Unique Custom Jewelry Design

Unique Custom Jewelry Design

Unique Custom Jewelry Design is an exciting and ever changing world, where it is now possible to have a Unique Custom Jewelry Design created for any customer.  Is there a piece of jewelry you’ve always wanted?  Have you ever wondered how a custom piece of jewelry is made?  Do you know the steps involved and how much time can it take?  This article will tell the story of a ring being created, from the sketch being drawn to the ring being slipped on a finger.

The first step is to finalize the design of the piece to be created.  The designer and customer should work together to finalize the idea and design of the piece to be made.  It is important for a jeweler to be involved in the design process, to ensure that there won’t be structural issues in the design at hand.

Unique Custom Jewelry Design can be manufactured one of two ways.  I specialize in casting. my Unique Custom Jewelry Design

Fabrication: The first option to producing a ring is that it is fabricated directly.  This means the jeweler with saws, files, pliers, various other metalsmithing tools and a soldering torch will form metal into the shape that is desired.  Though a tried and true method, this process is sometimes tedious, labor intensive and does have its limitations.

The other method has several more steps, but generally allows for more intricate detail and control:

Wax Forming: This is the second way that a majority of jewelry is produced.  First, the piece is sculpted out of wax at the exact scale of the final piece.  More organic jewlery pieces will often be hand carved.  For technical pieces that require a wealth of precise detail, three-dimensional modeling using software is often used in the industry.  The item can be built and modified in the computer, and then a three dimensional mill will create a to-scale version of the final piece.

Casting:  Once you have the wax piece completed, the next step is to cast the piece in metal.  The wax piece is encased in a plaster like substance, which dries and becomes rock hard.  The wax is then heated out of the plaster mold, leaving a cavity in the plaster that is the exact design of the previous wax piece.  Then, molten metal is cast into the plaster cavity and allowed to cool.  This is a process known as “lost wax” casting – because the original wax model will be destroyed in the casting process.

The third Step is Polishing:  After the piece has been cast in gold (or platinum, palladium, or silver), it is cleaned and polished.  At this point, tool marks are removed and the ring is inspected for any defects caused during the casting process.

The fourth step is to set the stones, if there are any,

After setting, there is a final polish. This eliminates any minor scratches still remaining after the setting.  At this point, the ring is also ultrasonically cleaned, eliminating any oils or residue from the jeweler’s hands and from the polishing compounds used.


My name is Lucas Horton and I own and operate Valeria Custom Jewelry in Dallas, Texas. After 10 years in the corporate world and finding myself miserably facing each day, I eventually found myself combining the art of jewelry fabrication, my skills as a gemologist and my unique talent of bring CAD (computer aided design) into jewelry design, which opened up a whole new realm of possibilities. Whether it’s a ring, a bracelet, a pair of earrings, a pair of cufflinks, a pin or a pendant, I can create jewelry not commercially available anywhere else Unique Custom Jewelry Design is my passion and specialty.

Unique Custom Jewelry Design

Unique Custom Jewelry Design

Unique Custom Jewelry Design

Unique Custom Jewelry Design

Unique Custom Jewelry Design

Here is a breakdown of the of Valeria Custom Jewelry's Unique Custom Jewelry Design process.

STEP 1: Contact us to receive a no obligation quote based on your design concept, precious metal, gemstones, and ring size.

STEP 2: Working together, we will use drawings & pictures to create a CAD design that you will be able to have changes made to. Our GIA Graduate Gemologist can help you select the perfect conflict free Diamonds or Gemstones for your design.

STEP 3: Once your design has been approved, we will use the (CAD) model to "grow" a wax of your piece. 

STEP 4: Upon completion of the wax, our manufacturing team will mold and cast your design in the precious metal of your choice. Your gemstones - if there are any- are then meticulously set by our expert craftsmen. The piece will then be polished, and any special finish or enameling will be added.

I am confident that if you give Valeria Fine Jewelry an opportunity, you will see that my design skill, value, quality, and knowledge make me the best choice to turn your vision and dreams into reality and probably at a price that is less than you are thinking. Unique Custom Jewelry Design is a special thing and I look forward to working with you on your design.

Click HERE to see more about me and view some of my jewelry. If you can dream it, I can create it!