The Custom Jewelry Process

At Earth’s Treasury, we absolutely love working with our clients to make their custom jewelry vision come true, whether it’s just “your version” of a classic style, or something totally unique like this ring below. Follow along and see how one client’s vision was taken from idea to finished ring (or in this case, rings).

Our client had a vision of a ring that captured the green of the forests where she grew up. She had selected the green Montana Sapphire center stone because Montana had a special meaning in her relationship, and the green color reminded her of the forests of the Pacific Northwest. She also wanted to integrate yellow hues to capture the feeling of the mixed forest of conifers and deciduous trees in the autumn. Based on these ideas, our jewelry designer Lauryn came up with a concept for a vine-like ring set incorporating all Montana sapphires, and then started the process by selecting a suite of stones that combined the yellow and green hues our client loved.

Once she had selected all of the stones, Lauryn created a series of sketches to solidify the idea with the client. When she had agreed to the concept, Lauryn created a small watercolor rendering of what the final ring would look like. While we only do this for special commissions, we often will do basic pencil sketches as part of the regular design process.

The watercolor rendering of our client’s vision for her rings. She wanted an organic vine-like set utilizing greens, teals and yellows.

Our client was delighted with the watercolor, so we moved on to the next step: creating a computerized CAD model of the ring. This is the most complicated process for us internally, especially for a complex shape like this, but it also allows us to create a ring that is precisely matched to your gemstone, ensuring a perfect fit.

The rings are created with a jewelry CAD program so the ring can be cast to perfectly match the gems.

Once the CAD model is made, we create a 3D computer rendering to give a better impression of what the finished ring will look like in person. While not perfect, it’s much more life-like than a sketch or painting. This is also the time where any small adjustments to the design can be made.

The 3D computerized rendering of the client’s two rings, showing how they flow and fit together perfectly.

With every ring, we always print a rapid prototype using our 3D printer. This allows us to test the fit of all of the stones and in the case of complex matched rings sets like this pair, it allows us to see how they actually fit together on the hand. Occasionally we will mail a resin prototype to a client to ensure proper fit, although that’s not the typical situation.

The 3-D printed prototype of the client’s ring printed in a quick prototype resin.

If everything fits as expected, the next step is to print the ring in a special castable wax or resin, depending on the project. This version is printed at an extremely high resolution so that every detail can be faithfully reproduced. The model is then sent to a specialty casting house, to ensure that we get the very best product possible. This particular ring was cast in platinum, but we have a wide variety of precious metals you can choose from.

The raw casting shows fine detail/lines from the casting process. It will take hours of finishing work to get the ring to its final state.

After many hours of careful finishing work, the matched rings are finally complete. To retain an organic look for this pair of rings, we left portions of the “branches” of the vines unpolished or only lightly polished, to give them a textural feel. As you can see, the final product is faithful to the original watercolor sketch and the 3D rendering. The client? She was ecstatic–scroll down for the image she sent and her testimonial.

The finished pair of rings, ready to deliver to the client.


I’d just like to start out by saying, hey… Thanks for introducing me to Lauryn.  For months, I knew you had the sapphire I wanted, but the designer, too?

It wasn’t the surprise proposal I was expecting, and because I had always assumed my someone would be picking the ring, I guess I hadn’t spent much time thinking about the possibilities, and it showed. To start, I pitched a concept very faithful to a traditional engagement ring design, but my heart wasn’t in it.  I think Lauryn sensed that; she encouraged me to be as imaginative as I wanted and stuck with me through some wildly-evolving iterations of inspiration, offering limitless patience and enthusiasm all the while.

The result has been an enchantingly unique ring (set) people have fallen all over themselves to get a closer look at.  We finally made this thing “Facebook-official” over the weekend, and people were as interested in the ring as they were the reason I’m wearing it.  In fact, about a third of the comments didn’t even offer congratulations, just, “OMG, that ring though…”  Must say, I’ve never seen a diamond get a reception like that, but I digress. 

Thanks for making it such a great experience.  I’ll be back. 

– Athena 

P.S.  Names removed should you care to publish any attached images, although my name is fair game.

If you want to make a custom ring, call us or contact us and we’ll be glad to help. Meanwhile, you can head over to our gemstone listings and find the perfect gem for your ring.