Custom Jewelry at J. Douglas Jewelers
One of the services that J. Douglas Jewelers values the most is custom jewelry designs. With one of the top jewelry designers in the South Florida area, Gary Schick, J. Douglas can assist any shopper who walks through their front door. Gary has decades of experience in the custom jewelry design game and loves taking a customer’s idea, and turning it into a reality. Whether you have a picture example, another piece to match with, or just a faint idea of what you want your custom piece to look like, Gary can input the design into the computer, and show you exactly what it will look like. Once approved, your custom jewelry design will come to life in a matter of 3 – 6 weeks (depending on availability and intricacies of the design).
Take a look below at the wealth of information Gary has put together to assist any customer who is considering a custom jewelry design. We have listed things to know and durability answers for earrings, necklaces, rings and bracelets. Also listed is information about the different types of metals, metal finishes, stone choices, and the 4 c’s necessary to understand for diamonds. Use this information as a tool to gather your thoughts on the different types of custom designs you can put together. With these elements to consider, you can always use it as tips on the best materials and design elements to choose from, so when you meet with Gary, you can get started down a path to creating a beautiful piece of jewelry.
Custom Ring Designs
Things to Know
When coming in for custom ring designs, it is best to know what type of ring you need. Is it an engagement ring, wedding band or a unique style for any loving occasion? If you’re looking to design something from scratch, try and have an idea of what you’re looking to have made, or if trying to match with another ring, ensure you can bring in that ring to measure and match the styles.
It is key to know the budget and how often you plan for this ring to be worn. Those two bits of information will determine how durable a ring can be. Our metal charts below explain the expense and durability for each metal type, but keep in mind, the softer the metal the more it can be damaged. Also, if you go with an alternative metal for strength, ensure it is for someone who won’t require potential resizing as it is nearly impossible to resize this metal.
Custom Necklace Designs
Things to Know
When building a custom necklace, there are a couple of things you should know. First, you should know what style of necklace you’re looking to have made. You will also need to figure out the metal and stones required for the design. Make sure you know what your budget is for the necklace so when you sit down with our custom designer we can ensure that your vision gets brought to life!
When it comes to durability for custom necklaces, you need to determine how often you think the piece will be worn. Something that is planned to be worn on a daily basis will be better off with a higher quality metal such as gold or platinum. Sterling silver is great for pieces that need to be on the slightly less expensive side of things but are not so great for daily wear and tear as it is a softer metal susceptible to dings and scratches.
Custom Bracelet Designs
Things to Know
Bracelet designs can truly be a unique process. There are so many styles to choose from so make sure to have a hint as to what you’re looking for when meeting with our customer jewelry designers. Understand if the design will be solid, flexible or multi-layered. Also, know if you’ll require stones or a simple metal design.It’s also best to consider the wear and tear potential for the jewelry piece.
Durability of a bracelet is a large consideration for this category of jewelry pieces. The potential wear and tear expectations will weigh in on sizing and metal choices. Bracelets have a tendency to move around a lot on a wrist, and risks snagging as well. Use this information to determine if you’re bracelet will require sturdy clasps and a durable metal, or if you can have a more delicate design for limited usage.
Custom Earring Designs
Things to Know
There are a great deal of earring styles available, so be sure to either bring in some example pictures of what you are planning on the earrings to look like, or allow our custom jewelry designer to take the wheel and sketch out a custom design that fits in with your plan. Also, it is best to know what colors you’re interested in using for the design so we know the best stones and metals to choose.
Earring durability is an interesting topic. Depending on how often the earrings will be worn, you can go down different metal paths. A sterling silver set of earrings are more cost-effective, but can have some issues with certain skin types. Gold is a popular metal choice as it tends to have limited skin irritations, and is also more resistant to daily wear and tear. Platinum is one of the strongest natural metal choices, but more expensive.
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Choosing Your Metal
This white metal is one of the most prestigious materials and most expensive to use in custom jewelry designs. It is 100% dense giving it a heavier feel, but is more durable than other materials.
Yellow gold is the most popular choice for this type of metal. Depending on the karat, the quality can vary as well as the density. The price can also vary based on the karat amount.
Palladium is a member of the Platinum family and is also luxurious with its bright white finish, and lightweight durability. Though on the expensive side, this metal is a top choice for custom jewelry designs requiring everyday use.
This metal is on the softer side, leaving it vulnerable to potential scratches and dings. It may be one of the cheaper options available, but can easily be restored. It is not suggested for daily use but more for occasional fashion jewelry.
White gold achieves a classic look similar to that of platinum, but requires a rhodium treatment to uphold the white coloration. Over time, the metal begins to fade and turn yellow, requiring upkeep.
Wolframite and scheelite team up to form what we know as dura tungsten. It is scratch-resistant and comes in a color range from steel to light gray. You can also go with white dura tungsten which looks like white gold and feels heavier than platinum. Dura tungsten is 27% lighter than most tungsten bands, making it suitable for those who don’t want a heavy piece of jewelry.
Rose gold is becoming the new trend for metal colors, while still upholding the same standards as other popular golds such as yellow and white. It can be a great choice for daily use as well.
The space age metal is derived from mineral deposits rutile and ilmenite. The color ranges from a medium blue to bronze. Titanium has a lustrous finish and is corrosion resistant. This metal is very lightweight, and is suitable for those who don’t want a heavy piece of jewelry.
Choose Your Finish
The polished look is the most popular finish for metals when it comes to custom jewelry designs. It has a classic and shiny look to it, providing a clear reflection. The only downside is that polished metal requires more upkeep in defense of scratches that are easily noticeable.
Similar to the bead blasted, the sandblasted ring has a more coarse texture. It is a finish you can feel with the tips of your fingers, and is perfect for those who want a bit of a grainier look to their custom jewelry designs.
The matte finish is similar to the satin finish, but has more of a foggy mirror look to it. It is clean and simple and doesn’t have as much of the shine you see in the polished metals. The matte is a smoother feel than the satin, though has only minor differences.
Ice has a deeper grooved texture that is perfect for a daily use piece of jewelry. This is especially a good choice for rings that can easily be dinged or scratched, The ice finish masterfully offers a smooth ring without the full-on polished look.
Satin finishes have a smooth look and feel and are similar to the look of the polished metals. The main difference is that you are unable to see your reflection in the finish. This is a great option for those who enjoy the look and feel of the polished metal without wanting too much shininess.
The hammered finish is popular for those who prefer a unique look to the jewelry. It offers two different finishes in one. First, a soft satin look and secondly, textured dimples throughout the entirety of the piece.
Bead blasted is the next step up from a satin finish. It has more texture to it while still maintaining a classic look that is simple and clean. This is a great choice for those who love the satin look but want to conceal scratches better for a daily use jewelry.
The vintage look is trending in the jewelry world and is an easily achievable look for your custom jewelry designs. With the application of a black coating or through oxidation, the designer can bring out the vintage feel.
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Choose Your Stone
The garnet is considered to be a precious stone and consists of a deep red mineral. Some view it as the stone of regeneration and stability as well as trust and friendship.
The Ruby in larger sizes is rarer than diamonds and for some, is thought the supreme gemstone. Ancient Romans believed rubies excited the passions and guarded one’s wealth.
The Tourmaline stone comes in a variety of colorations making it a popular choice. Some stones even come in bi-color or tri-color, revealing multiple colors within one stone.
Topaz is available in many different shades ranging from an amber hue to blue. This stone is considered to represent self-expression and communication.
Peridot’s name comes from the Persian Faridat, meaning gem. Today, the US is the top producer coming mainly from the San Carlos Indian reservation in Arizona.
This luxurious stone is often believed to bring luck and health, the green of emerald is representative of life and springtime.
Aquamarine is the essential light blue gem, meaning ocean water. It was believed to promote vitality, health and mental clarity. Though similar, it is less rare than emerald.
Sapphire is most famous as a stunning and regal blue gem. It’s believed to guard one from envy, to increas wealth, and protect rulers from harm.
Tanzanite comes in a luminous blue with hints of violet, and takes on a more purplish hue in artificial light. It is found in the Arusha region of Tanzania, near Mount Kilimanjaro.
Amethyst is the most coveted of the quartz stones. It is celebrated for its calming deep violet hues. Amethyst was also the name of a legendary maiden, Bacchus.
Diamonds are a rare gem of the earth. These stones are among the most popular to be seen in a variety of jewelry designs, and can range in price based on the four “C’s.”
Pearls are unique gems that come from living sea creatures (Oysters). They require no polishing to reveal their beauty and come in a variety of colorations.
The Four “C’s”
The cut of the diamond refers not just to the shape of the diamond, but also the proportion, symmetry, and polish. The proper proportion of a diamond will determine the amount of light refraction that bounces back out of the top of the diamond, giving it that sparkle effect. If the diamond is cut too shallow or deep, the light will escape through the bottom, taking away from its beauty. A diamond’s symmetry is also a key factor is the light refraction, potentially taking away from the diamond’s overall brilliance. Polish of a diamond refers to the defects that can appear when viewed with 10x magnification. There are many different shapes available for your diamond’s cut, including round, princess, oval, marquise, pear, cushion, emerald, ascher, radiant and heart. Talk to our custom jewelry experts to see if the diamond you want for your custom jewelry design will be a good fit.
There are a variety of colors available for diamonds such as pink, blue and yellow, but when it comes to a white diamond, the range of coloration can add or detract from the stone’s value. The diamond colors are graded on a scale from D – Z. D – F are among the colorless group, meaning that they are the clearest and most white of all diamonds. It is best to place these diamonds in white gold or platinum setting as a yellow gold will reflect in the stone taking away from the colorless look. G-J are near colorless and are a great buy. K-M starts to reveal their faint yellow tints to the naked eye, while N-Z are more in the yellow and brown tones. These diamonds are usually found at the chain stores and used as promotional goods to gain more traffic into their store. They are not typically referred to as a high quality stone.
Nearly every diamond has what is called an inclusion (almost like a diamond’s birthmark). These small imperfections inside the diamond can be considered a blemish, and it is rare to find a diamond void of any type of inclusion. The more blemishes found within a diamond, the less brilliant it can be as these marks disrupt the light refraction that gives a diamond its shine. The GIA diamond clarity scale ranges 11 points, starting at Flawless (FL) and making its way down the line to Included (I3). The inclusions are graded based on the ability to see imperfections under 10x magnification. These imperfections include crystal, pinpoint, cloud, cavity, chip, bruise, feather, needle, twinning wisp, natural, indented natural and extra facet.
The carat of a diamond refers to its weight. Today, one carat is equivalent to 0.2 grams (weighing similar to that of a paper clip). A quick note in the jewelry world, carat may sound similar to karat, but differ as karat refers directly to the measurement of gold. When it comes to the increasing carat size of a diamond, it is best to understand that the price increases exponentially once you go larger than 1 carat, this is because diamonds over 1 carat are exceedingly rare, and increases the pricing once you bump up to 2 or 3 carats. The price per carat for 1 carat may differ from the price per carat for a 2 carat diamond, and as the carats increase, so does the price per carat.
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