PROCESS

At Era Custom Design Modern and Vintage Jewellery, we specialize in custom design. We pride ourselves on the beauty, the simplicity and the originality of our designs.

We meet with our clients several times at our Yaletown Vancouver studio while creating custom pieces of jewellery. This is a collaborative process and clients are personally involved at each important step and we incorporate the characteristics you love into your jewellery to make it one of a kind — uniquely yours. We are here to listen, to provide our expert advice and to create the perfect piece of jewellery with you.

Whether creating wedding bands, engagement rings earrings or pendants, here are the major the steps involved in creating your piece of jewellery:

1. Consultation
Together, we discuss design, materials, what sort of stones most interest you, and how we can best work within your budget to achieve the particular kind of design statement that you seek. Usually people will look at the sample Era Design engagement rings and wedding bands or bring in inspirational pictures to discuss.

2. Sketch Review
On your second visit to Era, we will have finished sketches for you to view. We will also have a selection of loose stones if required. Whether they are Canadian Diamonds or coloured stones we will explain the special merits of each one. Then, as you examine those precious stones, we can discuss your inspirations and any changes you may seek in the design – along with important details such as how high a stone is set or how wide a ring will be. If you choose a stone at this stage, we ask for a deposit.

3. Wax Review
A wax model will be ready for your viewing about one to two weeks later. This model may be hand carved on a 3D mill or hand carved depending on the the specific design.The shape of this model will be an exact replica of your finished piece of jewellery. This step gives you a much better appreciation of the overall size and design of the finished piece – its actual size, the way it looks from every angle, the proportions of its details. This gives you the final opportunity to change or adjust your design. Once you have approved the model, it is carefully cast into yellow gold, white gold, or platinum, and the stones are set in place.

4. Production
Casting, finishing and stone setting plus any special finishes like engraving happen at this stage.

5. Completion
We call you as soon as it is boxed and ready! If it is a gift, we always wrap it beautifully for you – with the taste and care it deserves.