Once you decide to create a custom piece of jewelry, it’s imperative that you track down the
right custom jewelry designer to handle the task. Whether you’re creating a wedding band or a
diamond necklace, there’s no reason you should be forced to settle for subpar assistance.
Fortunately, the master jewelers at Julianna’s are standing by to guide you through the process.
For over 30 years, we’ve been catering to Marin, CA residents with unbeatable custom
creations. Now, we’d like to bring the jewelry you envisioned to life.
A Tale of Custom Design
The picture to the right are custom 18k yellow gold and diamond wedding bands made
for our longtime customer, the Stallings-Schmitt's. The more eclectic ring on the left has several
scattered cognac (brown) diamonds of different shades. Our customer Todd requested the
pattern and coloring to be completely random and natural. When it came to the finish he
requested hammered to continue the more rough appearance of the piece.
His husband Alex desired a more refined and traditional band, but still resembling Todd's. He
also had a special request to use the gold for his custom piece from a heavy family wedding
band he inherited. The ring was casted from Alex's existing gold and we again used cognac
diamonds for his ring, set in a narrow channel and off center. He chose a polished finish, a yin
and yang effect when compared to his husband's.
The final and secret detail lays inside each band; a personalized hand engraved emoji, an
inside joke for the couple. Not only do these bands represent their one-of-a-kind love and
commitment for one another but the bands were literally made for each other.
Not only can we create one of a kind custom designs from scratch, but we also
specialize in 'repurposing' your jewelry. Ever wonder what to do with Grandma's hideous
brooch? The jewelry laying in a drawer from an ex? Or fought over who gets Mom's 10 stone
diamond ring? We have the answer. Let us help you Re-purpose them. We'll turn grandma's
hideous brooch into a stunning and modern piece that not only reflects your personal style, but
honors the original owner.
A Tale of a 're-purposed' creation
Juliet came to us with a bulky 1960's diamond cocktail ring with tapered baguettes and
round-brilliant diamonds that she had inherited from her grandmother. Her boyfriend used the
decently sized center diamond and 6 smaller round-brilliant diamonds to create a traditional
channel-set engagement ring. However, she now had no idea how to use the remaining 4 round
diamonds and dozens of tapered baguettes to create her wedding band. These stones did not
provide a pathway to a traditional wedding band. Juliet, her fiancé Kevin, and our design team
began the first step of creating something new with the old by simply asking the couple about
their vision. She expressed her fondness for rose gold, an eternity style band, and the idea that
a random organization of the stones rather than a perfect pattern would reflect her own
eccentricity. Next, our designer Kathy put pencil to paper as seen in the below picture and
began the second step. Kathy provided Juliet with several different diamond patterns and
setting styles. Once Juliet chose which pattern and style she desired the wax phase began. Our
jeweler makes a cad (computer) drawing of our design and 3D prints a wax model. This way the
customer can physically see the mounting and better imagine what it will look like in its full form
as well as make needed adjustments. Lastly, the piece is actually casted, stones set and
presented to the customer. Below are photos of the beginning and end phase for Juliet's one-of kind