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Bespoke Design Guide

Humans have been making jewellery for thousands of years, moving from simple bead making to skillful work with precious metals, gems and diamonds. Choice of what to adorn ourselves with comes from within, from your lifetime of experiences. It’s personal and is an expression of who you are. For some this means designing their own piece of jewellery, whether an engagement ring or a piece to celebrate the birth of a child or significant birthday.

Here at Utopian Creations we are bespoke jewellery specialists and it has been the mainstay of our business for nearly 10 years. Sketching forms a solid basis but our designers are also skilled in the traditional art of painting and 3D computer rendering. This wide ranging skill set enables us to develop your thoughts and dreams, bringing them to life before your eyes even before a hammer is struck.

 

One hour complimentary consultation

If you are able to make it in person to our store we will sit at our design table and go through ideas you may have for your special piece. We have a large collection of gems and diamonds in-store and the consultation will give us a chance to look through our collection and give you some information on the different options available.

If you live interstate, overseas or just find it difficult to make it into our store the consultation can easily be conducted via email or skype. In our early years of business we were online only and all of our consultations were conducted in this manner. We are therefore very experienced in asking the right questions and providing concise information and excellent photographs.

 

Hourly design rate

We provide an hourly design rate of $220. Our qualified jewellery designers can help if you have a specific request or perhaps need an alteration to an existing design. A simple alteration may only take half an hour.

For more bespoke options the packages below may be more appropriate.

 

Half design package

Our half design package is $450 with a $50 rebate if you decide to go ahead with production of your design into a finished piece. You will receive a more detailed consultation, either in person, via phone, skype or email depending on your preference and where you reside. From these discussions and subsequent emails (if needed) your designer will provide 5-10 different sketched designs and some rough quotes. These will be worked through with you to find up to two ideas that will be redrawn in more detail. Once again, discussion and decisions will made with you and from this one scaled design will be drawn in 2D on computer where small changes can be made and firm quotes can be given. 

If you require a 3D design to help understand the design better, or if you decide to have the ring made by CAD/Casting rather than handmade a further cost of $400 will be incurred. Producing your piece will take 4-6 weeks depending on the manufacturing techniques used and complexity of the design.

 

Full design package

Our full design package is $900 with a $100 rebate if you decide to go ahead with production of your design into a finished piece. You will receive a more detailed consultation, either in person, via phone, skype or email depending on your preference and where you reside. From these discussions and subsequent emails (if needed) your designer will provide 10-15 sketched designs and some rough quotes. These will be worked through with you to find up to four ideas that will be redrawn in a more detail. Once again, discussion and decisions will be made with you and from this up to two scaled designs will be drawn up in 2D on computer where changes can be made and firm quotes can be given. One of these designs is chosen and has more detail added, up to three angles will be drawn.

If you require a 3D design to help understand the design better, or if you decide to have the ring made by CAD/Casting rather than handmade a further cost of $400 will be incurred. Producing your piece will take 4-6 weeks depending on the manufacturing techniques used and complexity of the design.

Step 1

Gather your ideas. View our gallery of previously completed bespoke rings and note which elements you do/don’t like. Also see our in-house range for more examples. You could also conduct a google search on types of rings you like, again, noting elements that are important to you.

More things to consider

Step 2

Consider how much you would like to spend. Having an idea of your budget will help us work with you on choice of diamonds, gems, and types of metal. Another consideration would be if you wanted to utilise family heirlooms which we could reuse in the construction of your new ring.

Step 3

Complete our online request form . You will be able to attach images of designs you like.

Step 4

Consultation with our designers. Once we have received your request, we will contact you to provide some recommendations and consult with you to bring your ideas to life. If you are happy to proceed to the design phase payment of our design package is now due. One third of the cost of the design package will be deducted from the cost of your piece of jewellery if you choose to go ahead with construction.

Step 5

Bring your design to life. Once the design and quote has been decided on and a 50% deposit has been received, we will begin creating your custom design piece. All our handmade wedding and engagement rings are designed and made in our eco-friendly jewellery studio. During the process, we will send you photos of our progress so you can see your ring becoming a reality. A bespoke ring will generally take 4 – 6 weeks to construct, depending on the complexity of the ring.

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