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The Custom Design Process

When only something unique will do, let James Douglas Jewelers create something special for you or someone you love. Our talented jewelry artists love working on one-of-a-kind pieces. Even if you only have a glimmer of what you want, our experienced staff will work with you to bring that idea to life. After discussions, the drawing of a design begins and your distinctive jewelry is on the way from being a dream to a reality. We will be with you every step of the process.

Step One – Wax Carving

After you are pleased with the design, the work on your piece begins. The design is created using CAD and once finished we can print our file through a 3D printer and your wax is grown. We also hand carve waxes if it is necessary for the type of piece we are creating. At this time, the customer can take one last look at it before the casting process.

Step Two – Rough Casting

These miniature wax sculptures are then imbedded in plaster. The wax is covered in plaster to create an impression. The chosen metal is then melted and placed into the cavity, creating a rough cast of the final product. It is not what you see in showcases, but all jewelry looks like this before our artisans begin work.

Step Three – Clean Casting

Now this is starting to look more like it!  The jeweler has spent many hours cleaning and polishing the metal to get the right look.  Seats for any desired gemstones are drilled and attached, preparing for the final step of setting the chosen stones.

Step Four – The Completed Piece

This is our favorite step.  We love seeing the happy faces of customers that have watched a seed of an idea blossom into their own, a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that they can wear, enjoy, and proudly display.