Whether it’s something specific you’ve found online or a treasured inheritance from a grandmother in need of new life, custom jewellery remains the perfect way to get the piece you want.
From engagement rings on social media to engraving a name or date or a necklace, with so many design possibilities, the only way to source exactly what you want is to custom-make it.
Custom jewellery has increased in popularity over the last century.
After the great depression of the 1930s, families began having disposable income again and could spend money on luxurious items such as a necklace or bracelets. Now, the younger generations’ grandparents are leaving their pieces to their grandchildren who are converting them into something wearable.
“While we still hold respect for the hand-me-down jewellery pieces, instead of putting them away in a drawer, you actually have a way to keep them with you.”
“There are two ways to have custom jewellery made,” says Nicholas Rosset, co-owner of Savoy’s Jewellers in Sault Ste. Marie. “You could come in looking for something made from scratch because you know it’s not something you can buy from a showcase. Or, we can melt down your own jewellery, such as a great-grandmother’s rings, into a piece that’s more aligned with your taste.”
“We don’t want to copy anything verbatim, but that being said, you can put your own flair into it and make it into a little more personal, one-of-a-kind piece. There are thousands of different ideas you can make a reality with Savoy’s Jewellers,” says Rosset.
What is the cost of custom jewellery?
“That question has both a simple and complicated answer,” adds Rosset. “Simply put, it's probably less costly than you think. But on the more complicated end of it, it's a very hard thing to generally price out because there are a lot of factors that go into pricing.”
How much a customer will pay for a custom piece depends on the complexity of the design and how much and what type of material is supplied by the customer or bought brand new. Many of those looking for customized jewellery will find new smaller pieces in-store and online or might even find old jewellery at thrift stores and garage sales and bring them in to be melted down. Once the gold or silver is verified, it’s a simple process from there.
“Whether you’ve got a pair of earrings and lost one or a gold chain that’s worn out and not worth repairing,” says Rosset, “With custom jewellery, you actually have a way to bring your pieces – and those handed down to you – back to life again.”
Visit Savoy's Jewellers in either of their Sault Ste Marie locations at 290 Queen St E or in the Station Mall, 293 Bay St. Or, visit them online here.