Custom Design Process

***Custom orders are created just for you and can take 6-8 weeks to complete after stone sourcing.

1. Consultation

Tell me all about you! What you do, what your style is like, what you're hoping for in this piece of jewelry. Send your message through my Contact Page or Custom Design Form, and I'll get back to you with photo-realistic mock-ups of your custom jewelry. If we're headed in the right direction, I'll work up a price estimate for you, too.

***A $250 design deposit is needed to proceed from the initial design stage to design revisions and/or selecting a gemstone for your project.

Christine Alaniz Designs - Initial Consultation

2. Design Revisions

All of my custom designs are created using CAD (computer-aided design). Often, I go through several rounds of revisions with clients. This is totally normal! It takes time and effort to make sure your custom jewelry design is just right.

Christine Alaniz Designs - Custom CAD Design

3. Diamond and Gemstone Selection

This is always an exciting step in the design process. I can design for your heirloom gemstones, and I am also happy to source a diamond or gemstone for you based on your vision and budget. Sourcing can take anywhere from one week to a few months, depending on what you’re after.

***At this point in the process, a 50% down payment is required. The remainder will be due when your custom order is ready to ship.

 

Christine Alaniz Designs - Gemstone Selection

4. Casting and Setting

Your piece will be cast locally in the metal of your choice. From there, the piece is polished by hand and prepped for setting. Allowing a few weeks for casting, polishing, and setting is necessary to ensure your precious gems are secured properly.

 

Christine Alaniz Designs - Custom Birthstone Ring
 

5. Final Details

I always take a few photographs of the finished piece to share on my website and social media. Feel free to share them on yours, too!

 

Christine Alaniz Designs - Custom Wedding Ring Set