The best custom jewelry starts with an experienced & versatile designer who listens to the customer and is open to possibilities.
With the economy slowing, people are getting more resourceful and we're getting more requests to cast scrap platinum. Retail customers are even going into jewelry stores requesting (and even insisting) that their custom jewelry be made with their own metal.
Before we go into the pros and cons as to whether this is a good idea or not, let's address the most important factor:
Is there enough metal to cast?
In our platinum casting process, we've found that there's a "threshold" for the minimum amount of metal needed to cast: not less than one ounce (31.1g). Casting successfully requires that there be enough energy in the casting system to keep the metal from freezing before the mold is filled, and since platinum freezes extreemly fast, messing around isn't worth it (inotherwords, you're welcome to hire us to prove what's already been proved if you like to gamble and lose!). If you have the minumum amount of scrap platinum for casting, then keep reading...
A common custom design scenario is combining features from two or more designs. We call them "fusion designs," which happen to be the most challenging for our customers to convey and the most challenging for us to interpret. Combining features often leads to unintended output. Unless one takes the time to draw their plan with multiple views, with the common response by the customer to another's interpretation is, "That isn't the way I intended!" The irony of this is that communicating "intention" in design requires illustration, because imagination is not accountable to time, space or matter - there's all kinds of things one can imagine that aren't possible in the real world, and so the imagination must be held accountable to illustration (preferably 3D drawings, or CAD), and then the designer must be held accountable to manufacturablility or engineering; making your design work in real life.
Whether you have CAD or not, or have a drawing with a top/side/front and perspective view, we can help bring your "fusion design" to life, but please know that exact estimates are not possible and there's always a chance (rarely) that the project will be abandoned, especially if concepts have not been illustrated to the end-customer.
M.C. Escher was a leading talent for imagining and drawing the impossible...stimulating the looker's imagination to appreciate the artistic talent for optical illusion, and to find the "impossible" in his work. Please take the time to browse through his galleries -it's well worth it.
Just remember, if the "picture" has a round 2 carat diamond in a size 6 finger, there's no way we can make it "like the picture" with a 1 carat princess diamond in a size 7! We will have to add or subtract design elements to come close, and hopefully, the output will be better than imagined!