Our custom design process is simple; send us your original design sketch or images of designs that inspire you and provide some basic information on the form below. Our team of designers will discuss the design details, our ethical sourcing and center stone options with you and provide a quote. Gold engagement style rings start at $1,800, wedding style bands and fine jewelry start at $1,500. Platinum engagement rings start at 2200.00, wedding style bands and fine jewelry start at $1,800. Once the design direction is established, we will start the order and take a non-refundable, 50% deposit on the design. You will receive the initial renderings (CAD) of the design in four to seven business days; adjustments or changes can still be made to the design and materials if desired. The first two rounds of adjustments are complimentary; after that, additional design charges apply. If the design is abandoned or significantly changed, the design deposit is retained for work performed. Once the design is approved and the final design balance paid, we will begin fabrication of the jewelry piece.
Custom Design is based on your original design sketch or images of designs you are interested in and some basic information about the piece you want, including your overall budget. We will discuss the design and offer advice on structure, comfort, and styling options. Original design concepts provided by the Laura Preshong Design Team can be developed and provided at a rate of 250.00 per hour.
A quote of the design is given and a design agreement is provided for your complete understanding of the custom design process. At this time 50% of the design quote is due as a non-refundable deposit for work to be performed on your behalf. This is when design CAD renders will be built and sent for approval. During the design render process, we take your initial concept and notes taken during consultation and build your piece in 3 dimensions in a computer aided design program. This step can take up to seven (7) business days to begin.
Once the first CAD render is emailed or shown, you have up to seven (7) business days to make any decisions or changes in the design. Two changes to the initial design are allowed, totaling three sets of images per one design. Changes include modifications to the original concept such as changing prongs to bezel, adding or removing diamonds or gemstones, changes in sizes like band thickness, stone orientation or size, and metal quality or color. Changes outside of the original design concept, new designs and original designs provided by the Laura Preshong Design Team are billed at $250.00 per hour. Additional renders of a design(original or new past the three included in the base fee) are billed at $175.00 per render.
Once the design is approved and the final balance paid, we start fabrication. All design changes are finished and the design is being fabricated in the metal of your choice. The only changes made at this point are for structural adjustments or unexpected setting problems. All designs remain the intellectual property of Laura Preshong.
The client is responsible for approving renders and any changes to the design in a timely fashion, seven (7) business days after receipt of images for approval of design or changes is the maximum time allowed.
The Custom Design process will take an estimated six to eight weeks to complete, depending on the quickness of design changes and approval, as well as complexity of design and setting.
Deposits for Custom Design, and completed Custom Designs are non-refundable. Your deposit is used to cover work and expense of the original design and materials sourcing, and so is not eligible for refund. Abandoned or not purchased design work is also non-refundable. All designs remain the intellectual property of Laura Preshong.
There will be two payments in total, 50% of the design quote prior to starting the design in CAD, and the final balance at the end of the design/render process, prior to starting any fabrication. Any additional design or render charges will be billed in the second payment. Center stones are sourced and priced separately from the ring mount, and may be paid in a third separate payment.
Your Stone or Ours
Laura Preshong is happy to assist in setting a family heirloom stone. All stones brought to us for use must be secured in a setting or mount. We are unable to work with loose stones, i.e. stones wrapped in paper, boxes, temporary mounts, etc. A mandatory fee of $400 per center stone under 2.0 carats, $500 for 2.0 carats and up, and/or $50 to $200.00 per melee(smaller diamonds, side stones, etc) will be added to the design price to cover working with your stone. A signed Setting/Liability Waiver will be required prior to leaving any stones with us for use, including removing stones from old mounts, appraisals or design work. We recommend that you insure your stone(s) prior to leaving it with us and that all stones have a current appraisal; we do not carry any type of insurance for client stones (stones not purchased through Laura Preshong), and are free from liability for loss, theft or damage. Diamonds purchased through Laura Preshong are insured FREE for one year immediately upon purchase, and are covered during the setting process. Client-owned metals and diamond melee (small diamonds) with measurements of less than 2mm cannot be used in custom designs.