.
Sometimes yes, sometimes no, but it represents a better value. You may spend a little more than you would for mass produced jewelry, but you get a lot more for your money. It should be noted that with our pieces, doing custom work, there is original design work, individual attention, model making, casting a one of a kind piece, and finally a level of individual hand craftsmanship in polishing and stone setting that are totally different than factory mass production. It means you end up with a vastly superior piece of jewelry.
We hear this question quite often. In many cases you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that quality custom jewelry can be had for less than the price of a big name designer ring, and the quality surpasses that of mass produced items. Custom Jewelry, by its very definition, is unique and made specifically for your exact desires and expectations. Here we will give some examples to show a general range of how items compare in price.
Here is a simple yet elegant ring with three emerald cut gemstones, supplied by the customer. This ring was made to exactly fit the customer's stones, so it is one of a kind. A ring like this would be around $1,300. In 14K white or yellow gold, or $2,300. In platinum, or $500. In Sterling however all must be done with an estimate first. This will include most wedding bands with symbols, lettering, or standard Celtic knots. Examples of rings in the $1,200. To $1,400 range, not including stones: These rings are a bit more complex, requiring additional labor and skills. A custom ring similar to this one would be about $1575. in 14 karat gold, or $2500 in platinum, or $900 in sterling silver not including gemstones.
Generally adding either complexity - or - heaviness to a custom ring will increase it's cost. So labor for more gem setting, complex designs, and hand engraving will add to the cost, but often make a more beautiful ring.
Of course we also make other jewelry such as pendants and earrings.This pendant was made using the customer's choice of a Kanji Japanese language symbol, and we can make just about any symbols you might like. Expect to pay around $800. For a pendant like this in 14 karat gold, or $400. In sterling silver.
We can create custom jewelry to fit your gemstones, or with any symbol or logo you need. We also do multiple runs of custom pieces for your company, club, or family.
We can set your ancient or contemporary coins in a custom made setting which will complement it perfectly. Sterling silver offers a great choice for jewelry. It has a soft glow and recessed areas will oxidize to a dark gray with age or we can antique them when making the custom jewelry. Most custom jewelry in sterling silver will cost between $300. and $900. All will be done with an estimate.
We can also create multiple items for organizations, families, or companies. These rings for a gentleman's club were made in sterling silver. The model will be given in an Estimate. Each ring after that will be estimated in a group package deal. Pendants, or key chains with your logo could be as little as $60. Each after the initial model estimate will be given first before work begins and work can be 6-8 weeks from after the approval begins.
Get a Quote PRIMA JEWELERS at Re Creations Furniture Let us know a bit more about your custom jewelry project and we will get back to you with either more questions, a quote, and/or a drawing, as soon as possible.