4 Questions Your Jeweler Should Ask When Designing Your Custom Jewelry

May 07, 2018

4 Questions Your Jeweler Should Ask When Designing Your Custom Jewelry

Your Jewelry, Your Story

Handmade jewelry is timeless and unique. Truly one-of-a-kind jewelry is not only beautiful, but it usually represents a story, preserving a special memory or marking a personal milestone. Each piece is an artistic expression that lets others know not just what you like but also speaks volumes about who you are as an individual.

When commissioning a custom jewelry design, there are several factors that you should consider when discussing your desires and details with your jeweler. At Spectrum Fine Jewelry, our team of our award-winning artisans and certified professionals is dedicated to creating jewelry that not only captivates the imagination it also captures and conveys your unique personality.

Customizing jewelry allows for infinite possibilities! It is necessary for a jewelry designer to narrow the focus to some simple and specific details. As a professional, that is their job. An experienced jewelry designer will know just how to guide you through the process so that it becomes a creative journey of the imagination. Make sure to give your designer answers to these four questions, and you’ll be ready to conceive of your perfect jewelry. Together, we will create a piece as unique as you are.


1. Will you wear the piece every day or only for special events?

We believe that jewelry should be functional as well as fantastic. It should provide both creative sophistication and wearable durability so you can have your personalized piece of art with you every day. How many times have you wanted to wear a favorite piece but were afraid to because you didn’t think it would withstand the wear of everyday activities?

We take everyday activities into consideration with our custom design jewelry services. Some considerations we frequently address include how your jewelry will fit into your work and lifestyle. Perhaps you are in the medical field and must wear gloves, maybe you work outside with your hands, or in a kitchen environment, or at a desk. Each situation is different and our designers can tailor your custom engagement ring or fashion ring to best suit your personal sense of style as well as your typically daily activities.

Celebrate a big anniversary with a bold and gorgeous ring like this design from Mark Schneider. "Luxury" is a perfect name in every way for this exciting design. Of course it can be customized in many ways.

mark schneider luxury engagement ring

Casual and earthy, this one of a kind boulder opal ring is perfect for making a bold statement with everyday comfort.

large oval opal ring with gold and sterling silver

2. How would you describe your personal style: Classic? Contemporary? Casual? Vintage?

Take a quick look around your closet. Is it filled with bright, lively colors, or do you favor elegant black? Do you have a passion for contemporary designs or do you prefer the vintage classics? We can create beautiful jewelry with gemstones that perfectly harmonize with your everyday style. What we learn about your taste will let us know if you prefer symmetrical architecture in your ring or if you lean more toward organic shapes and flowing curves.

Classic Jewelry Style

oval diamond engagement ring with halo


Contemporary Jewelry Style

pyrope purple gemstone and garnet engagement ring


Jewelry for a Casual Lifestyle

amethyst bohemian engagement ring

3. Do you already have pieces you want to use (diamonds, existing jewelry) or should we find a unique gemstone or special diamond for you?

Most people I talk to have jewelry that just sits in their jewelry box. Maybe it's from an old relationship or it is an inherited piece. It could be an impulse buy that never felt right but was too valuable to let go of. Or, you might have a collection of things you don’t wear anymore due to wear or needed maintenance. Don’t despair, your Spectrum designer will have some suggestions about how you can incorporate elements from existing jewelry or simply restyle those unwanted items into something new and fabulous. Its always worth asking the question and your initial consultation is FREE.

A ring like this one is a great way to use diamonds from the old fashion cocktail ring you always hated. Transform it into something eye catching and perfect for daily wear.

mike schmalzriedt ring
On the other hand, you may have been dreaming of a special gemstone or diamond all this time and just needed some professional guidance on how to acquire the perfect example and add it to your jewelry collection. We have a great selection of gemstones and diamonds on hand at Spectrum and if we don’t have it we will do our best to find it for you.

If you love color, you’ll love the creations of Michael Baksa. Like these incredible earrings with three different shades of pink tourmaline. Color is our specialty at Spectrum and every artist we work with uses special gems you won’t see elsewhere.

mike baksa earrings

4. What story do you want to convey with your custom jewelry?

This one is relatively simple. You know best what story you are preparing to tell. Is this the ring that seals the deal and starts your new life together? Is it a personal accomplishment celebrating a job well done? A special new addition to your gemstone collection? Maybe you are celebrating a special birthday or anniversary. Your situation is unique and each piece of your jewelry should rise to the occasion.

Your Jewelry, Your Story

Custom jewelers can provide a service you won’t find elsewhere—the ability to capture who you are in precious metals and gems. We believe that quality jewelry is about much more than making a statement; it’s about making a connection to who you are.

Has this list sparked any creative ideas? Schedule an appointment with us. We’d love to discuss your vision with you.


For more than 20 years, Spectrum Fine Jewelry has been renowned throughout the Southeast as a premier source for exceptional and unusual custom-designed jewelry by our award-winning team of designers and master goldsmith. With an emphasis on fine-colored gems, Spectrum hosts regular events from private round tables to weekend gem shows. Other events include designer trunk shows, diamond sales, custom restyle events, and appraisal clinics.

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