- Dec 29, 2006
For those of you who have not bought stock settings and have chosen the custom (or semi-custom too, I suppose) route, what was the process like? Beginning to end, what happened?
Nah, don''t be sorry - one MUST have a sense of humor in life... and if one loses ones sense of humor, one must then have a sense of humor about not having a sense of humor... and if one loses that one might as well kiss their sanity goodbye!!Date: 2/16/2007 10:44:14 PM
Oops. Sorry, Cehra! Bad timing on my part maybe?I read all about what happened and I''m pleased that things have worked themselves out. Anyway, aside from Cehra (''cause we ALL know what happened there!), would anyone else like to chime in?
I''m curious to know what each step of the process was like. Having never done this before, it''s a huge leap of faith, and I want to know what happens first, second, etc. Right now we''re just at the price quoting stage. The vendor would like us to speak with the jeweler also. Is it possible to see a mock up of what the ring could look like before we decide on it (and the vendor) definitely? I''ve e-mailed the vendor a bunch of settings we love, so I''m anxious to see what they say.
I don''t personally know anyone who has gone the internet route, so I kind of feel like we''re alone in this (aside from PS of course).
Good questions! What type of design are you going for?Date: 2/17/2007 4:58:39 PM
I have finally picked a stone and they are supposedly working on the wax today, so I am still in the middle of the process. Hopefully I will be able to see it next weekend. Any thoughts from you more experienced custom-ers as to what to look for in examining a wax model? Will the wax look bigger or smaller than I can expect from the end product? Anything to look out for?
I went the collaborative middle road -- showed pictures of the attributes of certain existing rings that I liked and wanted to combine, as well as some sketches, and the jeweler did some sketching based on that to incorporate all of the desired elements and also make it look unique and cohesive. The model maker does her full-time work for a major jewelery designer (but does work part time for the family-owned B&M I am using), so I am pretty confident that she understands my vision and will make something with the balance and flow I am looking for.
I''m very excited, but nervous, to see what the wax looks like! I''ll try to remember to bring my camera so I can post some pics of the wax. I am having fun keeping my family in the dark about the design (its got to be a surprise for someone, right?).