We are Raymond Lee Jewelers, a boutique retail jewelry store located in Boca Raton, Florida…and one of the best Custom Jewelry Design Services in all of South Florida. In this post, we will take you through our entire process for making custom jewelry.
Everything involved in our entire custom jewelry making process is done in-house and on-site at our showroom and workshop right here in sunny South Florida. Below, we have also featured a recent creation of an 18k yellow gold fancy yellow diamond ring we made for a client. We hope you enjoy!
Are you looking to have a custom jewelry piece made from scratch?
Do you live in Boca Raton or the South Florida area?
At Raymond Lee Jewelers in Boca Raton, we have you covered.
We are South Florida’s best custom jewelry maker. Our team of expert jewelers handles the entire custom jewelry process in-house at our retail store in Boca Raton. We keep you in the loop every step of the way, allowing you to have full control over your one-of-a-kind jewelry piece from start to finish.
We are here to help you turn your dream jewelry into reality. So you can make a personal statement that mass-produced jewelry just simply can’t rival.
In this article, we will go over our step by step custom jewelry making process, including turnaround time, and more about what makes Raymond Lee Jewelers so special. We will also present to you a fancy yellow diamond custom ring we made in one day for a client of ours last week.
All of the pics in this post are original, true to our custom jewelry making process, and of course, taken by us right here in the sunny city of Boca Raton, Florida.
Custom Jewelry in Boca Raton, Florida – Top Notch Custom Jewelry Design Service at Raymond Lee Jewelers
Custom jewelry design & creation is one of our premium services at Raymond Lee Jewelers. We handle everything in-house at our beautiful flagship showroom in West Boca Raton and our newer retail location in East Boca Raton (Diamonds by Raymond Lee).
We’ve been in the custom jewelry game for over thirty years, landing us on top of South Florida’s best destinations for custom jewelry design. We are also one of the best places in South Florida for buying, selling and repairing designer estate jewelry, pre owned luxury watches and import diamonds. We take immense pride in each and every jewelry dealing.
One of our favorite parts of our business is making jewelry from scratch for clients who want something unique. Our workshop is fully equipped with everything we need to develop and create a custom jewelry piece from start to finish. Clients can follow us through every stage of the process, making any changes they see fit when they see fit. Having full control like this allows us and our clients to have unparalleled satisfaction with the end result. There is nothing like seeing a customer’s happy face when the jewelry they envision is complete and being put upon their neck, wrist, finger or ears.
How Custom Jewelry is Made
Raymond Lee Jewelers custom jewelry design service puts you, the client, at the center, as you are the most crucial aspect of the entire process.
Here are the 7 steps in the process of jewelry making at Raymond Lee Jewelers in Boca Raton, Palm Beach County:
Step 1: One on One Consultation
In the first step of creating your custom jewelry piece, our expert jewelry designer will sit down with you for a one-on-one consultation. We do this so we can fully understand your vision and expectation. During this consultation, we will pick your brain while also urging you not to hold anything back. Nothing can shock us when it comes to custom jewelry. So, we want you to feel free to tell us your craziest, most whimsical ideas. Additionally, you can show us photos where you’ve pulled inspiration from and drawings that you sketched. Of course, if you don’t have images, there is nothing to worry about. We can handle the whole nine.
This meeting is entirely pressure free, and we encourage you to be comfortable, relaxed and utterly yourself. Nothing can shock us, as extravagant or as ordinary as it may be.
Moreover, we will discuss things like textures, materials, metals, stones and other factors that make up the jewelry creation and its price.
All in all, we highly value open communication. So the more you share with us the better. This is how we will come to the best understanding of what you desire for your special jewelry.
Step 2: Sketches
Once this consultation is over, we make a few sketches of your soon-to-be dream jewelry piece for you to see. We will ask for your honest feedback and adjust the sketches to however you see fit. After we have a sketch that perfectly appeals to you, we will polish up and finalize the sketches. We then submit them to you for a last and final approval.
Step 3: Raw Materials & Pricing
After you agree to your custom jewelry design, our expert jewelers will start to source the best raw materials. We will also be able to meet your budget requirements.
Typically, the materials (precious metals and stones) we source are:
- Yellow gold
- White gold
- Rose gold
- Sterling Silver
- Antique diamonds
- Precious and semi-precious gems
Note: we only source conflict-free diamonds, allowing everyone’s conscience to remain fully intact.
After we know all of the materials that we will use in the creation of your jewelry, we will submit a quote to you for the final cost so you can approve. We can also give you a couple different prices for using different materials (i.e. platinum vs yellow gold or diamond centerpiece vs sapphire) if your budget is flexible.
Step 4: 3D Modeling
Using a Computer Aided Design (CAD), our jewelry designer will produce a 3D model to bring your jewelry design to life. We will show this 3D model to you for review to ensure the creation functions and appears exactly how you want it to.
Step 5: Wax Model
Upon receiving your authorization to proceed, we will develop a wax model to the exact dimensions of your final jewelry piece, which is based on the CAD 3D model. We will then ask you to hold the wax model, which will enable you to see and feel the structure of your luxurious piece and where the stones will be placed. From here, you can make some finishing iterations if you’d like before we go into the final creation phase.
Step 6: THE FINAL CREATION
This is when Raymond Lee Jewelers’ master jeweler constructs the exact replica of your wax model using the precious metals and stones of your choice. Like the entire process, this is done on-site at our Boca Raton location. We have a state-of-the-art workshop with all the necessary tools and equipment for creating the entire piece with extreme precision.
It’s not all about tools, either. Our expert jewelry maker uses his creative muscles and tried-and-true trade skills and knowledge in the making, shaping, polishing and finishing.
With over five decades of experience, you can be sure that you will be receiving the results of the most outstanding work.
Step 7: Quality Control
Once the jewelry piece is completely finished, it will undergo our strict and stringent quality control process. The QC inspection is looked over by everyone that was involved in the process, from the consultant, to the designer, to the jewelry maker and our expert jeweler, and most importantly, you. We don’t allow any quality discrepancies to get past our inspection.
Entire Custom Jewelry Design Service TURNAROUND TIME
This really depends on the intricacy of your design. With that being said, we usually complete an entire custom jewelry piece from start to finish in around 2 to 6 weeks. We realize that’s a large time frame, so if you have any questions about a particular piece that you desire to have made, you can ask us and we will give you a more exact turnaround time.
We’ve done custom rings in as little as one day, like the custom ring we made recently, which we are going to feature below.
Furthermore, no matter what your budget is, our team will dedicate themselves fully to make your dream jewelry a reality. There is nothing like bringing a vision into existence. This is what we are here for.
Custom Ring Design Service in South Florida
All of the pictures below were taken on-site by our employees in our retail jewelry store and workshop in Boca Raton.
This particular piece was inspired by a client who wanted a fancy yellow diamond ring made of yellow gold.
Here is the final outcome – a stunning fancy yellow diamond 18k yellow gold ring. It has 9 fancy yellow diamonds with a pavé setting. Again this ring was made in only one day!
We followed the usual steps that we went over above. The client came in a discussed everything he wanted, then we got straight to work.
We did this custom ring project by wax.
The jeweler cut the ring from wax. Here is an adjustable jeweler saw we use for cutting.
We’d send pictures at each stage to our client. This allowed our client to be involved every step of the way, simply to confirm if he was happy with how it was coming along. He was really pleased to have control like this as it is truly a remarkable process and fun to be a part of.
He carefully filed away at the loop until it was the correct size.
This is a ring mandrel tool which we use to determine ring size. You simply slide the ring on the mandrel and read the size at the bottom of the ring.
Here is a special tool we use to make sure the stones have the proper size setting.
None of the stones were of the same exact size, so the wax had to be custom built to fit each stone. It’s a rigid process that requires a steady hand and serious skill.
Again, this was the end result. This ring is a true stunner.
Precious Metals and Stones
This ring is yellow on yellow – 18k yellow gold with fancy yellow diamonds. These pure yellow diamonds are also known as Canary Diamonds or Canary Yellow Diamonds. The most valuable yellow diamonds are those that are pure intense shades of yellow, which is exactly what you see here.
Yellow gold is a great material to use for custom built rings like this one. This is because yellow gold is malleable, so it’s easier to work with than other metals. Not to mention, yellow is super trendy right now and is the preferred gold in high fashion jewelry. We give the people what they want and what they need.
About Raymond Lee Jewelers
Raymond Lee Jewelers is located in West Boca Raton.
22191 Powerline Road #12b – Boca Raton, FL 33433
This is our flagship showroom and is the place were jewelry dreams come true.
Raymond Lee has been serving Boca Raton and South Florida’s insatiable need for diamonds for over 30 years. Our team of diamond advisers dedicates themselves to assisting you in selecting the perfect engagement ring. We aim to provide unparalleled customer support and satisfaction. Our A+ BBB rating can vouch for this.
We have been noted as Sunny Florida’s best engagement ring retailer since 2016.
Our vision has always been to forge a unique, professional, and intimate vibe. We provide a shopping experience that works for all generations. We especially know what the modern jewelry buyer wants; and we keep traditions that never fade intact, such as sensibility, artistry, and craftsmanship.
If you want to custom make an engagement ring…or even more, a whole engagement ring and wedding band stack for your special day, please contact us today with any and all questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.
You can also simply pop into our store any time we are open…
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday: 10 AM to 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM to 5 PM
We are Closed Sunday and National Holidays.
Phone number: 561-750-7808