What are you hoping to have made and who is it for?!
Please include anything about this person's style/ lifestyle that would help to determine the best design for them!
Do you have a timetable in mind?
Custom projects tend to take a lot of time and communication! Due to my production schedule I am only able to take on a select number of custom projects per year. Once the design is determined, it generally takes 3- 8 weeks for a custom piece to be completed. When I have an idea of your timetable I can let you know how it might fit into my schedule!
Would you like to work with an existing stone or do you have any types of stones in mind?
If you happen to have a family diamond or gemstone we can absolutely chat about how to incorporate it into a custom piece! I have a small inventory of gemstones that are available for custom projects, but these do not include larger diamonds at this time. Some of my favorite stones to work with are : Sapphire (comes in a variety of colors!), Oregon Sunstone & Tourmaline.
Do you have some pictures of designs you like?
This helps me immensely to get an idea of the style you are looking for! Including pictures, sketches or clear descriptions of what you envision for your piece will help to cut down on both time and cost
Do you have a budget in mind?
I know, I know, this is the least fun part! ;) But a budget will really help me to steer you in a direction of what is possible, and will also help you to plan ahead if you need to save up some cash!
Last but not least, choose a metal type!
In conjunction with deciding on a budget it can be useful to research what type of metal you would like to work with. I am most comfortable with yellow gold and sterling silver.
I do not currently work in platinum, titanium or palladium. White gold requires rhodium plating, which I am not currently equipped for but I am open to exploring this option.
If you like the look of yellow gold, but want to keep the budget down, there is always the option of two-tone! (For example, you could combine a sterling silver ring band with a yellow gold stone setting.)