Below are some tips that will improve your experience both during the process of working on custom jewelry and after your pieces is created.
Wedding, Engagement, Commitment Rings and Other Everyday Pieces
We fully believe that any style of ring can be a wedding or engagement ring. However, not all rings and materials are a good choice for everyday wear. Diamonds, sapphires, gold, platinum, and some alternative metals like steel are our recommended materials to wear as engagement or wedding rings because they are the most durable. Opal, emeralds, inlay stones and many other materials are beautiful accents, but should not be considered for everyday wear. Additionally, some designs are more delicate than others and are best reserved for less regular wear.
If you are looking to have a more delicate ring or use softer materials, that is totally fine! We just recommend that you work with us to find ways to incorporate these materials in a more durable way or have a secondary ring that is for everyday wear and reserve your delicate ring for more special occasions.
Trust Our Recommendations
More than just individuals that know how to make pretty jewelry, the team at Balefire are skilled craftspeople. We have decades of knowledge from creating jewelry that is not only wearable but also structurally solid and long-lasting. When we suggest minimum ring widths or certain setting styles, that is because we have years of experience seeing what holds up and what doesn’t.
Jewelry Artist vs Rote Manufacturer
We love to work with clients to create something new and unique using a diversity of inspiration and ideas. Bringing inspirational photographs for us to consider as part of our creative process can be very helpful, as long as they are truly intended to be used for inspiration. Please note that if you bring another artist's design that you want reproduced exactly, we will recommend you buy directly from that artist. Think of the design project as a collaboration. We are artists and creatives and want to work with you to create a truly unique piece. Part of that process is sharing our expertise and aesthetics with you. If you know exactly what you want and are looking for a technician to create your vision without input, we are not the best fit for your project.
Eye the Internet with Some Wariness
The internet is both a positive and a negative for our industry. One one hand, it allows for greater exposure for our work and for our industry as a whole. Additionally, it can be a great place to find inspiration and see more unique approaches to jewelry. However, not all jewelry designers are actual makers and many don’t know (or don’t care) about creating high quality lasting pieces. Additionally, many pieces sold online are not as advertised or may even be cheap knock-offs of copyrighted material.
We don’t expect you to know it all! We love educating our clients about jewelry making, metal, stones, and believe that element can be one of the best parts of the process. If you are curious about why or how we do something, just ask us, as being able to shed light onto our process can create a more fulfilling collaboration for all involved.
We hate that we have to say this, but being rude or inappropriate with our team is unacceptable. If we terminate a project due to your treatment of our staff, your design deposit will be forfeited and you will be asked to find another partner for your project.
Jewelry Requires Care and Maintenance
Additionally, all jewelry requires care and maintenance. Jewelry should be taken off before bathing, swimming, gardening, working out, doing the dishes, etc. Some jewelry, especially rings with prongs, should also be checked by a jeweler regularly to ensure everything is in good shape. Please check out our education section on our site, or ask us, to learn more about caring for your jewelry.