We make sure Items are just right to custom made suite you, from simply making simple adjustments making sure items fit, work & look their best, through to completely designing & making one of A kind precious Pieces, we can supply everything you need & or use your precious metal & gems we do this completely in-store.
Low cost prototypes of a cad designs can be made first so you can be absolutely sure the design is what you or your partner wants, You can view Diamonds & Gems before you buy.
for some design inspiration see Australian design awards 2017, 2014, 2012, 2010, 2008. also other awards here
- CAD default design templates catalogue
- Family circles tree of life name necklace collection all custom made for you
- fantasy fiction sport & other interesting designs
jewellery can be manufactured using a variety of methods, hand made & hand drawn computer generated & designed hand made from this or computer aided manufacturing 3 D printing & casting, or ordering components & assembling as required, Below is an outline of the typical hand drawn & made process.
see Portfolio for more pictures of some custom made items
First Preliminary Ideas, sketches, we also use CAD CAM 3 dimension computer modeling to show exactly how an item will look even shown on a virtual hand so you can see with perspective, with thousands of base model designs you can look through to get started see demonstration video here.
First a few sketch of some design possibilities
then detailed drawings of favorite with subtle variations then final choice with fitted bands added in then finished ring
Custom made Process
Hunter Jewellers design and custom make precious pieces of jewellery watches fine gifts.
The process can take valuable time for you and us it is an intensive process. To help things run smoothly we have a few things to be aware of as you begin this journey. Work is done by various specialists and appointments are necessary during the various stages of the process. please let us know why & when you are coming etc. This will enable us to be prepared for your visit and will be of most benefit to you and us.
As a guide – the design phase is separate to the manufacturing phase & thus Your initial consultation which includes explanations basic CAD design weights measures & estimates on final cost is $50, if your design is more complicated, then additional service is at $15 per 10 minutes of CAD model building, eg Simple $50, average $200, complicated $600 plus manufacturing which has similar cost profile, Plus materials (metal & gems) if required.
If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
Usually an initial conversation with our staff outlining what is wanted. & then a consultation with jeweller when required.
Sketches descriptions & estimates outlining the design concepts are usual & or pictures of like items. detailed artistic sketches are not a standard feature as they are time consuming & not required.
One off hand made items are a process as their are hundreds off variables, it is a process made in stages with alteration possible along the way.
As a rule of thumb 9 out of ten customers are happy with the first result of a custom made item, of the one in ten left, subsequent modifications satisfy most people, so approximately 1 in 100 people end up being not entirely satisfied with custom remakes this is very difficult to prevent or fix it is simply a matter of different perceptions & expectations. Please Make no assumptions if you have something specific in mind you must communicate this.
It is impossible to calculate & explain the exact properties of a one off finished item before it is made. Pricing thus can be done in 2 ways – 1. a fixed price we accept the risk of variables (we will benefit or lose depending on outcome ) you pay for certainty. or 2. a floating price (estimate is given perhaps a from too price, with an explanation of variables) you pay for what you get.
If an item is not what you expected you need to say so it can usually be remedied
Selecting an item already made is simple, you accept it as it is you are happy with it or not, it is Quick & easy
If you supply Gems & gold There is a 5-10% of the value of the items, surcharge added to the manufacturing cost, this is to cover the risks associated, with manufacturing, insurance, handling etc.
Custom made items are an adventure. Patience is required, with trust & hard work are ultimately satisfying
These below pictured items are a few items created using gems & gold supplied (old jewellery) with varying levels of design constraints & requests from using all & only materials supplied in an appealing /agreed design To fairly broad unconstrained design
Or Make your own
Do you have a creative streak ? Carve your own design with a special wax and have it reproduced in your choice of metal – gold, silver, or bronze. Create something simple or ornate The more you do the less it costs.
E.g. make your own wedding rings. Plain bands are quite simple & anyone should be able to do it.
Using Lost wax casting, this process is used by some of the best manufacturers, it has been done for hundreds of years in one form or another, It is used for one of a kind items & for mass production.
You simply carve, file, sand, melt the wax with basic tools until it resembles what you want, other materials can be used but will require extra processing
If you require assistance or Finishing we can help.
These below pictured items are a few items created using gems & gold supplied (old jewellery) with varying levels of design constraints & requests, from using all & only materials supplied, in an appealing /agreed design, To fairly broad unconstrained design
also see portfolio for many more custom made items