Custom Jewelry Design Process

Your Custom Jewelry Journey

Life has many occasions worth celebrating. From milestones like weddings, anniversaries, graduations and birthdays to the shining moments that are your very own.

These moments call for Jewelry that's Distinctively You.

Sometimes it's for a unique custom gift for a birthday, anniversary, graduation or engagement rings and wedding bands to a custom jewelry redesign where we use materials from sentimental jewelry to create a beautiful new modern heirloom.
My greatest passion is designing contemporary jewelry that's thoughtfully crafted exclusively for you. I take infinite pride in capturing the essence of your personality, your style, your story.

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When you're ready to start the exciting journey of designing your very own custom piece of jewelry with me, you can get a jump start by filling out my Custom Inquiry Form and Book Your Private Consultation or give me a call 540-524-2764 to get started. I look forward to working with you!

I look forward to working with you!

- Sarah EK Muse
Designer, Jeweler, Goldsmith
Roanoke’s Premiere Private Jeweler

Here are a few answers to frequently asked questions…

Do I need to be based in the Roanoke area?
Not at all. I work with clients from all over. However, I do love to meet in person, especially for fittings, if you are within a short drive to Roanoke.

What does the design process look like?
We start by setting up a private consultation (either in person or virtually), so I can get to know you and what you would like to have designed. We will talk about your likes and dislikes and how you want to wear your jewelry. I will ask you many questions to help guide the direction of the design.

Should I bring ideas with me when we meet?
If you have ideas for your new jewelry, please bring photos or a Pinterest board with everything you love or are inspired by such as colors, places, shapes, styles and a budget in mind for your custom piece.

Do I need to bring gemstones to start a new custom design?
Absolutely not. As a jewelry designer and AJP with 25 years of experience, I work with wonderful gemstone dealers and I will procure the perfect sustainably sourced diamonds or gems for your jewelry. On the other hand, sometimes clients bring me stones they brought back from a favorite trip or they have jewelry with stones that is collecting dust in their jewelry box and we are able to use gems from those pieces.

What if I have fine metal (gold or platinum) that's sitting in my jewelry box?
We can repurpose the gold (non-structural) or refine the metal and use the value as credit towards creating your new piece of jewelry. Not sure if it’s 14k, 18k or 22k or even if it’s real at all? Don’t worry- I’ll test it for you and give you an approximate value on the spot!

How many designs will I see?
Using all of the information gathered from our initial consultation, I'll create 3-5 thoughtfully designed sketches for you. We will discuss the options and tweak as necessary. After you approve the final design, your piece will go into production. I’ll keep you involved throughout each step of the process with photos, videos and/or in-person meetings to ensure a proper fit and that you are completely satisfied with the end product!

What you shouldn't do?
Please don’t ask me to copy another designer. Let’s create the perfect one-of-a-kind piece that’s distinctively you! You are unique and your jewelry should be too!

How much time will it take?
Approximately 2-4 months from initial consultation to finished piece.

How much does it cost?
Your initial private consultation is complimentary. Once we move into the design phase I ask for a non-refundable deposit. All designs are the property of Sarah EK Muse at Studio 12. The balance is due upon delivery/ pick-up. Any metal trade-in value is subtracted from the balance. My custom designed pieces typically start at no less than $3500.

If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Need quicker turnaround? Just let me know.

I look forward to going on a custom jewelry design journey with you!
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