If you’ve ever dreamed of the perfect piece of jewelry, it’s possible to have that dream come true.
Custom jewelry is an art, and expert craftsmen can make the ring, necklace or other piece of jewelry to suit your specific taste and needs.
“With a lot of our customers the work we do is based on a piece someone wants to redesign or has inherited,” says Martha Sanchez, manager at State Street Jewelers, in Geneva. “Sometimes we do pieces that have been worn so long they are worn out and they need to be remade for safety’s sake. Some of our customers may have an engagement ring that was either an heirloom or gift and they want a wedding band to match. We make a shadow band or custom band to sit next to it.”
State Street also works with a vendor who travels to other countries to buy and cut gemstones. “We sell the loose stones at our gem shows and our customers have a custom piece made with their new gemstones. We’ve also had people bring loose gemstones they've gotten on trips and from family.”
State Street’s gemologists conduct a consultation with the customer regarding their budget, desired style and chosen gems.
“We come up with a design they'll enjoy,” says Sanchez. “We narrow it down to what they wear most and get their design sense. Sometimes people bring us pictures. Sometimes we do drawings.”
State Street Jewelers uses a computer-assisted design (CAD) system to allow the customer to see what their finished piece will look like. If specialty details such as scrollwork are desired, craftsmen hand carve a wax model of the piece first. Once the customer approves the design, it’s cast in the metal of choice, and the gems are set for the finished piece.
The designs, Sanchez says, are “limitless. If you can put it on a piece of paper we can make it.”