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Custom Jewelry Design Process

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Valentino’s Custom Jewelry Design Process

Custom Jewelry DesignOur custom jewelry design process starts with your vision and inspiration. We will closely work with you to bring your concept to life for custom-designed diamond rings, engagement rings, pendants, bracelets, and earrings. To aid in the creative process and to guide your imagination, we can show you many examples of custom-designed pieces and a large selection of loose gems.

Once we have a clear understanding of your style preference–modern, vintage, bold, or delicate–and your choice of precious metals and gemstones, we provide a cost estimate and timeline for completion of the piece. Typically, it takes six weeks from initial consultation to delivery of the final product.

Contact us to schedule a free custom jewelry design consultation with our highly talented and experienced jewelers. We specialize in custom design engagement rings.

Computer-Aided Design (CAD)

After developing hand-drawn sketches, we produce a computer-aided design, or CAD drawing, that gives a more exact rendering of the piece. The CAD drawing is presented to you for approval of all design elements. After your review of the CAD drawing, you can indicate any changes or adjustments to the design you would like to see before fabrication begins. Once the final version of the CAD drawing is approved, the fabrication process begins.

Jewelry Fabrication

Custom Jewelry DesignIn the first step of the fabrication process we create a wax model based on the CAD drawing. The wax model is an exact, 3-D representation the piece. Once the wax model is complete, we present it to you for approval and feedback.

We then place the wax model in a cylinder and pour in investment, which is similar to plaster of Paris. After air bubbles are extracted from the investment, the cylinder containing the encased wax model is placed into a kiln that is heated to 1,200 degrees. The heat burns out the wax leaving a perfect impression of the piece of jewelry. We then pour molten silver, gold or platinum into the mold to make a cast of the piece.

Quality Control and Craftsmanship

To ensure quality fabrication, craftsmanship, and control, all custom jewelry work is performed onsite in our Novato store where we utilize the latest manufacturing processes and equipment including:

  • A cutting-edge laser welder that allows us to provide services ranging from the repair of costume jewelry to platinum fabrication welding
  • A powerful microscope that enables us to perform exceedingly delicate, high-precision work on structural components and details that the naked human eye could otherwise not see
  • A highly specialized, computer-run kiln that ensures perfect casting and consistent quality
Custom Jewelry Design - Pendant by Mark Singerman Designs

Custom Jewelry Design – Pendant by Mark Singerman Designs

Our Custom Jewelry Design Guarantee

  • We will strive to provide you with the highest level of personal service and craftsmanship.
  • If any any problem arises due to the craftsmanship of your custom piece of jewelry, we will repair it at no cost.
  • All diamonds we purchase are guaranteed to be conflict free. Valentino jewelers is committed to ensuring that the highest ethical standards are observed when sourcing our diamonds. We support the Kimberley Process–an international process that tracks and certifies that diamonds are ethically sourced.

Why Settle for the Ordinary? Our custom jewelry designs are priced competitively with the jewelry you will find at the big chain stores and large custom designed jewelry manufacturers. Call or email us to find out more about our custom-designed jewelry services. Tel: 415-898-1915

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