There is a preconceived idea that custom designing a piece of jewelry is more expensive than selecting a piece out of the showcase. But with our new state of the art manufacturing facility and qualified production team, it is quite the opposite. Unlike the vast majority of jewelry stores in our area, we have an intimate understanding of the best and most cost effective way to manufacture your piece. Whether it is creating a one of a kind engagement ring or restyling a piece of jewelry from the past, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to create your very own design. The following are easy steps of the design process with us:
There are no appointments necessary at Zavius Jewelers. You may find inspiration from preexisting pieces in our showcase or a picture pulled off the internet. At this consultation, a staff member will begin highlighting the attributes you wish to include in the future piece and may begin with a simple sketch before moving to the next phase in the design process.
GET AN ESTIMATE
After a design has been selected, the jeweler will approximate both the time and cost to manufacture the piece. Most custom design pieces can be done in 3-4 weeks and sometimes less. We can also provide several estimates in different metals to create the piece within your desired budget.
HAND CARVING A WAX PIECE
The jeweler hand carves a piece of wax using a sketch of the design.
CASTING AND GEMSTONE SETTING
Once the wax piece has been approved, the piece is ready for casting. The act of turning your design into a final piece typically takes 1-2 weeks. Everything from casting to gemstone setting is done under our roof, further eliminating any middlemen. Your piece never leaves our store. Unlike other stores, we have a full jewelry shop staffed with a master jeweler, master stone setter and several jewelers that assist in the polishing process, chain creation, cleaning and repairs. Zavius chooses an open shop concept so you are able to view the process; we have nothing to hide and want customers to really understand the process and appreciate the workmanship. We combine old world craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology to create your unique piece.
FINISHING A CUSTOM PIECE AND WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER
Once your finished piece of jewelry is completed, a complimentary appraisal is done to facilitate insurance replacement. Rings with center diamonds are accompanied with laboratory reports. Making a Zavius piece of jewelry entitles you to lifetime jewelry cleaning and servicing. We stand behind every piece we make.