There is always a prevailing myth that custom jewelry costs more than manufactured pieces. However, since you can select the stone, design, and metal you want, custom-designed jewelry can cost less than you think. Moreover, if you settle for a less intricate design, you can also allow the jeweler to create your piece with less time to finish. You may also select from the design sets that our jewelers are familiar with.
As modern consumers are conscious about being environmentally friendly with their purchases, they also extend this advocacy to the jewelry they buy. Local jewelers create custom jewelry using traditional methods that use fewer chemicals than the machinery used for large-scale jewelry manufacturing. Moreover, local jewelers can recycle materials from your jewelry collection to transform them into another piece you can cherish for years to come.
The average time it takes us to make a custom ring is two weeks. The longest time taken for the manufacturing process is the design. If you select an existing design or have a clear plan for your ring, it will take even less time to make a custom ring for you. The availability of stones and metals can also be a factor. However, since Diamond Source NYC has one of the broadest inventory of diamonds on the market, you can rest assured that getting the stone you want will probably not affect your custom ring's turnaround time.
The average cost of a custom ring is between $500 to $1500. However, the cost varies depending on the choice of metals, the choice of stone, the complexity of design, and the number of accent stones used. Labor costs are also a substantial factor in the cost that goes into the ring. Expect a craftsman's labor charge to be between $100 and $500 for each custom ring. The designer's fee will be at least $500 for your required design. The base metal cost for the shank is between $200 and $800. However, if you select platinum, expect the price to be more than $1000.
If you are looking for a silvery-white shine, you may select from either white gold or platinum as your choice metals for your ring. Platinum is 40% to 50% more expensive than gold. White gold gets its silvery-white shine from the Rhodium plating, which gets scratched off over time, giving aged white gold a yellowish tinge. Platinum holds its color for a longer time. Platinum, though, scratches more easily than 14K gold. However, the textured patina created by the scratches made on a platinum surface is desired by some people. If you opt to restore the shine on the platinum, the scratches are just shifted over back into place. Hence you don't lose any platinum material while cleaning. Both metals are good choices for your ring. However, expect to spend more upfront for platinum than gold, but a ring made with platinum requires less maintenance.