Buying readymade jewelry is less complicated compared to having jewelry custom made. You just have to select one, try it on, a little contemplating might also follow, and finally, you purchase it. Done. However, you might not feel 100% satisfied with these types of jewelry and many would agree. Why? Imagine this – buying an expensive piece of jewelry that you or your loved one will be keeping for a lifetime and you just selected it because it closely fulfills your expectation of the perfect piece at that moment in time. You may have been worried of the expense of a custom made piece, thinking that you were lucky to find a nice piece among the many other designs that distracted you. You were happy with the purchase but you know deep inside that this piece would have been better if there was a little bit of “you” in it. So instead, why not get something that completely meets your wants and your style while also providing the satisfaction that spans a lifetime? Having custom made jewelry is the best solution for this, get that perfect piece instead of one that is just “close”.
Ready made jewelry or mass produced jewelry intends to appeal to a wide number of people while also maximizing profit. Therefore it is most likely available in huge numbers and if you do choose this type of jewelry, it is possible that the same piece you bought will also be what other customers might buy. Another disadvantage of choosing ready made jewelry is the limitations of design. In selecting from this group of jewelry items, you are limited to what is available at that moment, which is actually not enough most of the time.
The best advantage of having custom made jewelry is that you can actually experiment with the components of the jewelry piece, including the design, materials used, size, shape, or all of it combined at the same time. Custom designed jewelry is an opportunity for you to tailor every detail of your item. It will be a unique piece because it is a product of your creative ideas and unique specifications, along with the skill of the craftsman or artisan of course. You can even request that your piece not be duplicated for anyone else to maintain its uniqueness.
The process of custom jewelry may involve designing, casting, setting, and finishing using the latest technology, in combination with artistic factors. The process also involves original design work, individual attention, and a high level of individual craftsmanship. With custom jewelry, the item that you plan on creating will be handmade and superior in quality and design to anything mass-produced because of the special attention and effort in making it. Some jewelry designers will offer to work directly with you at every phase of the design to ensure that you get what you intend to achieve. Others will let you take the lead and let you design the whole thing. It is important to have a jewelry designer who will listen to you carefully but will also suggest their own ideas if needed.
The question now goes, is custom work more costly than readymade jewelry? Generally, it is. But it shouldn’t be a problem because custom work will represent a better value. You may spend a little more than you would if compared to purchasing mass produced jewelry, but the feeling of 100% satisfaction for having a bit of “you” in that piece of jewelry is surely priceless.