What is the Design Process?
Have an idea in mind for a custom piece of jewelry but don't know where to start? We can make your vision come to life! Come in to our Colorado Springs location today and we'll get started on a fabulous piece of custom jewelry that will be yours and only yours.
We start by defining an idea and present a sketch. This assures the picture in your mind is a match with our designer's interpretation.
From the sketch, we determine a cost quote for approval (based on labor and materials).
For all projects, the most highly skilled goldsmith or craftsman is chosen for each area of expertise. Laser welding and computer aided design and manufacturing are two of the latest technologies employed to achieve the finest completed custom projects.
If the design dictates, a wax model is carved by one of our goldsmiths. Any revisions or corrections to the design will be made for final approval. The wax model is then mounted into a flask which is filled with “investment,” a material similar to plaster of Paris, which hardens around the wax model. The flask is then heated to burn out the wax, leaving a cavity into which molten metal is forced by various methods. Hence the term “lost wax cast.” When cooled, the investment is removed to reveal the metal, which is now ready for finishing and setting gemstones. Some designs will be hand fabricated, assembled from gold or platinum sheets, bars, and wires shaped into the finished design. Some designs may be a combination of casting and hand fabrication.
Whatever the project—whether you are reinventing a lost treasure or creating a new one—we work closely with you and a designer to insure your complete satisfaction.
Come in to our Colorado Springs jewelry store today and begin creating your very own custom piece!