November 6


What does custom jewelry cost?

By Emily Wilke

November 6, 2013


There is no difference in cost between my regular jewelry line and a custom piece.

Normally when you ask this question, you get the answer “It’s custom, so it depends.”  However, I want to give you some real specifics on what goes into custom work.

I have been making jewelry for almost 25 years, I have worked on my craft, style and technique continually over those years. I love working with wire and pride myself on my wireworking skill. I work hard on each piece to make it the best it can be in consistency, quality and design. Please read more to learn more about my background and love of jewelry making.

The Elements of Cost:

  1. Materials: The materials you select, such as sterling silver, semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals, contribute to the cost of the piece. The best part about custom jewelry and working with a jewelry artist is that we know what we can substitute to still give you the overall design and look you are going for and adjust the price so that it also works for your wallet.
  2. Labor: The time and skill of the artist is the other contributing factor. It takes time for us to search for the materials as well as design and manufacture the custom piece.

During a consultation we will browse my portfolio. It contains drawn patterns giving a base price for the piece and includes pictures of finished pieces showing how different each piece can be based on the materials chosen. For example I have necklace patterns that start at $35, but anything is possible. If you wish to change the materials included, the investment would be adjusted.

Again, there is no difference in cost between my regular jewelry line and a custom piece. The only extra time I invest is the consultation with the client. This is something I do not charge for because I love to create custom pieces, giving my clients exactly what they want.



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