Finding Inspiration: Custom Jewelry Made With Trims
Sparks of creativity can result in beautiful pieces of jewelry that customers will enjoy for years to come. But customized pieces do not have to be extravagant or sizable. Sometimes the most unique pieces are simply the tiniest displays of personalization. Have you thought of creating your own line of personalized jewelry made using trims? Let’s explore this concept in this month’s edition of Finding Inspiration.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the inner designer in every jeweler and provide a spark of creativity in artisans throughout the jewelry industry. We are always amazed at the phenomenal work that Stuller customers do with our findings and want to share that creativity with our community. Let’s dive into the world of trims and how they can be used to craft a line of jewelry.
Trims: Variety Provides Options
These versatile findings provide many options when considering developing a line of jewelry. They can be soldered to various other findings — such as shanks, jump rings, bails, and posts — to create rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets, and more! Stuller offers a wide variety of trims to give you options. Browse hundreds of our trims on Stuller.com and start creating today!
Members of our fine jewelry and findings teams often collaborate to develop new pieces to offer our customers.
“Findings is a never-ending puzzle,” says Emily Hargroder, Findings Product Manager. “It’s all about having the perfect connecting pieces to fill the gaps. Our team is always talking to customers and studying finished jewelry pieces to discover what findings are missing in our line. Our job is to create components that make designing as easy as possible for our jewelers.”
See how our teams came together to combine trims with other findings to create popular pieces of fine jewelry.
Custom Laser Cut Designs Program
Can’t find the trim you’re looking for in our product line? Create your own laser cut trims using our Custom Laser Cut Designs Program! This is a quick, consistent service that provides you with the perfect way to explore your creativity, create a line of jewelry unique to your store, or offer personalization. Get started designing today by emailing CustomLaserDesigns@Stuller.com or call 800-877-7777, ext. 3631.
Share Your Inspiration
Have you thought of a line of earrings, bracelets, necklaces, or rings you want to develop? Share it with us on social media! We are always looking to see great pieces of creativity made using our findings. If you want a chance to be featured in an upcoming edition of Finding Inspiration, post your piece(s) online using the hashtag #stullerfindings and tagging us @stullerinc.
Check out our recent Finding Inspiration blog posts for more design pieces with Stuller findings.
Every couple is different and so is their journey to “I do.” Sometimes a couple finds each other in the most unlikely of places and at a time when they least expect it. For tools & supplies technical specialist Paula, her perfect match was a coworker of more than 20 years, but it was quite the journey to get there. Follow along on a story that epitomizes the saying, “Love is patient.”
This is Paula and Keith’s ring story.
Paula began her career at Stuller in 1995 in the stone setting department as a specialist. Within her first few years at Stuller, she experienced personal ups and downs, which ended with a divorce after 16 years of marriage. While not an experience anyone would want to go through, she looked forward to a new beginning and focused on supporting her children.
At the time Paula had started at Stuller, Keith had already been with the company for three years and was a master stone setter. They worked together in the stone setting department for a few years and became friends. As time passed and their friendship grew, Keith decided to take things to the next level and asked Paula on a date. Having already been married and divorced, Paula was hesitant at first, but knew the Keith was a good man and decided to pursue the opportunity.
Paula’s Perfect Ring
As Paula would say, she loves “bling.” She told Keith that if she ever did get married again, she would want to “do it big.”
With his connections in Stuller’s CAD/CAM team, Keith took a yellow gold Stuller mounting (now discontinued) that featured baguette diamond accents. In addition to the baguette accent stones, he filled in areas between those stones with round diamond accents. Then, he added a platinum setting complete with a marquise diamond. Keith is a certified gemologist and was very picky about what stones he wanted in Paula’s rings. With a service we now call Special Orders, Keith was able to source the perfect marquise diamond in the clarity and quality he wanted.
Paula got Keith’s wedding ring and provided him with options. She chose three options from the catalog and told him to pick two. She wanted to make sure he would like the ring, but still wanted an element of surprise. He picked his two options, and she chose a simple two-tone band made with yellow and white gold to match the style of her ring. She also had their wedding date inscribed on the inside of the band.
Five years after they were married, Keith also had matching bands made for Paula to go on either side of her engagement ring. Paula is a fan of having two bands accompanying an engagement ring. With the help of some friends in CAD/CAM services, Keith was able to get Paula’s ring under the guise of they wanted to practice making an imprint with her ring. What actually happened was Keith soldered two bands onto the ring and gifted her the complete ring for Christmas that year with Paula’s children.
The Journey from “Yes” to “I Do”
A Holiday Proposal
As you can imagine, things progressed very well for Paula and Keith. While Paula was enjoying their time together as they became serious about their relationship, Keith is the type of man that knows what he wants and made his intentions clear. In 1999, Paula was under the impression she was getting a watch for Christmas from Keith. However, while opening gifts with his family, she opened a watch box to no watch.
She looked at him and whispered, “It’s empty.” He smiled and told her, “Look again real good.”
Paula removed the watch collar from the box and laying there was the beautiful ring Keith had designed and customized just for her. She excitedly accepted his proposal.
Patience is a Virtue
While she was incredibly happy to be engaged to Keith, she wasn’t quite ready to get married again and Keith was a patient man. Every six months after their engagement, Keith would ask her, “Are you ready to get married?” Each time she replied, “Not yet.” Unphased, Keith would accept that answer and prepare to ask again in another six months.
This six-month routine repeated itself for over three years. While many would be shocked to hear a story like this, Paula and Keith were not in a rush. They had each other and that was enough. That is, until Paula came to a personal realization.
A True, South Louisiana Wedding
In March 2003, Paula was at her bench in her new role in the modeling department. The thought came to her, “That’s a good man I have. He’s taken ‘no’ every six months and still treats me like a queen and puts me on a pedestal.”
On her break that day, she walked up to his office in stone setting. She told him that she knew it was not his usual check in time, but she was now ready to get married. He replied with a simple “okay” and went back to work. As she walked back to her bench from his office, she was a little confused at how nonchalantly he responded. In fact, she turned around and went back to his office to talk to him about how he felt about the wedding, but he was gone.
Confused and slightly anxious at Keith’s sudden departure from work, she went home at the end of the day wondering what he was up to. As she walked in the house, she saw Keith sitting in the living room and on a table was a marriage license ready for them to get married that upcoming weekend.
Within three days, Keith and their families were able to coordinate a wedding true to their southern Louisiana roots. Complete with their families, they celebrated the next stage of their lives with a crawfish boil at their home and the rest is history. Paula and Keith remain happily married to this day and still work at Stuller along with several members of their family.
A Stuller Happily Ever After
The beautiful thing about love is that it can be unexpected and find us when we least expect it. Paula and Keith’s story is one with a long winding journey, but also with the happy ending they both deserve. The fact that their Stuller family was able to be along for the ride the entire way made it all the better.
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Meet Brittany Pata: The 2021 March Bridal Madness Champion
The 2021 winner of our annual March Bridal Madness contest is Brittany Pata, a custom jewelry designer at Zachary’s Jewelers in Annapolis, MD!
I had the honor of speaking with Brittany and asking her some questions about her design journey, as well as her personal life! Learn more about Brittany and her winning March Bridal Madness design below.
Congratulations, Brittany, on being crowned the 12th annual March Bridal Madness champion! Before we get into the design, tell us a little bit about yourself!
I got married in May 2019 to my husband, Nick. Nick is a D.C. Firefighter who also volunteers in his spare time. We have two dogs, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Husky. We are a fun outdoorsy family, but we also just love to snuggle up on the couch with the pups and watch a movie.
A little about my background. I went to Florida State University (Go Seminoles!) and graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design. I have always been very artistic and my ability to draw and paint was an amazing gift I was given. When I was in grade school, I actually won a few art contests and dreamed about one day becoming a muralist, but fell into graphic design and loved it. After graduating, I realized there was something huge missing from my life and my career, and that was people. Sitting behind a computer designing just wasn’t enough for me.
That’s so interesting! How did your background get you into the jewelry industry?
This is a really good story! My mom is a philanthropist and has been on the Hospice Gala board for many years, and three years ago asked me if I would help volunteer at their annual Hospice Gala Event. When I got there, employees from Zachary’s Jewelers were there giving away a big-ticket item they were donating, and they needed help selling the raffle tickets. I stepped in, and Evangeline, the owner’s sister, and Constance, who is our COO, were impressed with the way I was selling and handling the raffle ticket purchases and told me that if they had a position open at the store, I would be the first person they called. Not even 6 months later I get a call for an interview, and the rest is history!
That’s an awesome story. I can tell you are passionate about what you do! Tell me, what is the story behind the winning design?
A young man came in and wanted to propose to his girlfriend, and luckily had acquired a beautiful family stone, a round brilliant diamond. Even though I have only been in jewelry for a couple years, I have always been able to see people well, and this young man was the first young man I had sat with that I could feel the loved he felt for her just seeping from every part of him. I could tell this young man truly just could not wait to start his life with her.
He wanted to create something special, so we landed on doing a fun and unique starburst halo style setting, and I was able to send him a few ideas using different shaped diamonds in different patterns, and he chose the winning design that you see here! He put all his trust in me, and together with Zachary’s Jewelers, we created a beautiful one-of-a-kind setting that she absolutely adores! When I handed the finished piece to my customer, we both teared up and it was such a beautiful moment.
It’s truly wonderful, the moments jewelers get to experience with customers, especially for occasions of this magnitude! Did you have any inspiration for the design?
A couple weeks prior to meeting my customer, Stuller had some website banners showcasing their new starburst style halo rings, and the ring I designed pulled some characteristics from one of those styles! When he came in and said he wanted to do something a little playful and fun, I knew exactly the direction to go based on the inspiration I had seen from visiting the Stuller website.
I think the starburst-style rings are becoming really popular, and rightfully so. They are beautiful! Can you tell me about the design process of this ring?
The process started off by me as the designer coming up with different drawn ideas to showcase his family’s stone. I have attached a photo of this. Then he chose the one he liked best, and after the estimate was approved, the CAD render images were sent to him for approval. He was very excited to move onto the next step!
After that, we met once more for me to show him the WAX, which we created for him to look at and approve before the ring went to casting and setting. He ended up being thrilled with the wax and loved every step of the process. When the finished product was completed, I took it outside, like I always do for all my custom designs, and took a few nicely lit images and videos of the ring to send to him with a text saying, “It’s HERE! And it’s Beautiful!”.
I’m sure he LOVED it, I know I did. You just might have to design my engagement ring! Outside of work, what are some of your interests or hobbies?
I am an avid dog lover, Peloton Spinner, scuba-diver, Netflix binger, sunset lover, crafter, and boat day enthusiast. I also love having a cocktail downtown Annapolis with friends on a warm summer day.
Thanks so much for sharing Brittany! We here at Stuller are so thrilled with your design. We are sure you made one lucky lady very happy. Be sure to check out Zachary’s Jewelers if you’re in the Annapolis area, and be sure to keep up with them on their Facebook and Instagram.
Additionally, follow Brittany’s personal design page on Instagram here to keep up with her journey in the industry as a jewelry designer.
Want to learn about last year’s March Bridal Madness winner? Check out our feature of the 2020 champion here!
Finding Inspiration: A Custom Designed Mother’s Pendant
As jewelers, we have the opportunity to provide our customers with something completely unique and meaningful – something they will enjoy and cherish for a lifetime. Being with customers for great milestones and commemorative occasions is truly something special. Elizabeth Parker with Curt Parker Jewelers recently had the opportunity to share her experience of crafting a one-of-a-kind piece for a customer that takes those special moments and allows them to be with the customer forever.
Finding Inspiration is a campaign to inspire the inner designer within every jeweler and provide a spark of creativity for artisans throughout the jewelry industry. We are always in awe of what our customers are doing with Stuller findings and how they make unique pieces of jewelry. In this installation of Finding Inspiration, we take a look at the piece made by Curt Parker Jewelers and the story behind such a beautiful piece of art.
Curt Parker Jewelers: The Beginning
Elizabeth Parker and her husband Curt have been in the jewelry business together since 1976; however, this was not always their profession. When they got married, Curt was a design engineer and Elizabeth was a college professor. Shortly after their wedding, Curt decided he wanted to switch careers and become a trade jeweler. Elizabeth supported this decision, and it didn’t take long for her to join him in this new endeavor.
Although a teacher by trade at the time, Elizabeth was no stranger to jewelry design.
“I had started designing jewelry when I was 10 years old. I would make pieces and go door to door in my neighborhood selling them,” Elizabeth said.
Throughout her schooling, she had intentions to pursue an art degree when the time came to go to college. However, fear of not being able to support herself on a career in art pushed her to choose teaching. But as you can see, Elizabeth is an example of how our dreams sometimes have a way of coming back to us unexpectedly.
In the beginning, Curt and Elizabeth operated their jewelry business out of the basement of their home for 8 years before establishing their first brick and mortar location. After 20 years they moved into a larger free-standing location in St. Louis, Missouri, where they remain today.
“We have been doing almost all of our finding work with Stuller since our beginning,” Elizabeth added. “We do a lot of work with findings where we will take the basic pieces, like a basket setting, and create an unusual or different top that is unique to us.”
They have been Stuller customers for more than 35 years and are recipients of 13 national and international awards for jewelry design.
Close to a Mother’s Heart
For the specific piece we are highlighting, it all began with a custom request from a loving mother. In January of this year, a customer met with Elizabeth for her assistance in making a mother’s piece to commemorate the love she has for her family. She wanted the piece to include the birthstones of her husband, herself, her son, her daughter, and her daughter-in-law. Other than that detail, she left a large part of the design work up to Elizabeth.
From there, Elizabeth got to work. Because the customer is a gardener, she used a flower as inspiration for this piece. The final piece resembles a top-down view of a blooming flower in a pot where the stones are the petals.
The stones include 9x6mm oval-cut Aquamarine, Peridot, Amethyst, Rhodalite Garnet, and a 7mm Japanese Akoya Pearl. The stones are set on a 14K white gold pear-shaped setting with a scroll design (1904). The piece also included four setting strips (1061) set with 1.5 carats of diamonds. The bail (184) was added to connect the pendant to a chain. All metal was finished in rhodium plating solution (45-4142) to reduce tarnishing.
The findings used in this piece perfectly complemented the stones and design. For example, if you look closely at the settings used to hold the stone (1904), the scroll design resembles a flower. Even the tiniest details in the findings used in a piece can bring the whole piece together.
“We have developed our findings assortment over the years to include a wide variety of offerings so that jewelers and designers like Elizabeth are able to provide their customers with the piece of their dreams,” says Molly Kowalski, Stuller findings product manager. “In a custom piece, everything should feel cohesive in the design. The findings used set the foundation so make sure you have exactly what you need. Don’t forget that our team is here to help!”
Elizabeth’s Helping Hand
Elizabeth worked diligently to provide her customer with a piece to keep her family close to her heart. Along the way, Stuller was with her to help with any obstacles that came up.
“The biggest challenge was finding stones that fit a color palette,” she said.
Coordinating five gemstones of differing colors can be quite the challenge. However, Stuller’s Special Order Services worked with Elizabeth to hand-select stones in hues that complemented each other.
In the end, Elizabeth created a beautiful pendant her customer was thrilled with and is sure to wear with pride. Elizabeth was also careful to design the pendant with space to include future expansions to the family. Her customer’s family story is not yet complete, and Elizabeth will be there to assist her in telling that future tale.
Stories like Elizabeth’s is a large part of why Stuller continues our work today. A jeweler can provide a customer with something that truly touches the heart, and we want to be there every step of the way. From unique pieces to finished solutions, Stuller stands ready to assist jewelers at a moment’s notice however you may need us. Get started learning about the products and services we offer by visiting Stuller.com.
Share Your Inspiration
Did this month’s feature of Curt Parker Jewelers inspire you? Do you have a similar story you’d like to share with us? Join our community of artisans and jewelers using Stuller findings to craft unique pieces for their customers by posting pictures of your jewelry on social media using #stullerfindings and tagging us @stullerinc. Inspire others and share your creativity. Join us again next month for another installment of Finding Inspiration.
Check out more posts from our Finding Inspiration campaign.
Get excited for the 9th Annual March Bridal Madness contest! Show off your favorite custom-designed engagement ring or wedding band that has been modified from a Stuller style. The grand prize is $1,000 Stuller account credit as well as a highlighted design feature on all of Stuller’s social platforms.
How to Enter and Win
Interested in participating? It’s as easy as submitting a picture or sketch of a ring custom-made by Stuller.
Michael is the owner of Intersecting Hearts in Portage, Michigan. He discovered his love of design when he was 14, beginning with leatherwork and expanding to woodwork and jewelry. So much is his love for design that one of his favorite design symbols – the heart – played a strong role in the name of his business.
“The concept of Intersecting Hearts was born from that idea of two overlapping hearts because to me, that creates a symbolism of the harmonies two people bring to a relationship. Just like my wife and I, every couple has their own story, and I wanted to be able to represent that with a unique, simple design.”
Learn About Michael’s Winning Piece
Michael’s piece was created for a customer that wanted to use a genuine purple sapphire with a wide band. Using a sapphire he purchased from Stuller as the center stone, he took his own ring design and added two bands set with diamonds on either side to make the piece wider.
This Art Deco-inspired ring has a special place in his heart as his store’s Intersecting Hearts symbol is nestled between the scrollwork containing small side diamonds. In a sense, Michael placed a piece of himself in this design. To learn more about Michael and his design, view our feature from last year’s March Bridal Madness contest here. You can also check out last year’s entries on our Facebook page.
You can find a piece of every bride in her ring as it reflects her style, personality, and beauty. For Stuller’s director of diamonds, Heather Fontenot, this statement rings true with the simple yet elegant solitaire ring her now-husband surprised her with.
This is Heather and Cody’s ring story.
“Very simple, very easy.”
From picking out the perfect diamond and mounting to crafting a unique wedding band solution, the experts at Stuller were happy to help and be a part of Heather and Cody’s journey to happily ever after.
When the time came for Cody to pop the question, he enlisted the help of Stanley Zale – Stuller’s vice president of diamond and gemstone procurement. While Heather did connect Cody and Stanley, she gave no directions to Cody as to what she wanted.
“I didn’t tell Cody anything, but I told Stanley that I like a high color. I didn’t care what shape, the mounting, the design – I wanted to be surprised.”
Stanley coordinated with Cody for him to visit the Stuller building during Bench Jeweler Workshop, when Heather would be preoccupied and not notice he was around. Stanley and another coworker assisted Cody in picking the diamond and ring without Heather being aware he was in the building.
Heather trusted Cody to know her and her tastes. She said, “I feel like he has always understood what I wanted.” In the end, he truly did.
Heather’s ring is a six-prong die-struck platinum solitaire with a 2.14-carat oval lab-grown diamond (VS1, F). Strong, simple, and classic – exactly what Heather wanted!
Custom Wedding Band Solution
While Heather’s engagement ring is simple and classic, her wedding bands required a unique solution to make it perfect. Heather’s vision was to have two wedding bands – one on each side of the ring – that rest flush against the ring without a contour around the ring. She found it difficult to find a wedding band that fit just right. With the six-prong setting, there was always either a gap between the bands or a contour around the ring.
She enlisted the help of Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services to assist her in creating a custom solution. In the end, Stuller’s designers were able to take two simple shanks and create a notch in each that allows the rings to fit flat on either side of the engagement ring. This unique solution allows Heather to stack any ring on her finger with these bands without them having to have a matching contour, letting her enjoy the simplicity of wearing just her bands with their one-of-a-kind features.
A Personal Touch from Heather
Cody’s wedding band was also made by the team at Stuller. Simple in style and made of platinum, it is the perfect complement to Heather’s custom rings.
But Cody’s ring has something unique and special about it as well: on the inside, Heather had a short note inscribed in her handwriting. It reads “Forever Yours” along with their wedding date, the perfect reminder that Cody has found his perfect match.
With all the planning done, it was finally time for Cody to ask Heather the ultimate question. He told her that they were going meet up with their friends for his birthday at their favorite restaurant – Tsunami in downtown Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They arrived early and enjoyed a glass of wine overlooking a picturesque Mississippi River sunset on the terrace.
He turned to Heather and said, “Do you remember how I said I got everything I wanted for my birthday? Well, there is just one more thing.” He got on one knee, and the rest is history. The excuse of meeting up with friends was a ruse. They enjoyed a dinner alone together before telling their families and the world the good news.
Make Dreams a Reality
There are stories like Heather and Cody’s every day. While you carry rings that will bring tears to a bride’s face, others will need your help designing a ring that exceeds their greatest dreams.
We are here to make you the hero and help you provide the happy ending that Heather and Cody received. Starting with one of our 3C designs, you can guide your customer through the process of customizing their ring. You also have the option to work with our CAD/CAM team or create your own design using CounterSketch® or MatrixGold®.
We have solutions to meet all your needs. Visit Stuller.com today and let us help you make your customers’ dreams come true.
Learn more about Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™ on our recent blog post!
How to Customize Bridal Jewelry With Modify a Style
As one of the top proposal dates of the year, Valentine’s Day is an important time of the year for the jewelry industry. With custom-designed jewelry only growing more popular, offering customization as one of your services is a guaranteed way to boost sales and build your reputation as your area’s go-to jeweler for all things custom.
But if you think you need to buy expensive equipment to offer customization, we have great news: Stuller’s Modify a Style service makes it easy for you to offer customized engagement rings to any customer. Available through our CAD/CAM Services team, Modify a Style is your solution to any custom request.
These designs, marked out with the light blue 3C badge, indicate that a specific style is a flexible 3C design. What this means is you can change the center stone shape, center stone size, ring size, and metal quality of that chosen style. Almost immediately, the on-screen render will update to reflect your changes.
For example, if you have a solitaire-style ring and want to change the center from a five-millimeter round diamond to a seven-millimeter round morganite, you can make the switch and rapidly get a new visual — right before your customer’s eyes.
But what if those options aren’t enough to achieve their dream ring? What if they need something a little extra special?
Enter: Modify a Style
When you want to customize a flexible 3C design beyond the options you see online, Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services can make those changes for you. With Modify a Style, you choose an existing style and request that our CAD/CAM team make the changes to your specifications. There are two ways to do this:
Click Modify This Style beneath the product’s image on the left side of your screen.
Grab the product’s SKU number and visit the Modify a Style form directly here.
From needing a special setting for a customer’s unusual stone to wanting to change up the details on an existing flexible 3C design, the customization possibilities are truly endless with Modify a Style.
You’ll receive a quote and a render within 48 hours (two business days). Once we have your approval, our expert team of manufacturers and designers will get to work on your jewelry, working back and forth with you each step of the process until the ring is perfect.
Whether you want the final piece delivered to you set, unset, or semi-set and unfinished or perfectly polished, Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services work for you to make any bridal dream come true.
Other CAD/CAM Services
In addition to Modify a Style, Stuller offers three other ways you can customize with our CAD/CAM experts:
Submit a Model lets you send in a resin or wax model. CAD/CAM Services will take care of the casting so that you don’t have to.
Submit a CAD Model lets you send in a render that Stuller will then grow as a wax or resin, then cast if you desire.
Submit a Sketch enables you to send in an image or drawing. Our design team will do the CAD work for you, and once approved, we can take care of manufacturing — from start to finish, all in one place.
The process of picking out the perfect engagement ring is extremely personal and different for every couple. Some brides pick out their own ring, while others are completely surprised by what their soon-to-be-fiancé chooses. But there is another way: building fully customized rings with a custom jeweler. That is exactly what Blake and Morgan did with the help of Stuller’s CAD/CAM services.
This year on the blog, we are celebrating Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™ by highlighting stunning engagement rings and the Stuller associates who wear them. This is Blake and Morgan’s story.
‘I want something completely different.’
Morgan did not want to be involved in designing her ring, but she did give her future husband Blake some guidelines. They browsed styles together at multiple jewelers, but as the Bridal Director at Stuller at the time, she felt that she had seen everything.
Morgan wanted something completely different than she had seen before. One thing she did not want were common stone shapes– no round or princess cut diamonds.
Blake had so many options from metal type, center stone shape and size to personal details that only they would know about. The options were endless, but it all started with a set of sketches (see below). Blake knew Morgan was interested in a classic three-stone ring, but she was open to different designs on the shank.
One style he considered was a French-set eternity style that would have been paired with matching wedding bands (sketch #5).
In the end, he chose a platinum design with a three-stone setting (sketch #2) with a 3.02 carat marquise cut diamond center and Cadillac cut diamonds on either side. The ring features diamond accents on the gallery rails.
The unique shaped Cadillac cut diamonds in the ring were custom ordered, a service also offered by Stuller. Some jewelers choose to review stones so they can be hand-picked by the customer during an in-person design session.
Custom Created Band for Blake
Blake’s wedding band was also custom and the finish they picked is what sets it apart from others. The platinum flat comfort fit band has satin and rock finishes. It exudes style and tells the story of a guy who is both refined and strong. A smaller band with the same satin and rock finish was also made. Morgan wears it alongside her diamond wedding band.
Blake and Morgan’s proposal was simple and down to Earth. Morgan got home from work on a weekday afternoon and they were planning to go to the gym together. Blake reminded her to go out to her car to grab clothes for the gym. When she walked back in, Blake was down on one knee. Morgan now says he was so pale from nerves that she made him stand up immediately. She said yes! It turns out a workout was never going to happen. Blake had arranged family and friends to be on-hand for a dinner to celebrate. They would be married at a resort in Mexico the next year.
We’re Here For You
You can help make dreams come true just like Blake and Morgan’s with the help of Stuller’s CAD/CAM services. Start with one of our 3C Collection designs and highlight the many options to make their big day one to remember. As a Stuller customer, you can also send a sketch to our CAD/CAM team or create using CounterSketch. We offer competitive turn-around time on custom orders for your most particular customers. Don’t forget to take advantage of our guaranteed same-day shipping on in-stock items.
Stuller’s Year of the Wedding: Rescheduled Dreams Come True
We can all agree that 2020 was not the perfect year. With a global pandemic, the wedding industry certainly took a hit in every way possible – postponed weddings, held-off engagements, restricted celebrations, and more. But the fine jewelry industry has responded with new ways to help make dreams come true. We expect 2021 to be a year to remember.
According to the 2020 Brides Magazine American Wedding Study, 66% of survey respondents made the difficult decision to postpone their wedding. While some weddings might look different this year, brides are focusing on what is most important and jewelers will no doubt have a starring role in their customers’ ‘happily, ever after.’ We know you will be there for couples embarking on new, married lives and we want to be there for you. To kick things off, we are declaring 2021 as Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™.
This year is aimed at providing you with everything you need to make all your customers’ dreams come true. From top selections in our ever&ever®, 3C, and designer bridal collections to the tools, materials, and resources necessary to create a memorable custom experience, Stuller is your destination for all things wedding. Head over to Stuller.com/YearOfTheWedding to kick off this year’s celebration of love finding its way!
Our team has curated collections of classic, contemporary, and on-trend products your customers will love. Browse engagement rings, wedding bands, and stackables with the touch of a button.
We have crafted a collection of photos, videos, and other marketing materials that are free for you to use. Throughout the year, we will be uploading fresh content to assist you in your marketing efforts.
ever&ever® Selling Solution
Enjoy access to a complete bridal program featuring high-quality, completely customizable prototype rings. Becoming an authorized ever&ever® retailer will not only give you access to our best 3C customizable designs, but you also have additional monthly marketing assets at your disposal. For more information on ever&ever®, visit our website at Stuller.com/everandever.
Not only do we have a vast selection of finished jewelry for you to offer your customers, but we also have solutions that cater to your customization needs. Whether you need assistance in designing, prototyping, casting, setting, or finishing, our CAD/CAM team is ready to help you create a one-of-a-kind, custom design experience for your customers.
Much, Much More
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Cheers to 2021!
How Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services Makes Custom More Efficient
Whether it’s because you don’t have the equipment, the capacity, the know-how, or even just the desire, taking a jewelry design from your mind to something wearable can be immensely challenging. From sketch to CAD to model to cast piece and finishing, custom design is an intensive, all-hands-on-deck process.
But you don’t have to do it all by yourself — because Stuller’s CAD/CAM Services has your back and offers a variety of services for any design or manufacturing level you need.
4 Ways CAD/CAM Services Helps You
1. Submit a Resin/Wax Model
When you submit a wax or resin model, our team will cast the piece so that you don’t have to. Within one business day of receiving your model, we’ll get back to you with a quote.
Alternatively, if you prefer to do the 3D printing yourself, you can send us a resin to cast as a semi-polished tumbled casting.
2. Submit a CAD File
Send us your CAD file, and we’ll do the heavy lifting.
Similarly to the above, when you submit your CAD file, our team will cast the piece and grow the wax or resin as well. From there, we can manufacture it to completion.
3. Modify a Style
See a Stuller style that you like but need a modification? Through Modify a Style, you can request our CAD team make the changes to your specifications.
We can modify any Stuller design that has a CAD file, which will help you keep less live inventory in your store. You’ll receive a quote and render within 24 hours.
4. Submit a Sketch
Submit a Sketch enables you to send in an image or drawing, and our CAD team will do the work for you. Once approved, we will take care of manufacturing all in one place.
Center Stone Scan
Stuller is always working to raise the bar in creating and executing custom orders. We offer a complimentary 3D scan when you use one of our diamonds or gemstones for CAD/CAM orders. Processing orders can be done same day.
Easily Track Your Jobs
Once a project has been submitted, you can easily track the progress happening at our global headquarters. Head to the My Projects tab for a look at the progress. There, you can also resubmit jobs.
Did you know Stuller offers easy ways to organize your custom jobs and view quotes from your mobile device?
Through SMS text notifications, you can get status updates on the jobs you submit to our team. Check the boxes in the My Profile section of the CAD/CAM page to update your preferences.
The CAD/CAM team is here for you no matter the level of help you require — whether it’s designing, prototyping, casting, setting, or finishing. We work with you every step of the way, going back and forth until your vision becomes reality.
From start to finish, you can trust in our expertise and quality.