Walk into any jewelry shop and you will see all kinds of jewelry designs. Some of them you will love, while others you may find too gaudy or the designs just are not your style. What happens when you spot two pieces of jewelry that both have some design elements you want to incorporate into one piece of jewelry? Lucky for you, jewelers have been creating custom pieces for hundreds of years, so combining these two pieces will not be a problem at all. Here is what you need to do and how the jeweler will combine these two pieces.
Buy Both Pieces
First, you have to buy both pieces that caught your eye. It is easier to take ready-made parts of two existing pieces of jewelry and fashion them into one than it is to create one entirely new piece of jewelry copying the design elements you like from the two existing pieces. Do not worry; if there are any extra stones or precious metals left over, you can either request that something else be made from the "leftovers" or you can sell those bits back to the jeweler for a discount on the piece you wanted.
Show the Jeweler EXACTLY Which Parts You Want Crafted into the Combined Piece
After you purchase the two pieces, show the design elements you want from both pieces for the custom piece you expect the jeweler to make. The jeweler will take notes, and then make a mock-up design to show you. If he/she has it right, then approve the design so that the jeweler can begin the work.
Cutting Apart and Reattaching Design Elements
With his/her jeweler's tools, the jeweler will cut the stones and design settings apart. Then he/she will fashion the new piece of jewelry together. If it is a ring, the stones and design elements will be reattached to a ring band of your choice and size. If it is a necklace, some modifications will occur to include a loop through which the chain will glide. You can even request that a matching set of earrings be made from two separate pieces of jewelry! The work typically takes about a week to complete, although that depends entirely on whether or not the jewelry shop has their own in-house jewelry crafters or they have to send the pieces out to another jeweler to have your custom pieces made.