Frequently Asked Questions about Custom
How much does it cost?
Designed Jewelry can cost less than you might expect. Of course, it's
more costly than mass produced, often poorly made jewelry, but it's
worth it to get a quality piece, made just the way you want it. See our
"How much does it cost?" Page.
Q. How long does it take?
A. Once we agree on a
design, and accept a deposit, it usually takes about 8-12 weeks until
we are done. At this point the jewelry is ready to ship.
Before this, sometimes there will be some time of back and forth
before we arrive at the design that is truly perfect for you. It takes
a little longer via the internet, but that's part of the process.
Q. What if I don't
know the ring size?
soon as we have started the job, we can send you a set of ring sizers
to try on.
Q. Are you going to make a
whole bunch of copies of my ring?
A. The answer is No, with
If your piece of jewelry is unique to you, a very distinctive
design, then we will not copy those elements that make it yours. While
we retain ownership on the copyright of all works we create, as a
courtesy we don't exactly copy custom designs we have made specific to
a particular customer.
If you are only making a version of one of our regular designs,
then yes, we can still make it. If your design is generic, that is, not
specific, then yes, we cannot allow that to be taken away from our
You are getting a Celtic design ring with knotwork alternating
with a Tudor rose and a Holly leaf and the initials TRS. We will not
reproduce your ring.
We can still make Celtic knot rings. We can still make Tudor rose
jewelry. We can still use Holly leaves in designs. We can still make a
different ring for a customer with the initials TRS.
Q. I saw a ring by another
designer, can you make a copy for me with my diamond?
A. We do not copy other
designer's work. From a legal standpoint it is prohibited. Since we
create unique designs ourselves, and hate it when they're copied, we
won't do it to others. Certainly, though, if you would like to
have a design in a certain motif, or style, or feeling, perhaps with
the same essence expressed by an example you found, we can certainly
design a new piece that meets your expectations.
Also some designs are what is termed "generic" and are simple
enough, and widespread enough that no one can claim ownership of them.
These designs we can recreate.
Q. Can I have another
jeweler copy the piece of jewelry I get from you?
A. No. We retain copyright
on everything we make.
Q. I want matching
sterling silver pendants for my club emblem, can you help?
A. Certainly! We are able
to create multiple pieces for you to use for a club, a family, in your
business as premiums or for resale. Typically we can quote you a cost
for setup, and a cost to produce the pieces. The setup charges can
start as low as $300, with $400-600 being more typical. Many pendants
can be produced in Sterling silver for as little as $35 each, while
rings start at $60. Low minimum orders of 10 pieces per style make it
easy to get started.
Q. Can I use my own Gold?
A. Good question, in
these times of high precious metals costs. Some jewelers do this, but
to recast old gold into new jewelry causes severe quality problems in
the new piece. We know, we have seen them. We will recycle your old
gold materials by turning them in to our refiner, and give you credit
towards your custom job.... so in effect we are using your gold.
It's like you have an old 1988 Ford sedan.
Wouldn't you like to take it back to the factory and say 'hey,
I've got the metal, wires, leather and rubber. Run it back through the
factory, make a new one and just charge me the labor-couple of grand,
Here at Foxfire Design Studio, recycling your old gold and using
your stones we can make you a new piece of jewelry that new would cost
thousands, but using your items will cost in the hundreds and it'll be
the beautiful and the envy of your friends!
Q. Can I use my own
A. Certainly! We are more
than happy to set your heirloom diamonds or gemstones in a new piece.
Colored Gemstones of large enough size can even be refreshed and
repolished like new. Let's take those old pieces of jewelry that are in
the bottom of your jewelry box and make them into something new and
Q. What Metals do you work
A. We work in precious
metals: Platinum, Palladium (a platinum group metal), 18 Karat Yellow
Gold, 14 Karat Yellow Gold, 14 Karat X-1 White Gold (a superior white
gold alloy, very white), 14 Karat Palladium White Gold, 14 Karat Red
Gold, 14 Karat Green Gold, and Sterling Silver.
These metals offer the workability, and durability needed for the
artistic creation of fine jewelry. We work with them using
fabrication, casting, reticulation, hand engraving, and advanced stone
setting techniques. We sometimes create wax models for casting using
CAD/CAM (computer assisted design and manufacturing) but always finish
and detail the pieces by hand.
Q. Do you work in Titanium?
A. We do not work in
industrial metals; Stainless steel, tungsten, titanium, niobium, etc.,
because they require industrial techniques and machining, which we are,
by choice, not set up to do.
Also, we have yet to discover anyone else who offers to do actual
custom design work in these metals. Because of the industrial
techniques used in production, designs are limited by the tooling used,
and are usually reserved to mass production.
An artist studio produces a work in precious metals, a factory
produces industrial metal pieces.
Q. Is Custom work more
costly than ready made jewelry?
A. Sometimes yes,
sometimes no, but it represents a better value. You may spend a little
more than you would for mass produced jewelry, but you get a lot
more for your money.
It should be noted that with our pieces, doing custom work, there
is original design work, individual attention, model making, casting a
one of a kind piece, and finally a level of individual hand
craftsmanship in polishing and stone setting that are totally different
than factory mass production. It means you end up with a vastly
superior piece of jewelry.
Q. Where do I go from here?
A. Get a Quote or Ask a
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