In this article we explore the typical journey that a bespoke piece of jewellery takes, from concept to completion.
Stage 1. Developing Ideas With Sketches
The journey begins when a customer books a virtual appointment on our website. You'll be greeted by one of our talented design consultants. This is a chance for the customer to share their thoughts, tastes and requirements with us, our designer will then develop sketches that outline what the bespoke creation will look like.
Stage 2. Choosing The Perfect Stone(s)
Not only do we have access to some of the world’s most beautiful diamonds but because we work directly with diamond cutters, we are able to cut out costly middlemen who each add their eye watering mark-ups.
Once the initial design has been outlined our GIA graduate gemologist works closely alongside you to pick the right stone(s) for the brief. Lending his expertise, he will guide you step by step of how to get the very best stone(s) for your budget.
3. Computer Rendered Images
We then use the latest cutting edge CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology to produce lifelike rendered images of the sketch from a number of angles. This allows the customer to get a better understanding in regards to the scale of the ring and the more intricate design details.
Next, once the customer is happy with the CAD design we use a 3D printer to create a wax sculpture of the piece which the customer can try on.
4. Handset, Finished & Uniquely Engraved
When the wax has been signed off it is then cast in the customers desired precious metal choice. Our master craftsman uses time tested techniques to assemble the castings and handset the stone(s). Every hand-finished ring goes through the highest quality and strength testing. Any extra details from milgrain patterns to Chamfered edging is done by hand with great care and attention.
At this point, we can engrave a unique message on the ring, even your own handwriting!
5. Luxurious Packaging
Finally, the bespoke piece of jewellery is presented in one of Bradleys luxurious presentation boxes, complete with a booklet containing beautifully rendered images detailing the rings entire journey from concept to completion. Also included is a lint free polishing cloth, a certificate of authenticity, a point of sale valuation and any relevant diamond certificates.
Why settle for an off-the-shelf ring design when you can have something truly unique?
Designed, manufactured and assembled in the UK, nothing’s built like a Bradleys of York bespoke engagement ring.Book Appointment