Since every design is different, we make individual quotes for every project.
Heavy and simple designs can be cheaper per gram, but light and complicated designs might be more expensive.
However, the minimum budget for an individual design will start somewhere around $400 plus the cost of the stone.
In any case: Our quote is binding. We will not exceed your given budget.
It makes little sense to wreck your brain about design-details BEFORE you have decided on a specific gem. Gold and platinum can be hammered, white diamonds are commodities, but a specific gemstone cannot be forced from nature. Only synthetic gems can be made to fit a design. In our market section, the gem is the starting point of all jewelry.
Therefore, we suggest to buy or at least reserve a gem BEFORE we start working on a design. Although tempting, we also advice you not to publish your dream-gem on social-media unless you have secured ownership. We have seen too many gems snatched away while we were working on design details. Therefore, reserve (25%) or purchase first. We may even ship the gem to you for inspection and only then start the jewelry process. Shipping has become easy and safe, plus we have logistic points inside the USA and the EU.
Once the gem is secured, we will help you to choose the right design for your gemstone. You may provide us with only an inspiration like 'sun' or 'leaves', or have more concrete ideas from past-projects or google-images, or you may have a very detailed idea already.
In any case, we will tell you what works and what doesn't, honestly. Is the gem protected, secure even after ten years? Will its brilliancy suffer? Will it look as you imagine? Will it be comfortable? Is it within budget? Which is the best material, or material combination? What kind of sidestones, if any? Is it physically balanced? Will it LOOK balanced? Comfortable to wear, even after years? Can it be cleaned? Is it too heavy, or not heavy enough? There are a thousand devils in the details, and we know them all, as far as humanly possible.
Finally, we will have a project-plan with an estimate based on images, sketches, prose or whatever helps our goldsmith and his team to transfer your vision into a realistic piece of valuable and durable jewelry. If something doesn't work out as planed (that happens), we go back and re-design, until it is perfect.