Cory Smith Studios

Design Process

Soldering deck
At soldering deck (one aspect of fabricating or repairing jewelry)

Applying final finish to jewelry at polishing bench

I work with clients to create heirloom-quality jewelry. I have developed a design style over the years and most customers opt for giving me free rein in designing their jewelry pieces.

Some of the processes used in creating custom jewelry are:

  • Fabrication
  • Lost wax casting
  • Buying & selling diamonds and other custom-cut gems
  • Stone faceting and stone setting
  • Insurance replacement & appraisals
  • Polishing & finishing
  • Hand engraving

Read about my most ambitious piece to date

Design Policy

This is a description of the standard procedures involved in commissioning a piece of custom jewelry.

  • Initial meeting
  • Determine type of metal to be used (yellow/white gold, platinum)
  • Determine gemstones to be used, if desired (size, shape, type of mineral, quality & price range)
  • If needed, order gemstones for client approval
  • Discuss style or design of piece (geometric, art deco, curvilinear art nouveau, etc.)
  • Approval of prepared model or sketch, estimate finalized
  • Completion of piece
  • Finished piece picked up directly or sent via registered mail

Standard Payment Policy

A minimum 50% downpayment is required upon design approval with the balance due after receipt and approval of the finished piece. The cost of the final piece includes design and manufacturing time, cost of gemstones and precious metal, shipping and tax, where applicable. Methods of payment include approved personal check, Visa, Mastercard and cash.

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