Our Process

The custom jewelry designers at Dahlkemper’s Jewelry Connection can help you find the perfect solution for your custom jewelry design needs from concept to casting to the final creation of your unique vision.

Step 1. Get Inspired!
Jewelry design begins with a spark of inspiration, whether it comes from something you saw somewhere, or from your imagination. Do you have an idea, but can't see a picture of it clearly in your mind? Then stop by and talk to one of our skilled jewelry craftsmen. We have years of experience creating custom jewelry designs, and we will work with you through the entire process, starting with the design concept. We can show you other custom jewelry pieces and help you understand the benefits and limitations of using various types of metals and gems, and what it might cost.

Get Inspired

Step 2. The Sketch
A picture is worth a thousand words. Even if you "can't draw", simply pick up a pencil or a crayon, and make a rough sketch of your custom jewelry piece. It doesn't have to be drawn to scale. It doesn't have to be detailed. It doesn't have to be a perfect rendering of your jewelry design. It just has to show the basic idea and outline of the shape you can see in your mind's eye, so that we can see it too. If you are unable to put a sketch together, our designers will be happy to meet with you to put a sketch together.


Step 3. CAD Rendering
Once the high-level design is understood, the next step is to render the design sketch into a CAD (computer assisted design) drawing, which is a 3-D model of your jewelry. We will review the CAD drawing with you. The design can be further refined based on your comments and specifications.

CAD rendering

Step 4. Prototyping
After you approve the final CAD model, we will create an accurate prototype of your piece in wax for you to review.

Step 5. Casting
The design may be rendered by a computer, but the basic process is as old as metallurgy. The wax prototype is used to create the mold, and then molten metal is poured into the mold to create the original casting of your piece.


Step 6. Finishing
Once the casting is cooled, it is broken out of the mold, and set with stones or whatever is needed to finish the piece.


Step 7. Delivery
The artisans at Dahlkemper’s take pride in guiding you through your one-of-a-kind custom jewelry piece. This jewelry item is designed by you and will be enjoyed for many years.


Questions? Call us today at (814) 868-1910 to speak with our custom design team about turning your ideas and design sketches into a beautiful, unique piece of wearable art!

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