There is nothing more perfect for you than something made especially for you. Using the co-creation process, we work with you to come up with the most perfect piece.
The steps to making a couture piece of jewelry are relatively straightforward, but there is a specific order in which we take on the challenge at Désideria.
The most important thing to consider is budget. What are you aiming to spend on the piece? The artist can recommend a budget in to capture what you want, but it is most effective to work backwards from what the customer wants to spend. This way we don't waste time designing things that are out of your price range. Working backwards ensures that the customer will not go over budget and allows the artist to collaborate with the customer honestly and successfully.
Another important thing to consider is the type of jewelry. There are certain types of jewelry that certain women like to wear. If you are unsure on what is best, the artist will be able to help. Desiree has a lot of experience working in jewelry design, and she can help you arrive at a decision of what to make.
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When making a couture piece of jewelry for a specific person or event, we start by looking at the client's personality. It is important to know what exactly you want your piece to say about you. It's also important, of course, to match the dress.
Is there a particular stone you are interested in using? Désideria has a unique position in the market and works closely with a Diamond and Gemstone cutter. The artist is able to obtain even the most rare stones and design a piece specifically around the stone. If you are not leaning towards a particular stone, Desiree can help you weigh the pros and cons of the different types of stones available.
The second step in the process of designing a custom piece of jewelry is the sketch. The artist will do a handful of detailed sketches including sizing and price information so that the customer can make an informed decision. At this stage, sketches can be changed and edited until the customer is completely satisfied.
With a degree in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM, Desiree is an expert in Computer Aided Design. Using computer software, the artist is able to create a perfect three-dimensional image of the jewelry to scale before it is actually created in metal. Each piece is created using no templates, uniquely designed from the ground up. Once approved, the piece will be 3d printed in Nylon if desired or in wax and then cast in the desired metal.
THE FINAL PIECE
The final step in the couture design process is the pick up. After picking up the final piece, we are able to provide an appraisal for insurance purposes.