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THE PROCESS

Work with an artist to create your one-of-a-kind piece. I specialize in beautiful, unconventional design with Art Deco inspirations but can also create classical and timeless pieces. Engagement rings, wedding bands, anniversary rings, or even push presents are just a few of the occasions to celebrate with creative custom jewelry. 

 

 

1. CONSULTATION

I like to begin by setting up a time to chat with you and for us to get to know each other a little better. If I’m going to create a truly customized piece, I find it’s even more special and fun knowing who it’s for. We'll also discuss timeline, budget, finger size, and answer any questions you may have. Our consultation can be done in person at my studio, by phone or Skype.

Depending on the project and whether I feel it will help us, I may ask you to create an inspiration board; a collection of images that embody your custom piece. See below for some examples. In any case, we’ll talk out everything necessary for me to fully understand the vision of your custom piece.



2. DESIGN

Once I do have a good understanding, I'll begin the design process and will use either of these methods to mock up the design: hand-drawn sketches, wax carving or CAD (3D rendering). You’ll then be shown the mock up and from there, we can make any changes if needed. This step may also include the search for your perfect gemstone if your design requires it. In that case, I might find your stone first and then begin the designing process around it. Designing is certainly an organic and magical process. I prefer not to rush this part of the process, but generally speaking a design will spark within 1-2 months.



3. CREATION

Once you love the design, I'll take the vision and make it a reality. 3D printing, casting, stone setting and hand finishing are just some of the steps it will go through. It truly is a pairing of modern methods and ancient techniques, with everything made by hand in Chicago.


4. COMPLETE

Your piece will take 4-6 weeks for completion. Once finished, I offer hand delivery if you are in the Chicago area. Otherwise we will arrange a secure, signature-required UPS delivery.

 

The entire custom design process can take anywhere from 2 to 6 months, or longer if needed. It can depend on several factors including the complexity of your design or the search for your perfect gemstone. Pricing also varies greatly and is influenced by your choice of metals and gemstones. My custom designs begin at $800. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are curious to know how much your special project could cost. I’m happy to provide an estimate for you.

If you'd like to work together, please take a few moments to answer some questions below. Please allow me up to 3 business days to get back to you. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

-Tina

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