Custom Hand-Made Jewelry

The Custom Hand-Made Jewelry Design Process

Most of what I do is custom hand-made jewelry. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. So I thought I’d take a moment to discuss how this works here at Artisan Jewelers. Creating a custom piece for the first time can be a daunting goal if you are unfamiliar with the process. First is the consultation. I like to sit down with my clients and get a feel for what they want. Some desires are specific: for example, a diamond ring with an Asscher-cut diamond surrounded by round  melee. If diamonds or gemstones are called for I get a selection sent in at no obligation to you. I will walk you through the process of choosing the right stone for you.

From here we sort out some basic design elements like the over-all width of the ring, material, symmetry, personal taste as far as style; modern, antique, traditional, eclectic, organic, urban baroque, contemporary filigree, fantasy or a mix.

Next we meet again to discuss the designs. I went to art school, so I am very hands-on. My designs are hand drawn and I am not limited to using stock images from a computer program, which are based on existing manufactured jewelry. CAD-CAM is fun but also confining from a design standpoint. Choosing from a list of previously made jewelry and altering a few things is not my idea of custom.

Designed and Handmade In House

Once a design is chosen I carve from a solid piece of wax. This I also do by hand. It is my niche. I am faster than the machines and can create angles and curves that the machines cannot. The filigree bezel in the featured ring here was carved by hand. It is a fun process and one that I have always enjoyed. 

A finished wax can be altered. I encourage people to be completely honest when they try on their wax model. This is the last step before a finished piece and making changes at this point is not a problem, not at all. My goal is to create a unique and stunning piece of wearable art that you will love forever.



Your Custom Design

How It Works


Chat With An Expert

Let’s start with a conversation about what you would like to see for yourself or as a gift for another.

Gem Selection

Let’s find that perfect diamond, but don’t stop there — sapphires, emeralds, opals, topaz, and so much more. 


Your Design Direction

Your tastes and preferences set the stage.  We want you to be thrilled with the final creation and wear your jewelry with joy.