Did you know we have an amazing custom design center? At Trice if we don't have what you love, if you have old pieces that need refreshing, or if you have loose stones you'd like in a new piece, we encourage our clients to custom design the jewelry they always dreamed of and nothing less. Since we do not charge a design fee like other jewelry stores, there is no extra cost for custom designing your jewelry with us. The value of your design is based entirely on the materials, number of diamonds and quality of gemstones that you hand select. Together we can make your dreams come true.
Meet Amanda and Jon.
Photograph by Ali Bibbo Photography
They wanted to create some custom wedding bands for Amanda using some diamonds from two heirloom rings they had. We were able to remove the diamonds and work them all into her dream wedding bands!
These rings came from Jons grandpa and great grandpa. They are heirloom diamonds and mean so much to the couple. Jon's dad gave them to him at Thanksgiving right before they got engaged.
STEP 1. INSPIRATION
This is Amanda's inspiration piece. It really wasn't exactly what she wanted but it provided the shape and enough to start the discussion with our amazing design artist. This step is very fun and we encourage creativity! There are so many places you can find inspiration! You can use a sketch on a napkin, Pinterest, pieces in the store, whatever you can use to spark your imagination!
STEP 2. CAD Design and 3D Modeling
Trice uses the most advance, state of the art Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. Our jewelry artist hand builds your custom jewelry piece by piece into a 3D modeling program. Where you can see it come to life!
During your design meeting, you are able to view the jewelry from every angle, change the metal color and even make small adjustments right before your eyes.
With our detailed computer renderings you can rest assured that your designs will look exactly how you envisioned.
STEP 3. GROW A WAX MODEL
After the design is finalized, the computer file of the 3D model is used by a 3d printer to grow a wax model. It will be an exact replica of the jewelry you created with our designer. It will have all the details including the prongs. You will be able to see the wax mold and even perhaps try it on and set your stones in it to see how the finished product will look. This is the stage when we get your approval to start the work on the piece.
STEP 4. CASTING
Most jewelry casting is done through the lost wax process, whereby the wax models are encased in a plaster- like medium known as investment. The investment is heated to extreme temperatures to incinerate the material, creating an impression of the desired form.
The gold or platinum is melted to a liquid at extreme temperatures and poured into an opening where the wax mold was. The flowing gold will disintegrate away the wax model that may be left and fill all areas where the wax once was creating all the details you have designed.
This is the beginning of the work that the jeweler will put in to the details to make your piece perfect.
STEP 5. FINISHING
After the casting is complete the jeweler is left with a dull dark colored setting. It isn't very attractive until it is processed through many hours of hand sanding, grinding, stages of polishing. After it is polished the jewelers will hand set the stones.
It is a true art form and we have the most amazing jewelers on staff at our location in Centennial, Colorado.
STEP 6. COMPLETION
Here is Amanda's finished ring. She was so happy with the way she was able to transform her heirloom pieces into something that is so meaningful to her and Jon and she will bring with her everyday.
This is our favorite part of the custom jewelry process, when the jewelry has made the complete journey from dream to reality!
Come visit us at our custom design center today! No appointment necessary.