Humans have been making jewellery for thousands of years, moving from simple bead making to skillful work with precious metals, gems and diamonds. Choice of what to adorn ourselves with comes from within, from a lifetime of experiences. It’s personal and is an expression of who you are. For some this means designing their own unique piece of jewellery, whether an engagement ring or a piece to celebrate the birth of a child or significant birthday.
Here at Utopian Creations we are a bespoke jewellery specialists and it has been the mainstay of our business for over 13 years. Sketching forms a solid basis but our designers are also skilled in the traditional art of painting and 3D computer rendering. This wide ranging skill set enables us to develop your thoughts and dreams, bringing them to life before your eyes even before a hammer is struck.
One hour complimentary consultation
If you are able to make it in person to our store we will sit at our design table and go through ideas you may have for your special piece. We have a large collection of ethically sourced gems and diamonds in-store and the consultation will give us a chance to look through our collection and give you some information on the different options available.
If you live interstate, overseas or just find it difficult to make it into our store the consultation can easily be conducted via email. In our early years of business we were online only and all of our consultations were conducted in this manner. We are therefore very experienced in asking the right questions and providing concise information and excellent photographs/video.
Hourly design rate
We provide an hourly design rate of $220. Our qualified jewellery designers can help if you have a specific request or perhaps need an alteration to an existing design. A simple alteration may only take half an hour.
During your complimentary hour consultation your jewellery designer will take notes and within a week of the consultation will email you a quote for your Design package. Our design packages are priced specifically for your requirements and include sourcing of materials and everything needed to produce a quality design so an accurate quote for your piece can be provided. In most cases our staff will spend many hours on your design, the design package works out at a far more favorable rate than simply paying our hourly rate.
Design package example
Australian sapphire and diamond engagement ring
Sourcing of a suitable Australian sapphire, we would hope to have three or four for you to choose from.
Matching pair of diamonds, different qualities, cuts, prices and ethical options provided
5-8 sketched design options
1-3 partially or fully developed designs
1 finalized 2D design if the piece is to be handmade
1 finalized 3D design if the piece is to be 3D printed/cast
3D design (this is included in the cast ring option) $250
Photographic record of production $200
Further changes or alterations to design outside of standard design package charged @$220/hour
Cad Design, 3D printing and casting
3D printing and casting - Further reading
There has been a lot of talk about 3D printing over the last ten years. For many manufacturing industries it has had some impact in production, for the jewellery industry is has been revolutionary. Metal casting for jewellery was first perfected in the Middle East up to 5000 years ago. The Lost wax technique was used and in principal the same basic ideas are used today. Historically the model would be made from beeswax, this would then be covered with a heat resistant material like clay. A small hole would be left and the whole item would be gently heated, and the bees wax drained out. Molten metal could then be poured into the mould. This type of mould could only be used once as it had to be broken to remove the metal object.
For thousands of years this technique has been slowly evolving but until 20 years ago if a custom cast item was to be made a wax piece would still need to be hand carved first. This is where 3D design and 3D printing have combined with modern computer-controlled casting techniques to produce a far superior product. In the past cast metal was far less dense and often suffered from porosity, or small holes in the metal, both issues caused weakness. The newest technology is changing the way jewellery is made. It’s generally faster, more accurate and cheaper to produce than handmade and now the quality has risen to such an extent that we offer the same lifetime manufacturing guarantee against manufacturing faults as we do for our handmade jewellery. All cast pieces are hand assembled and finished by skilled jewellers and carefully checked before a final hand polish.