The Magic Of Custom Pendant Designs

custom design pendants

In the realm of custom fashion and accessories, custom design pendants reign supreme.  Pendants are already the second most worn piece of jewelry on the planet after earrings.  But when you factor in the custom aspect, pendants come out on top.  Easily.  The reason for this is that earrings can cost almost twice as much as a pendant.  This is because there are no economies of scale other than the design time for a pair of earrings.  It is also why custom earrings are the least made type of custom jewelry.

Here, we will discuss custom design pendants as well as mass produced, commercial pendants.  What are the differences? The pros and cons of each?  How does one go about having custom pendants made?  Are there any tips on having custom design pendants made?  Read on to find out.

custom design pendants
We can put almost anything on a medallion style pendant. The only thing to consider s that we can’t polish the base. Here, we gave it a stone finish.

What Is A Pendant?

A pendant is a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain or cord around the neck. It can be made from various materials such as gold, silver, or even plastic. Pendants have been around for centuries and were worn by ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and Greeks. They were often used as symbols of status or religious beliefs.

Throughout history, pendants have evolved in design and purpose. In the Middle Ages, pendants were worn as amulets to protect the wearer from harm. During the Renaissance, pendants became more ornate and were used to display wealth and status. Today, pendants are worn as fashion accessories and can be found in a variety of styles to suit any taste.

In our opinion, pendants are a timeless piece of jewelry that can add a touch of elegance to any outfit. Whether you prefer a simple pendant or a more elaborate design, there is a pendant out there for everyone.

hand engraved pendants
We have one of the few remaining hand engravers local to us. This opens our custom pendant making ability up to many more options. And many times, the hand engraving is what puts a piece over the top.

Mass Produced Pendants

Mass produced pendants are a popular jewelry item that are produced in large quantities using molds or machines. These pendants are often made of materials such as metal, plastic, or glass and can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some examples of mass produced pendants include those featuring popular symbols such as hearts, stars, and crosses, as well as those with images of animals, flowers, and other designs.

One of the benefits of mass produced pendants is that they are often more affordable than handmade or one-of-a-kind pieces. This makes them a great option for those who want to accessorize without breaking the bank. Additionally, because they are produced in large quantities, there are often many different styles and designs to choose from, allowing individuals to find a pendant that reflects their personal style.

While mass produced pendants may not have the same level of uniqueness as handmade pieces, they can still be a great addition to any jewelry collection. Whether you are looking for a simple pendant to wear every day or a statement piece to wear on special occasions, there are many options available.

custom design pendants
This is a 2 tone lantern pendant. We cast it in 3 pieces so we could solder the 50 inside. We then soldered the roof on. Custom Design Pendants can be almost anything. This one represented a couple’s 50th anniversary.

Custom Design Pendants

Custom design pendants are pretty much what they sound like.  They are pendants custom made to your specs and design.  Custom design pendants are a unique and personalized way to express your individuality as well as showing extra effort when given as a gift. They are created by skilled artisans who work with you to bring your vision to life. The possibilities are endless when it comes to custom design pendants, from incorporating your favorite gemstones to creating a one-of-a-kind shape.

One example of a custom design pendant is a birthstone necklace. This type of pendant features a gemstone or stones that represents the month of someone’s birth. It’s a great way to add a personal touch to your jewelry collection and makes for a thoughtful gift. Another example is a custom initial pendant, which features your initial or the initial of a loved one. This type of pendant is simple yet elegant and can be worn every day.

Name Necklaces

Another popular example of a popular custom pendants styles is the gold name pendant. This is just a pendant that has your name or nickname on it. They can be in a wide variety of fonts and configurations.  These have become increasingly popular items as people name their children more and more bizarre names.  15 years ago, names were more standardized and so manufacturers could stock a selection of names that covered almost everyone.  However, now, as people strive to be more and more individualistic, names have gotten so specialized than mass manufacturers don’t cover as many people as before.

butterfly pendant
This is our evil eye butterfly! We had mother of pearl and turquoise custom cut to fit in those spaces. We are also luck to have more than 1 stone cutter local to us. The guy that cut this one is an artist, but he will still do things like this for us.

How Are Custom Design Pendants Created?

Custom Design Pendants are a unique way to express your personality and style. The process of creating them is a combination of art and science. The first step is to come up with a design that reflects your personality and style. This can be done by sketching out your ideas or by working with a designer who can help you bring your vision to life.

Once you have a design, the next step is to choose the materials for your custom design pendant. This can range from precious metals like gold and silver to more affordable options like brass. The choice of materials will depend on your budget and the look you are trying to achieve.

Finally, we create the custom design pendant using a process called lost wax casting. The first step in this process is to create a 3d model of the design in a CAD program. Once complete, we generate a file from the 3D model.  This file is used to create a mold and cast the pendant.  This involves pouring molten metal into a mold that has been created from your design. The metal is then cooled and polished to create a finished product that is unique to you.  It is called lost wax casting because the wax is “lost” when the molten metal is poured into the mold.


custom design pendants
We created this based on a record label logo from a customer. To give it the contrast, we used model airplane paint. It isn’t totally permanent, but will last if cared for properly.

How To Find a Custom Jeweler

Looking for a custom jeweler can be a daunting task, but fear not! With a little bit of research and patience, you can find the perfect jeweler to create a one-of-a-kind piece just for you.

First, ask for recommendations from friends and family. Personal referrals are a great way to find a trustworthy jeweler who has a proven track record of delivering quality work. You can also check online reviews and ratings, but be sure to take them with a grain of salt.

Secondly, don’t be afraid to ask questions. A good custom jeweler will be happy to answer any questions you have about their process, materials, and pricing. It’s important to have a clear understanding of what you’re getting into before committing to a project.

Lastly, trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right or you’re not comfortable with a particular jeweler, don’t be afraid to walk away. It’s important to find someone who you feel confident and comfortable working with.

In conclusion, finding a custom jeweler may take some time and effort, but it’s worth it to have a piece of jewelry that is truly unique and special. With these tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to finding the perfect jeweler for your needs.

enameled pendant
Although we can’t color metal, we are able to use enamel in some cases. It is semi-permanent and is only damages by harsh bases or acids. Heat will also damage it.

Cost Of Custom Design Pendants

When it comes to custom design pendants versus mass produced pendants, the cost can vary greatly. Custom design pendants are typically more expensive due to the personalized nature of the piece.  But not always.  Retail markup is so high that if you choose a heavy gold pendant with lots of diamonds, a custom pendant could cost less. However, the cost can be worth it for those who want a unique and special piece of jewelry that reflects their personality and style.

If you’re looking to save money on a custom design pendant, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, consider using less expensive materials such as silver instead of gold. Second, try to keep the design simple and avoid intricate details that can drive up the cost. Finally, shop around and compare prices from different jewelers to find the best deal.

Mass Produced Pendants

On the other hand, mass produced pendants are generally less expensive due to the economies of scale involved in producing large quantities of the same design. While they may not be as unique as a custom design piece, they can still be beautiful and stylish. Plus, with the lower cost, you can afford to buy multiple pieces to mix and match with different outfits.  A caveat of this is that mass produced pendants are not as durable as custom design pendants.  The commercial jewelry made in Asia is always lighter than something you would have custom made.

Laser engraved pendants
Something like this is not possible with straight CAD.

Give Us A Shot For Your Custom Design Pendants

Click here to see our Custom Pendants page. Do you have an idea for a custom design pendant?  Send your idea over to us and we will see what we can do.  Why search for a mass produced pendant that anyone can buy when you can have your very own custom pendant made just for you.  And many times, depending on the materials, it can cost what a “comparable” pendant might cost at the chain or retail jewelry stores.

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The Magic Of Custom Pendant Designs

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