Firstly, we can alter items we have in stock. This can mean three things:
- We order your desired version from the designer (i.e. Gabriel & Co. New York),
- We alter a ring that's in stock (i.e. replacing a sapphire to a diamond),
- We remake the ring with your desired alterations (i.e. recreate a style in yellow gold instead of white).
The other alternative to buying from our current stock is creating a custom design. Semi-custom is when we modify an existing design. We can often order the ring or the components and our goldsmiths will assemble and polish it for you.
Full custom, however, is another story. It’s a careful process with many steps to ensure perfection. First, we present the client with sketches or renderings of potential designs for them to choose from based on their requests. Then, we digitize it through a CAD program; you can see the rendering before we print it in 3D resin. Once printed, you can actually come see the to-scale 3D model to touch, change, or approve. Then, we cast the ring in-house using our equipment. Next, our goldsmiths and gem-setters set your stones and polish your metal. Finally we are left with a one-of-a-kind custom piece of jewelry, but one can see why it takes 4-6 weeks to complete.
This is why we recommend browsing for engagement rings a few months before you plan on popping the question. Unless you fall in love with something right out of the showcase (the options are plenty, and beautiful), some cushion-time is often required. Jewelers can be miracle workers, we’ve rushed many jobs before, but working within a reasonable timeline is ideal.
Stop by our Gabriel & Co. New York Trunk Show this April 3 & 4 for 1000s of engagement and fine jewelry styles. We will also have loose Diamonds & Sapphires to be set into a ring if desired. All things considered, if you have a special proposal date in mind, kindly come see us a few months prior so we can ensure your experience is flawless. To all the last minute shoppers: challenge accepted 😘