Jewelry as Unique as You
Whether you’re confident in your vision or your dream is entirely undefined, the experience of creating a custom piece of jewelry is accessible to you. We will be there to guide you each step of the way until the vision becomes a reality.
Our jeweler will work with you to create a professional sketch to capture a definitive image of your creation. Once the sketch is finalized, the hard part is over and you can leave the rest to us.
Our resident custom designer, Jay Bowen, is trained both as a jewelry designer and master goldsmith. Jay was born and raised in the Skagit Valley and attended Western Washington University, The Institute of American Indian Arts & The Rhode Island School of Design. Jay started making jewelry in 1972 and is nationally known and respected in his trade and by his customers. Jay is able to create either an exclusively custom design or take a rough idea provided by you and translate it into a work of wearable fine art.
At Charles Fine Jewelry we take pride in helping our customers communicate their ideas and bring them to life. Our staff is accomplished at evoking the creative spirit and comfortably guiding our customer’s concepts throughout the design process.
Many of our customers choose a certain gemstone before settling on the exact design. Others bring us treasured heirlooms seeking inspiration and delicacy in their restoration or adjustments. No matter what your specific needs are, first time customers are often surprised at the level of detail and personal attention we provide.
THE DESIGN PROCESS
Step 1 – Initial Meeting for Sketch
We begin the custom jewelry design process by listening to you and working together to capture the vision and create a sketch. Having sketches created is completely free of charge.
Step 2 – Wax Model
With approved sketches in hand, our master craftsman begins the delicate process of carving a wax prototype to scale. Our wax prototypes provide a reliable visual representation of what will be the actual shape of the finished piece.
Step 3 – Casting
Our perfected wax models are transformed into the actual cast we use to forge your jewelry. This is a very delicate step because creating the cast destroys the one of a kind wax model.
Step 4 – Rough Jewelry
After the cast has cooled, the custom jewelry is a rough form of the final piece. Our craftsmen use care and precision to file and polish it to prepare for setting stones.
Step 5 – Setting the Stones
Your custom piece is ready to receive stones. Each precious stone is set by hand. Depending on the number of stones this may be either the shortest or longest step in the custom jewelry design process.
Step 6 – Polishing
Our jeweler places the finishing touches on the piece as the last step in the custom design process. Once your piece is complete, our craftsman polishes it to perfection. Now the only remaining step is to show off your new one-of-a-kind design to your family and friends!