Custom Jewelry Design - Our Step by Step Guide

Whether you are visiting us online or in our Bellevue showroom, you will be working with highly skilled artisans devoted to helping you design and create the jewelry of your dreams.

Custom designed jewelry is our passion. As a family owned and operated store, our core interest is your satisfaction with the final result. Joseph and Danny are the owners as well as designers with a combined 45 years of experience in jewelry making. They each offer a wealth of information in jewelry making and have a vested interest in your shopping experience, with the goal of forging relationships that last a lifetime. Expect Excellence.

 

Custom Jewelry Design Process

Custom Jewelry Step 1 Design and Free Quote

To start a new design, choose from our selection of examples or browse our site and add styles you like to your "Saved Items" list. You can also upload images or drawings from your computer to your design page. more info

Once your choice of design, gemstones and metal quality is determined we will be able to provide you with an estimate for the finished product. In most cases we can work within your budget by manipulating the grade of material. more info

Custom Jewelry Step 2 Collaboration - 3d Modeling and Wax Molds

Joseph Jewelry artists will create 3D computer models of your design. You can make as many changes as needed until your design is perfect.
Upon request, rendered images of your 3D model can be emailed to you, posted to your online design account, or viewed in person by visiting the store. more info

Upon placing your order, you can request to view a full-size wax version of your design. This prototype is full-scale and will show you the exact detail and dimensions of your project. more info

Custom Jewelry Step 2 Production

On approval we begin creating your piece using either hand fabrication or metal casting – which ever will yield the finer quality to complement the complexity of the design. Finally your gemstones will be set into the polished piece by our most experienced jewelers, ensuring you receive a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece of heirloom-quality jewelry that will be enjoyed for generations to come. more info

 

Designing Jewelry Online

The Joseph Jewelry website makes it easy to communicate and design extraordinary jewelry with the creation of your online account.

You can browse our website or the internet for pictures that show techniques, finishing styles and metal colors you like. Choose pictures of gemstones or diamonds of different qualities and sizes. Or search for pictures of jewelry that inspire you. Then, upload these images and add comments through your Joseph Jewelry account.

Get Started

 

Design Ideas

Your consultation is designed to offer you comfort in a welcoming environment. You'll be meeting with highly skilled artisans who will devote their attention to understanding your needs, style and preferences.

You'll see a variety of jewelry styles and be shown examples of finished pieces that show a variety of precious metal qualities: their shades and colors, artistic techniques and finishes.
Our jewelers will then create sketches or computer-generated images to show you how your design might look.

Our artisans can quickly create drawings to show you how your design might look

 

Your Free Quote

Once your choice of design, gemstones and metal quality is determined we will be able to provide you with an estimate for the finished product. In most cases we can work within your budget by manipulating the grade of material.

We are confident you will be happy with your experience at Joseph Jewelry. .

Please be advised all estimates are for two weeks time. Prices are subject to change according to market prices of precious metal and gemstones.

 

3d Modeling

After the down payment is received, a Joseph Jewelry artisan will begin creating a 3D model of the design we started in step one. During this step you can still make any changes or modifications to your design – having the 3D model allows us to visually confirm any changes made at this point. It doesn't matter how many changes you make, there will be no change to the original estimate as long as we are working on the original project without adding gemstones or materials - if we are adding any material or gemstones then an adjustment to the original price will be made accordingly.

Rendered images of your 3D model can be emailed directly to you, posted to your online design account, or can be viewed in person by visiting the store. The computer-rendered images allow us to show you realistic views of your design as it will look when finished in the exact metal and gemstones (if any) you have chosen.

After you have made all your design adjustments and have viewed the rendered images of your design we will ask for your final approval of the 3D model.

wireframe model
A computer-generated rendered image

 

Wax Molds

On approval we will then use stereo lithography technology to "print" a full-size wax version of your design. This technology allows us to create the most intricate and complex details possible in the jewelry industry, within an accuracy of two hundredths of a millimeter; this means you can literally expect perfection from our workmanship.

If you would like to see the wax prototype, you are welcome to stop by for viewing or we can mail it to you anywhere in the world. This prototype is full-scale and will show you the exact detail and dimensions of your project.

Our commitment to you is excellence in workmanship and service. If, after viewing the prototype, you approve the final design, we are then ready to start production.

Custom Ring wax mold

 

Production

In the final step we begin creating the piece. We will use stock metal fabrication or metal casting - which ever will yield the finer quality to complement the complexity of the design.
Our highly skilled jewelers each possess at least 15 years of experience and are masters at what they do.

 

Fabricating a Piece of Jewelry

If your design requires stock metal fabrication, we start by tracing your design on stock metal of a type chosen by you. Then we cut out the traced section and begin to shape or forge it according to your design. In some cases multiple pieces must be cut and shaped then soldered together. Other detail-oriented techniques like filigree, repoussé, inlay and more may be required in order to form the finished product.

 

Casting Your 3D Design

Joseph Jewelry uses a state-of-the-art computerized casting machine that negatively vacuums all oxygen out of the casting chamber and replaces it with released argon gas to purify the environment for casting. This closed environment eliminates all porosity that would otherwise occur naturally due to oxidization. Porosity (tiny air bubbles in the metal) is a sign of an inferior casting and is normally seen on the surface of high-polished metal and will always occur during open-air casting. This is why our argon-gas vacuum chamber is so important.

This casting machine also allows us to pre-program the perfect temperature for any given metal to prevent the overheating of the metal we are casting. Because different metals become malleable at different temperatures it is important to be precise when heating. Too much heat could damage the metal, while too little could produce an incomplete result. Our computerized casting machine eliminates all of the guesswork that would otherwise occur when a jeweler is casting, creating a perfect casting of the chosen metal every time.

After we have cast your design our experienced jewelers will finish and polish your piece. Many styles of finishing can be applied to a piece of jewelry. The most common is a high-polish finish, but the options are endless. Matte finish with various grades of texture, vintage hand-engraving and on and on.

Your diamonds and gemstones are set by our most experienced jewelers and you receive a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece of heirloom-quality jewelry that you can enjoy for generations.


The final product will be cast and then finished and polished using tried-and-true bench techniques by our master jewelers

Our state-of-the-art computerized casting machine makes casting metal with a torch seem archiac