There are many costs associated with a custom designed piece
of jewelry. Each job is different but the pricing process
is the same. Inevitably the stones, or centerpiece gem may
be the top cost of a custom jewelry design, then the actual
creation is made around that stone or stones, and the size you select. We usually recommend
you purchase the main gem or diamond from us first and then
we work closely with you to design the jewelry for your taste,
desire and budget. Below are the factors to consider
when pricing a job to be done in a custom manner.
Design Style Traditional, Contemporary, Artsy,
Vintage. Is it sentimental? Religious/symbolic? Modern or Antique?
Wearability Everyday, everyhere, a few times a month, once per year.
Complexity Simple, Curvy, Multiple Stone,
Symmetrical or not, Setting Styles, Dimension, Curves, Multi-metal, Textures,
Wild. The occasion?
Size/Orientation A lot will depend on where
on your body you will wear it, what your finger can handle?
Where it will be worn; work, home, play, or everyday? Stones
aligned down the finger, across the finger, straight up and
down your chest, etc. How big do you want it? Bigger usually
is more metal, more work, more stones, more money.
Accent Stones or Metals Do you want Sapphires
with your diamonds, or side diamonds with your family birthstone?
How many stones? How big of the stones? Colors, Clarity and
All of these factors coupled with your ideas on how you want
the piece to look will determine the final cost. In addition
your ability to make a decision based upon drawings, wax models,
prototypes, and discussions will also determine the final
cost of this design project. We can recommend, interpret,
and suggest, but ultimately it s your decision.
We give very good cost estimates based on our experience
in designing tens of thousands of pieces over the past 22 years. When
we give you a cost it will never be over unless you change
the job in a major way many times the final price will come
in under the estimate once all the hours are tabulated and
metals, stones are weighed. We can also take trade-ins of
old gold and other metals. Many times we can use your diamonds,
gems, and even your "sentimental" metals in the
new design; it saves you money and allows you to continue
to enjoy "family" jewels or that special gold ring
your mother gave you many years ago, such as an heirloom piece.
Here are the COST details for a typical DESIGN breakdown
(every job is different):
Metals/Golds($1800/oz) 14kt yellow
$100/gram 14kt white gold $110/gram
18kt yellow $140/gram
18kt white gold $150/gram
Platinum $140/gram or $1600/oz*
note we use Platinum .95% and Iridium 5% (no cobalt or ruthenium) Our platinum mixture is the same as Harry Winston used since the 1900s in his jewelry for the rich and famous.
NOTE: We do take Trade Ins of Gold,
so if you give us 10 grams of good gold we can use it in your
job and you would not be charged for 10 grams otherwise
if your gold is mixed and not good quality we can trade "scrap
value" typically $10 to $15 per gram (10kt), thus offsetting your
costs by that amount. Not all gold is the same, some foreign
manufactured goods are low quality mixes of 9kt and this would
impact the appearance of your custom design if it was used
in the construction.
Diamonds 1pt-9pt (0.01ct 0.09ct)
H I Si2 $1000/ct
G H Si1 $1400/ct
G/H VS $1600/ct
F G VVS $2000/ct
*All very fine cuts, quantity will get
Diamonds over 0.10cts 0.20cts from
$1500/ct - $2000/ct. Bigger stones quoted upon request with EGL or GIA certificate.
Certified Diamonds available from 1/4ct on up we will still
be very competitive in ANY diamond.
Initial Design Wax Carving $100-200 depending on the complexity.
CAD/CAM minimum $500 for the 3D design and $100 for wax or plastic ready to cast. Complex CAD Designs live class rings are $1200-$1500 per job.
Mold Making $100
Waxes $150 to $200
Casting $200 on up. Platinum $500
Stone Setting Pave or Bead Set Small Stones
$10 per stone, emeralds $15 per stone
Bezel Setting $50 per stone
Channel Work $50 per hour
Prong Set Small Stones $8/stone
Prong Set Larger Stones, Diamonds,
Tanzanites $150 to $300 per karat
Metal Fabrication versus Wax ---
Mold ---Cast Techniques $65/hour Gold and Silver
Platinum $80 per hour (Hand Fabricated or Hand Made)
We now cast in palladium - the new pure white metal harder and heavier than white gold. Palladium- Iridium is a platinum group metal.
Final Polishing $100 to $200 per job
Total Cost will be a combination
of Design Labor, Metal Costs, Stone Costs, Setting Costs,
Finishing/Polishing and actual construction whether it be
wax to cast, CAD or hand fabrication such as most of our Platinum
work. When we quote a job usually from a basic discussion
we can get close but will never have the final cost until
it is done so many times we will say "under $500"
that means it will NOT be over that unless someone changes
the design process, and many times it will be less, but we
will always keep you in the design loop so there is no surprises
and you get the special design you want at the cost you budget.
That is our PROMISE. Please CALL JEFF Toll-Free 1-800-376-6725 for any questions or if you are ready to
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