February 7, 2023
We have a huge variety of jewelry on our website, all of which can also be put together completely according to your own style. Besides these existing models, we also like to create special jewelry together with our customers. Do you have a special piece of jewelry in mind, but can't find it anywhere? Or would you simply like to have a unique piece of jewelry? In this blog we will tell you how you can have your own design made at DiamondsByMe!
Almost everyone has a dream ring in mind. Sometimes it can be found on the internet or at the local jeweler, but sometimes not. At DiamondsByMe, we always enjoy the challenge of coming up with a stunning design together with our client. Almost anything is possible, so crawl into your pen/pencil, sketch your dream jewelry and get to work with us to actually realize it.
In the first stage of the process, we need as much information from you as possible. Preferably, we receive a clear sketch or an image of your design. Of course, this can also be an existing design. If you do not have an image, we would like to see your own sketch of the jewelry. Not good at drawing? Don't worry! Of course, this sketch does not have to be a detailed masterpiece. Our designers can, with occasional clarifications, see through anything. However, it is important that you can provide an estimate of the dimensions.
Of course, it is also not entirely unimportant to tell what materials you would like the jewelry to be made of. These days, there are more and more options for incorporating different colors of precious metal in one ring. Think, for example, of a white gold band and a yellow gold setting.
Last but not least: the gemstones! At DiamondsByMe, in addition to all the different cut diamonds, we also have dozens of different types of gemstones that can be incorporated into a piece of jewelry. Is your desired stone not among all gemstones on our website? No problem! We will gladly think along with you about other possibilities, and then search for that one perfect stone we don't yet have ourselves.
Based on all the information we receive, we can make an estimate of what it would cost if we were to actually manufacture your design. This price can always vary slightly. If the estimate differs a lot from the first estimate, a new estimate is made after the first design. Of course, this is always clearly communicated to the customer.
Based on all input, our designers start working on a 3D drawing of the desired design. A so-called render is then made and sent to the customer. A render is a kind of photo that is made of the 3D drawing. On this image(s), you can see the ring in detail in the desired material. Almost all stone types can also be depicted in the render. This render will give a perfect picture of what the jewelry will eventually look like. Based on this render, the customer can indicate whether the drawing is completely to their liking, or whether adjustments still need to be made.
What is unique at DiamondsByMe is that you can now receive a 3D sample ring. Since recently, it is possible to order a dummy ring after receiving the render. This dummy is also called a 3D example jewelry. This is a detailed plastic version of the ring, in the right size and with all the desired dimensions of the stones. This dummy gives you the opportunity to view and try on your design before you actually order it and have it cast in precious metal. Are you completely satisfied? After your approval, we will print the ring in wax. This wax model is different from the dummy, because the plastic dummies cannot be used for booming and casting. Therefore, we use a special 3D printer for printing wax models. A tree dummy is made from these models, which we use to create a perfect mold for casting. The picture below shows a gray dummy ring being sent to the customer. The blue ring is the wax model which is used for a little tree. Want to know more about 3D printing? Then keep a close eye on our page, we'll tell you more soon!
The follow-up process is exactly the same as when you order jewelry directly from our website. The wax model is printed and boomed up. This tree is then placed in a tube, over which plaster is poured. We let this tube of plaster harden in the oven. This melts the wax tree and leaves a perfect imprint in the plaster. The result: a perfect mold. Now the right grade of precious metal can be melted and poured into the mold. When the precious metal has cooled down, the tree is removed from the mold. After this, all jewelry is cut loose, finished one by one and possibly set with the chosen stones. Then it is a matter of polishing and buffing for the perfect end result!
A big difference between DiamondsByMe and a regular jeweler or goldsmith is that we can paint a perfect picture of your dream jewelry in advance. Because we can make a render and possibly a dummy and show this to you, you get a good idea of what to expect.
Because we make everything in-house and therefore do not use an intermediary or depend on suppliers, we can keep our prices so low. We never have to order parts from a wholesaler, which we have to incorporate into a piece of jewelry. Because we control the entire production process, we can save time and money, which in turn is reflected in our prices. In addition, we work with the best diamond merchants in Antwerp, allowing us to buy our stones at a fair price.
The delivery time of a self-designed piece of jewelry is virtually the same as a piece from our website. The only difference is that the drawing and render have to be approved first. Sending a drawing and render usually takes 2-3 working days. If gemstones need to be specially ordered or searched for, or if a (laser) engraving needs to be made, this can of course take longer. However, we will always communicate this in advance.
So remember, you do not have to search endlessly for your dream jewelry! Design your own unique, handmade jewelry for your special moment or memory. Work with our design team to draw your dream jewelry and have it manufactured by one of our master goldsmiths. You will then have your unique piece of jewelry at home within a few weeks! And all for a fair low price.
That's why DiamondsByMe ;-)