Michael Dean Jewellery Gallery prides itself on its one-of-a-kind jewellery.
Our team of jewellers are able to create in the three styles of jewellery creation: hand forged, wax carving and CAD design. The process starts with the client’s vision and then the components of the design for example gemstones, style and type of metal. As our gallery shows we create all types of jewellery but we specialize in bridal creation. Click here to visit our gallery.
When ordering a Custom Jewellery Design there is some elements that need to be taken into consideration:
- Type of metal e.g. Gold or Platinum
- Color of gold e.g. yellow, white or rose
- Type of gemstones e.g. diamond, sapphire, spinel etc.
- Size of gemstones
- Finger size – click here to view our ring sizing document
- Complexity of design
The above elements will determine the cost of a Design. We take people through the design process and we would be pleased to guide you too.
All of our creations are designed to each client’s requirements; this process usually takes 3 – 8 weeks to complete. We will build you a custom creation that will astonish and delight.
We look forward to designing a special piece of jewellery just for you.
Gold, White Gold, Rose Gold or Platinum
Gold has been used for centuries to make jewellery, not only because of the beautiful rich yellow luster, but because it is a very durable and workable metal. Gold will always be associated with riches and royalty.
In all gold jewellery, pure gold has to be mixed with harder metals for added durability and strength. On its own, pure gold is a very soft metal. Without the harder alloy metals keeping it rigid, pure gold would easily bend out of shape. The most commonly used grades of Gold in North America are 10KT, 14KT and 18KT, which is the richest of the gold colors.
Pure gold is slightly reddish yellow in color but colored gold in various other colors can be produced. Pure gold alloyed with silver and copper in various proportions, producing white, yellow, rose and red golds.
White Gold is a beautiful, precious metal. It has the same appearance as platinum and silver, but has a more affordable price than platinum and is much more hard-wearing than silver.
It is the perfect choice for those who prefer a white, silvery appearance over yellow gold.
Its neutral colour and durability makes it the perfect setting for all gemstones. White gold is made up of pure gold, mixed with alloy metals that have a silvery-white colour, such as palladium and nickel.
Rose Gold encompasses the whole family of red, rose and pink gold shades. Pure gold is alloyed with copper to produce the rose color. The more copper used, the redder the gold appears.
Rose Gold is considered by many to be the most romantic metal due to its pinkish-red color. It is very durable due to the strength of copper and complement to all skin tones.
Platinum is a more valued metal because of its purity of 90 to 95 percent. Most people who have metal allergies are able to wear platinum because of the small amount of alloy. Platinum has a natural rich silver colour and is very durable.
The biggest advantage of platinum is that it has no memory; it can be molded, sculpted and manipulated without the worry of breaking, making platinum the best suited metal to hold diamonds and gemstones. The more complex the design of a jewellery piece, the more suited it is for platinum.
From a jeweller’s point of view, platinum will always be the preferred metal especially in bridal sets because of its longevity.
There are many steps to making a ring but the first steps are drawing us a picture, sending a picture, telling us your story or coming to the Gallery for a visit.
The elements of great design, along with your vision are the materials used and a life time of skills and experience.