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At The Sunstone Store studio, crafting one of a kind jewelry is where our passion lies. We engage and educate you throughout the custom Sunstone design jewelry process, striving to make it the best experience we can give you.
We often begin by sharing images via email. These images commonly come from a Pinterest account. After discussing modifications, we will often prepare a few hand sketches for you to be sure we understand the changes or modifications you wish to make. Once your idea is crystalized, we determine the best method of approach that will be right for your project and then be able to estimate costs.
To begin the CAD, Jewelry Fabrication or Hand Carving phase of the design process, we require a non refundable deposit of $350. Once completed, you can view your model to see if it is exactly what you’re looking for. If not, we will make small adjustments at no additional charge.Submit Your Design Request
We often start by hand sketching for this method of customization since there is no CAD file to share or Wax model to show. In the sketch we communicate scale and proportion. Along with the sketch, we are also able to estimate costs for the completed project. This sketch is generally shared via email. Sketches we make are based on information you have conveyed and conversations with the designer. Anywhere from 2 to 4 sketches may be offered as options for your custom Sunstone design. Sketches will require a non-refundable deposit of $150.00 for this service.
Wax models are used both for settling design details and for production of cast pieces. If the piece is to be cast, as most are, we first create a wax master model from a CAD file that we have created. We do this by using a combination of milling or model growing machines. As with CAD renderings or hand sketches, you can also view the wax model by e-mail. Or, we can send you the wax model in the mail if you prefer. These models are very fragile and must be handled with extreme care to remain intact.
Hand Carving Method
Hand carving is used for more organic and mostly freeform custom Sunstone designs that blend artistry and detail. We have highly skilled wax carvers available for this method.
No deposit is required until we are ready to begin the manufacturing process.We don’t just talk design at this point, we also respectfully take into consideration all aspects of lifestyle, budget, and especially purpose. You may be just starting a life together or celebrating many years of love shared. You might be recognizing a special achievement or honoring the passing of someone important to you.Pricing
Once the basic concept is finalized we may go straight to fabrication in precious metal. But if appropriate we will make more detailed drawings by hand or in CAD (Computer Aided Design). We keep you involved as we go forward to ensure that the finished piece matches your vision and intent.
From final drawings, if we are not fabricating your jewelry directly in precious metal, we will make a wax model. This is a precise representation of the finished piece, including gems if appropriate. You will have the opportunity to examine and try on the model for fit, and to get a better feel for the finished piece. Changes are relatively easy to make at this point of the process.
After the piece of jewelry is cast in the desired metal, we set your diamonds or gemstones by hand in our studio. At this stage we also add in any textures or finishes desired such as hammered textures, oxidation or antiquing, or a satin finish. One journey ends and another begins as you take delivery of your new treasure.