For Custom Design, it’s not required, but we strongly suggest that you make an appointment.Our designers are not always available for walk-in clients. We like to carve away an hour of focus and attention from both of our busy schedules to insure that we have time to discuss design and materials. Plus, we enjoy taking the time to get to know you!
If you are bringing in a repair or restoration, setting an appointment is not necessary.
Our portfolio is not a catalog. You are not limited only to what we have on display on this website or in our showroom; our vision is to create client designs with quality through innovation and creative problem solving. The things you see here are only some examples of where ideas can be taken with jewelry design. Each piece is individually created to our client’s specifications and ideas, and thus there is no comprehensive list of the only things available, nearly anything can be made.
We frequently receive artwork from customers who wanted to draw out or draft their own jewelry. We absolutely encourage this, and it can sometimes save many steps in the sketching process. However, we often need to make modifications for stone setting, metal flow, and structural integrity. We encourage you to make an appointment and bring your artwork along!
Additionally, we do not accept, print, or mill CAD files without review by our CAD artists, and review does not guarantee that the file will be able to be utilized for production.
Not only can we offset the cost of your new custom piece with existing jewelry, by request, we can actually use it in your piece. As we alloy and cast in house, we can even change the color of your gold too! Old chains, outdated family pieces, we’ve even had broken silver spoons. In the past, clients have been able to offset the entire cost of production using recycled materials. It’s also environmentally sound, as we don’t have to use freshly mined gold to create jewelry, and also allows our customers peace of mind to know that previously unworn or rarely used jewelry is being made into something new and treasured.
Nothing really. A great way to provide both you and the designer with insight is to bring in or email a photo of something you like and something you don’t. We prefer that our customers start with some idea of what they’d like to see in the end, but it’s our designer’s job to show you the different options available and guide you to a design that is both feasible and affordable. We can work with vague notions of style, or specific concept drawings and measurements.
Ultimately, we will be able to narrow the options of what is possible and what you like, and create a piece based on that. Since we have control over all stages of design, we can also make changes to fit what you want at most stages of the process.
How long do you need it to take? Our standard turnaround time for a custom job is 6 to 8 weeks. However, with a Rush status we can accelerate this process exponentially. Let us know your time frame, and we will do everything in our power to accommodate it, while still delivering quality product.
That’s a big question, and one that is extremely dependent on design and materials. For instance, a sterling silver piece using a client stone will have a very different price tag than butterflies holding a ruby on a necklace with lightning bolts and a photo realistic slice of toast. Once a piece is designed at one of our free design appointments, we break down the cost of creation: The necessary design time, recycling of client materials, casting costs, stone setting labor, etc. This not only creates transparency for you, but allows you and your designer to make budgetary decisions without compromising your design.
We begin with a no obligation design appointment, where a designer sketches your ideas, and helps guide you to which materials, stone settings, and other choices will best serve your design, lifestyle, and budget. When the design is finalized, your designer will give you a quote, including a breakdown, a deposit is taken and we move on to creating your project.
Based on your project, you may sit down with us to approve a computer render or wax model. You can make changes to your design, or give approval for casting. From there, we begin the production process, from casting, to stone setting, finishing, and final check.
Because clients are given the opportunity for input throughout the custom process, this problem is one we encounter very rarely. Under our warranty, one hour of labor is completely free for in metal modifications. Additionally, any issues with your jewelry that affect your ability to wear it comfortably (i.e. width of the band) are covered under the warranty. We find that this resolves most issues that people have with a finished piece. If you are still not satisfied with your custom piece after we take these steps, you can return the piece and receive store credit, excluding diamond and gemstones which you have previously selected and purchased, to use in any way you would like. Please note though, that complete custom remakes covered by store credit can only be utilized once.
A better question is probably, what don’t we work with? Several alloys of silver, 10K, 14K, and 18K gold in white, yellow, rose, royal and green gold, a trio of platinum alloys, 14K Palladium White Gold, Damascus Steel, Stainless Steel, Titanium, Wood, Meteorite, Mokume Gane, Shell, Pearl, Beach Sand, Granite. We even inlaid an Emmylou Harris LP once!
Absolutely, the color of gold is determined by the alloy added to the pure gold before casting. When we recycle gold, whether for general use or in our process called Single Batch Refining, we remove all the impurities and old alloys and start with fine gold, and add standardized alloys to affect the color. By starting with fine gold, we can add the desired alloy to achieve the color and karat we want. Any combination of gold colors and karat weights can be recycled. Take a look at our metals page here (link) to see our choices.
Single Batch Refining is the process we use when our clients want specific gold, usually for sentimental reasons, to be used in their custom piece. A common example is a daughter using her mother’s yellow gold wedding band in her white gold engagement ring. By chemically refining the gold in an individual batch, we can guarantee that your special gold is being used in this individualized, beautiful, custom piece.
We have the capacity to plate your jewelry, in black and white rhodium. While most commercial jewelry is rhodium plated to a chrome finish to eliminate the slight warm white tint of its gold content, we leave it up to you. In the case of some restorations, we may recommend it. However, because rhodium plating requires upkeep, often needed to be reapplied every six months to a year, we consider it to be a matter of preference.
This is a difficult question to answer, it’s not about weight, it’s about value. Your material is credited towards the cost of the project. Additionally, if we are recycling a piece for sentimental reasons in Single Batch Refining, we can supplement the fine gold from your piece with our own gold, so the amount you provide is not an issue for production.
Yes. However, we do require you utilize our independent appraisal services, for a fee, so that your piece can be fully insured after production.
All stones that can be removed without destroying them are done so before we begin the refining process, and placed with the project file. Stones can then either be returned to you, or if specified, used in the new piece. Stones are individually assessed before being applied for credit, and are not guaranteed to be accepted as credit. As listed in our policy, we are not responsible for customer stones, although we do take every precaution in the refining process to preserve customer stones.
The only diamonds we have that are treated in any way are our colored diamonds, which are sometimes irradiated or treated with heat to enhance the hue of the stone. You will always be aware, prior to purchasing a stone, if it has been treated in any way. We do not deal in any diamonds that have been treated in any other way, including fracture filled and laser drilled stones.
Although there is a perception that created gemstones are less desirable than their natural counterparts, chemically, created gemstones are identical. As the name suggests, created gemstones are man made, which lowers both their cost and environmental impact. When choosing between natural and created gemstones, appearance is often a deciding factor. For instance, emerald created in a lab is optically clear, while natural emerald is characterized by the textured depth created by internal inclusions. Which stone is best for your design is a matter of preference.
Some of our gemstones are untreated, and some gemstones naturally need no treatment. Many of our gemstones are treated in one of many ways, typically with heat, which is an industry standard for many gemstones and neither harms nor lowers their quality. Many stones are heated to enhance color, and this in some cases prevents excessive mining since many natural gemstones have little or poor color. The difference between treated and untreated gemstones is usually undetectable except under laboratory conditions.
I have had allergic reactions to my jewelry in the past. Are there hypoallergenic choices available?
Allergies to alloys used in jewelry are not uncommon. These most commonly include copper, nickel and zinc. We try to use hypoallergenic alloys in our pieces when possible, and if you have a known allergy to metals please let us know so we can make the necessary changes in the alloying of the gold, or explore other hypoallergenic avenues.
Ethics/Impact on the Enviroment
Ethics/Impact on the Enviroment
A great deal actually. All of the metals used to make rings have been mined from the earth at some point or another. Most of the stones used have also been mined, although as stone creation technologies progress, this is shifting. There is a large industry built up to create, transport and promote jewelry and all this takes resources. Through wise choices and good investments, we can reduce the effect that jewelry manufacturing and sales has on the environment. Darvier is doing its part by using recycled material and sourcing gemstones and diamonds using channels that are as equally committed to ethical, environmentally conscious practices as we are.
Our stones are purchased only from a select number of sources with whom we’ve worked for many years. In much of the diamond and gemstone trade, most business is done on an introduction and a handshake, so trust is paramount. By carefully vetting and developing a personal relationship with our vendors, we avoid stones that appear to be of questionable origin. It is also one of the reasons why we have an extensive collection of lab created gems, as we can be absolutely certain that they are of ethical origin. Our diamond inventory is supplied by vendors who adhere to the Kimberley process of fair trading. http://www.kimberleyprocess.com/
Repair, Restoration and Vintage Design
Repair, Restoration and Vintage Design
Certainly. We have an incredibly gifted team of metalsmiths to tackle restorations. Also, we use an industry standard pricing guide to insure that our repair quotes are competitive.
In most cases, yes. We have a very talented team that are able to repair and renew pieces that have been worn and damaged by time, stress or impact. With intensive repairs, we usually have our metalsmiths look over it and present you with options for proceeding. These evaluations carry no cost or obligation.
Usually yes, and we have an in-house collection of antique cut diamonds. Something to keep in mind is that it can take some time and quite a bit of searching to find the correct or matching stones. Because of this, we are often unable to give an immediate estimate on what the actual replacement will cost, since the stones are fairly rare, and sometimes with unpredictable pricing. There are some fairly standard antique cuts that are easier to find than others. We also have the option of custom cutting a stone to match those in your vintage jewelry. Let us know what you have in mind.
Yes, we have often created matching pieces to vintage jewelry that shares design elements and stones with the original. With certain pieces it is difficult or near impossible to match the exact style of the original, as many antique pieces were created from soldered metal stampings, or through intensive fabrication. We can generally make a piece that still holds the original look and feel in a matching piece, and often photograph or sketch the original to use as a template for the matching piece. Additionally, we can use the piece to carve a shadow band that fits perfectly alongside the original, thereby further enhancing the appearance that the pieces were created together.
All of our jewelry is created or restored in our private production facility here in Ft. Collins, Colorado. We like to have complete control over the creation process, and feel that some of the jewelry that is mass produced is of lower quality than one should expect from a professional creative establishment. When we do have to order components or pieces for clients, we work with reputable suppliers here in the USA.
Rings, like many other things, sometimes need a little maintenance after wearing them in daily use. Since all our rings are created new and have never had your unique needs, it’s not uncommon for there to be a little bit of “play” in the stone setting after a few months. This can easily be corrected by a stone tightening, and usually never makes a repeat appearance in the shop again. Most frequently this happens with pressure type settings, although it can also happen on occasion with prong type settings. Also, we offer free cleanings and stone inspection, and pieces covered by our warranty get free stone tightening for the lifetime of the piece.
Yes, we do! We highly recommend making an appointment if you are bringing a piece with a large center stone or medium to large estates.
We electronically test the metal and gemstones during the intake process. We can determine the karat value of your gold, detect platinum pieces and classify the gemstone or diamond by the use of established industry testing equipment employed by leading gemstone and diamond appraisal services.
When we receive any customer jewelry, we weigh it, photograph it, catalog it, and associate these documents with the customer job. Once we’ve done this, if the gold is to be refined out for use in our Single Batch Refining process, we remove the stones from the mountings and put them back with the remainder of the customer information in our vault. We then refine the gold pieces separately from all other refining and refine it in an individually marked container. Once we’ve finished refining the gold, we put the gold back with the customer job, where it remains until we are ready to proceed with casting.
Yes. Although, your custom jewelry from Darvier will be accompanied by a detailed receipt suitable for insurance appraisal purposes. However, if you provided materials or gemstones used in the creation of your piece, this will not be included. For that, we offer independent appraisal services at a special rate.