I love working with clients to design custom jewelry. I enjoy the creative challenge and the special customizations that can be incorporated into a design, and it's an honor to create something that will be cherished and passed down through generations. I especially love getting to know the person or couple on a personal level, and understanding the significance or role that this piece of jewelry will play in their lives.
Types of custom work: Engagement rings, wedding bands, and any other special pieces of jewelry to mark special occasions such as the birth of a child, an anniversary, graduation, etc.
Pricing: There's a lot of work that goes into creating custom jewelry pieces: Many client conversations and/or in-person meetings, research, design, fabrication, raw material costs, and 25+ hours of my time. Unlike some jewelry designers, who 3D print a model and cast their rings, I use traditional jewelry fabrication methods to create each piece of jewelry by hand, and set each stone individually.
As a result, pricing for custom work begins at $2,000. As much as I wish I could, I can't accept custom jobs for less than that minimum at this time. The price will depend on the style of jewelry, stones, metals, and design time. A complex ring will be much more expensive than a minimalist ring; a 2.0-carat diamond ring will be considerably more expensive than a .5-carat diamond ring.
If you'd like to incorporate your own stones or metals, I'm happy to do that. It can be a meaningful way to honor family history or heirlooms. A quick note on melting down metals: While providing your own metal can somewhat reduce the price, because of the extra work that goes into trading in or milling out new metal from scratch, it doesn't actually save that much money. It is best to choose this option if you are interested in the sentimental aspect of reusing family gold as opposed to doing it for the cost savings.
Price can vary greatly depending on what karat of gold is used (14k vs 18k), the cut, color, clarity and carat of the diamonds or other stones. To give you a ballpark sense of what to expect, here are some examples of how some 14k engagement rings can be priced:
- 0.25ct diamond solitaire ring: $2,500 - $3,500
- 0.5ct diamond ring with small accent diamonds: $4,500 - $5,500
- 1.0ct diamond ring with small accent diamonds: $7,500 - $8,500
Process: Here's the typical process I follow when working with clients on custom pieces:
- Initial conversation: In-person or video chat meeting to discuss scope: materials, timeline, budget, and general design.
- Proposal: I create a proposal that includes price, description, and reference images. Note that I do not provide sketches at this point in the process.
- Deposit: If client approves proposal, client pays 50% deposit up-front in order to officially begin the project.
- Design: We work together to design the piece.
- Fabrication: Once design is finalized, I fabricate and complete the piece.
- Remaining balance: Client pays remaining 50% balance.
- Delivery: Delivery options include:
- Pick-up from my studio in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco.
- I ship the piece to the client; insurance, tracking, and signature upon delivery are required; client responsible for cost.
- I hand-deliver the piece within San Francisco for an additional $60.
Wait list: I typically have a wait list for custom jobs: I often schedule out client work two to three months in advance. It's best if we have the initial conversation, proposal, and deposit as soon as possible (sometimes clients contact me as far out as a year in advance!); design specifics and fabrication will begin once your spot comes up in line. Thank you for your patience!
Lead time: The fastest possible time from initial conversation to delivery is six to eight weeks. The exact timing varies due to complexity of the design, and how long the wait list is. Rush jobs are available on a case-by-case basis: If you need the piece in two to six weeks, I charge a 25% rush fee, and if you need the piece within two weeks, I charge a 40% rush fee.
Please note: Emi Grannis is fully booked for custom jobs through the end of 2017. If you are interested in reserving a spot on the waiting list for 2018, please fill out the form below.