Saturday, May 23, 2009

New Wedding stuff!

Check out our online store for new wedding ideas! I've noticed some Echo wedding clients using their new monogram designs in tons of creative ways. Here's a gorgeous engagement ring Chad recently designed using the letters A & K - bride and groom's first initials.

They then used their monogram on their save-the-date cards in a cute rubber stamp on the envelope. I love it - and I can't wait to see what else they come up with as their plans progress!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

And on to the DIAMONDS!

Ok, so now that we've gotten our layout selected it's time to talk sparkle and bling - the diamonds! The most common design options are an all-over pave, or a cluster in the negative spaces of the monogram.

Here's an example of a pendant using the letters J, C, & M in white gold, using diamonds only as a cluster:

Here's the same design, but with all-over diamonds, and a center cluster:

And, of course, there are times when a metal-only design is requested. We can also use colored stones, and I should have an example using black diamonds to show you soon. The possibilities are virtually endless and the design process is really part of the fun. The client's input is an integral part of creating one-of-a-kind custom jewelry and we love hearing new ideas!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Let me tell you about our process...

Lately, I've been receiving a lot of questions about how we design custom monograms. So, I thought it might be fun to show you guys how we get from A to Z - no pun intended! We start, of course, with the letters to be included in the jewelry. We've utilized couples' initials, children's and grandchildren's names, even the names of pets!
Once the client selects the letters to be included, Chad goes to work. He creates several different layouts for the client to choose from and we prepare a design sheet like the ones below.

Pretty cool, huh? I'm always amazed at how different each design looks, even using the same letters. Once the client selects their layout, we begin discussing stone placement. I'll show you examples of that in my next post - stay tuned!