At Odyssey Jewellery we are experts in custom made jewellery. Based in Richmond Hill, Ontario we have served clients for decades for all of their jewellery needs. In our store we always have a wide range of jewellery pieces in stock; from rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, matching sets and watches – if you are looking for a piece of jewellery for yourself or a gift you can most likely find it at our store! But if you have something else in mind then you may want to work with one of our jewellery designers to create a custom piece.
Most of our clients who want a custom designed piece are searching for something very specific to mark a special moment or event; whether it’s an engagement ring or a bracelet to mark an anniversary our expert jewellers can work with you to create a piece of unique, memorable jewellery.
Getting Started with Custom Made Jewellery
The first thing to determine when designing a custom piece of jewellery is what you want us to help you create. If you don’t know what you want to create then we will discuss with you the different elements of a ring, necklace, bracelet etc. Each piece has unique attributes and some lend themselves to specific events (an engagement ring for example). We also recommend that our clients bring in ideas they may want to incorporate into their piece. Some people bring in photographs they like or even sketched out designs of what they would like us to create. But don’t worry, if you don’t have any ideas our jewellers can create ideas from scratch. Our initial meeting may take between 30-60 minutes.
Once you have decided on what piece you would like, be it a ring or bracelet or even a matching set with earrings, we can move on to decide on materials. Many people have an understanding of what precious metal they want to work with – whether it be gold, white gold or platinum. Once you have your precious metal decision selected you can move on to what gemstone you wish to incorporate. Many people choose a gemstone that correlates with the person receiving the piece of jewellery. Perhaps a birthstone for a ring or a person’s favourite gem for a bracelet? Whatever gemstones you want to work with, whether alone or in combination, we can source you the best gems to make your piece sparkle.
An important piece of information our jewellery designers will need for the next step of the design process is the size of the item you want designed. We will need the ring size or for a bracelet a measurement of the wrist and if a necklace we can work with you to decide how long the necklace should hang. With the exception of a ring many different styles call for different sizes; we always want to make sure that it fits the person wearing it and will be both comfortable and practical.
When you have met with our jewellery designers and decided on the design and materials for your custom made piece of jewellery our experts will get to work on creating a full rendering for you to review and approve. In this part of the design process we will probably review sketches with you two or three times before we move on to creating the final piece. If requested we can also create a wax model of the design so you can see what it will look like in 3D. It is important to take time in this review process to make sure you are happy with the materials you selected and the final design. An important thing to keep in mind with a custom designed piece is it can take a few weeks for our jewellers to create it. We will be able to share the timeline with you once we have some of the design elements chosen. If you are planning on giving this piece of jewellery to someone special for a specific event we recommend you get started about three months in advance of the date.
One of the most sought after custom designed pieces of jewellery is the engagement ring. Throughout the year we are thrilled to help happy couples design custom engagement rings. While many people choose to use ‘natural’ or ‘clear’ diamonds for their rings, at Odyssey Jewellery we also have other gemstones available. From rubies to emeralds we have all your gemstone needs covered. Another option we are proud to offer are lab-grown diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are GIA certified and are a more cost conscious and ethical source for a diamond. Our jewellers will review with you the all important ‘four C’s’ of working with diamonds: Cut, Clarity, Carat & Colour. In combination the ‘four C’s’ greatly impact the value of your diamond.
Odyssey Jewellers have been serving Richmond Hill and the GTA for decades and we have been honored to work with clients to develop and create unforgettable custom made pieces of jewellery. Call us today to book an appointment to get started on your custom piece!