Whenever possible we prefer to schedule a design appointment, that way we can be sure to set aside a block of time just for you. During this time, you will work directly with our artists, designers and metalsmiths to discover the style that matches your vision. Every custom piece is designed, cast, set and finished on-site using the latest technology. Please keep in mind that our artists are exactly that... artists. Sometimes we push the boundaries and sometimes we play it safe, but we will always try our very best to capture your vision. Be prepared for a fascinating experience! Schedule your appointment with us HERE.
If you are out of state or unable to visit our studio, we offer over the phone or email design consultations with one of our designers. Feel free to contact us.
Private High Jewelry consultations with David Iler, Master Jeweler, are available upon request. Please contact us HERE
A Little Preparation Goes A Long Way
Please bring with you any notes, sketches and/or photos that inspire you and portrays your vision to the design meeting. By doing so, our design team has an idea of your own unique style at the beginning of the design process.
Hand-Fabrication vs. Computer Aided Design/Manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
Traditional hand fabrication is the foundation of century old techniques and traditions passed down through generations of skilled artisans. Individual metal components are forged in various stages of cutting, bending, rolling, and sanding, by hand. These are then soldered or welded together to prepare for any diamonds and/or gemstones to be set in place. Jewelry made in this way leaves an imprint of the human hand within its quality and beauty.
In recent years, the precision of CAD/CAM software has brought new possibilities in both design and manufacturing. Used by highly trained designers,CAD/CAM is able to generate photo-realistic renderings of a design before touching the jeweler's hands. When a render is approved, a 3D printed wax mold is formed to which will be cast in metal and finished to perfection by our skilled metalsmiths.
Depending on the design and customer preference, we offer both methods of jewelry creation. We take great pride in assuring only the highest quality craftsmanship leaves our studio.
If CAD is the appropriate method, a Wax Mold is 3D Printed from a CAD Render
Following your initial design meeting, our on-site expert CAD designer will be with you every step of the way, sending you photos of the design via email or with you in person depending on your preference and location. At this time, any final adjustments will be made.
Once the design is approved, we use the latest CAD technology to form a 3D printed wax mold of your piece. This mold will be used to cast your piece in the metal of your choice.
Through fire and flames, your cast is created! Our master jeweler will carefully examine the finished cast for any flaws or porous areas before polishing and prepping for setting any diamonds and/or gemstones.
Have Your Own Stones or Need Us to Source for You?
If gemstones are part of your vision, we will usually start the process by helping to choose the very best stone for you. We stock many fine quality gemstones, and if we don’t have your perfect one on hand, we have a large pool of amazing resources that can locate exactly what you're looking for.
If you have your own stone, bring it to us for an inspection to assure it meets our quality standards. The safety of your stone is our top priority and some stones may not be well suited to be taken out of their original settings or for particular designs. We will provide you with our best recommendations during this time.
The initial consultation can range from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the depth of your design. A custom design may take up to 10 weeks to complete. If less or more time is necessary we will provide you with that information as soon as we are made aware.
Once your design is approved, we ask for a deposit to move forward. Depending on the circumstance, we typically require 50% to 70% down along with full payment towards any special ordered stones. We accept all major credit cards, checks, and cash.