Please look through our website to get a sense of which styles you like. The Wedding and Eclipse collections offer very unique ideas that might help you come up ideas to tailor your own design. If you've been inspired by other things, please feel free to share those with us so we can incorporate that into your design.
Contact the Studio
Let us know what you are interested in by telling us more about your vision. Don’t hesitate to be as specific as possible. The more information you can provide, the better. Have you seen something on our website but want to use an old stone? Or do you want a different stone? A different material? A different finish? No problem! Please let us know what you have in mind and should you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
At this point we'll set up an appointment either in person or virtually. If you're not located in Chicago, no worries, we frequently work with people all over the world. Through phone, email, or skype we can discuss exactly what you have in mind. We are here for you every step of the way, so please never hesitate to let us know if you have any questions at all.
If you have any heirloom stones* or metals you would like to incorporate into your piece be sure to bring them with you to the appointment or send pictures if you're not in town so we can get a better idea of the scope of the project. During this appointment/first talk we will start sketching a design for your piece to help clarify that we understand what you have in mind. The design may be finalized at this time or through further communication scanning drawings into an e-mail, which we can discuss further on the phone or via email.
*Stones: Whenever possible, encourage clients to reuse stones from heirloom pieces or other jewelry. However, if you want to include stones but do not own any, we would be delighted to find the right one for you within your budget. We do not keep large stones in inventory which allows us to get you exactly what you want. We can set up a separate appointment to discuss the stones and pick them out if you need.
We may go back and forth a few times with drawings to make sure we get it just right. After the first drawings have been finalized we will start creating your custom piece. At this point we will also be able to give you an estimate of what your piece will cost, and we will require a non-refundable 50% deposit so we can get started. If we are using your stones they can be used as collateral for the piece.
Keeping You Informed
We will stay in contact with you throughout the entire process of making the piece to ensure that it is exactly what you want. We will send you pictures of the piece or you can stop by the studio to take a look for yourself. This step depends a lot on the piece we are making for you. For example, if we are creating a ring for you we might have you come in to see the wax model that we have carved, which will be the final step before the metal casting. If you're not in town, we can send pictures or we are happy to send the actual wax model to you so you can see your design in three dimensions before the final casting or setting of stones. We can also email you pictures to ensure everything looks exactly how you imagined it - or better!
We take great care in communicating the design throughout the drawing and conceptual process. The wax model is the final step before your piece is cast in metal, so any adjustments that may need to be made can be done at this stage. Due to the amount of time and creative energy we invest in each piece, if significant design changes are needed more than once, additional charges will apply - however that has yet to happen ;)
The Finished Product
Once the final model is approved we can now cast your piece and/or set the stones. Hand engraving with a personalized message is available at this point in the process. Finally, it will be time to come pick up your piece, or we can also ship it to you fully insured through the carrier of your choosing. Custom jewelry is not returnable but should any ring sizing issues occur, we will make the adjustments free of charge.
You can now enjoy your custom one of a kind piece of sculptural jewelry forever!