Looking to personalize a gift for someone special? Wanting to turn a family heirloom into a modern piece you'll love wearing? Barry specializes in custom, handmade jewelry! Give us a little direction in what you're trying to create, and book your consultation with Barry online today.
No idea where to start designing? Here are a few questions you should prepare yourself to answer... (feel free to use our Glossary of Jewelry Terms to help guide you).
1. What type of jewelry do you want to create? (Necklace, Earring, Bracelet, Belly Ring, etc.)
2. What type of metal would you like us to use? (Platinum; Yellow, Rose or White Gold; 14k or 18k; Sterling Silver)
3. What type and size of stones would you like to use? (Diamond, Emerald, Citrine; 0.5ct, 2.0ct, 0.05ct, etc.)
4. What will this piece of jewelry mean to you or the person you're giving it to? (romantic love, family history, fashion statement)
Glossary of Jewelry Terms
KT: (Karat) refers to the fineness of gold: one karat is equal to 1/24th part of pure gold in an alloy.
18KTY: 18 Karat Yellow Gold 18KTW: 18 Karat White Gold 18KTR: 18 Karat Rose Gold 14KTY: 14 Karat Yellow Gold 14KTW: 14 Karat White Gold 14KTR: 14 Karat Rose Gold
CT: (Carat) a unit of mass used in the jewelry industry to describe the weight of diamonds and other gemstones.One carat (CT) is equal to 200 milligrams or 0.2 grams.
CTW: (Total Carat Weight) The term refers to the sum of the weights of all diamonds mounted in a piece of jewelry.
SHANK: refers to the band of the ring or the part that actually encircles your finger. Most shanks are round, but there are also square shaped-shanks and other more creative shapes.
GIA Color Grading Scale: The GIA scale begins with the letter D, representing colorlessness, and continues with increasing presence of color to the letter Z, representing light yellow, light brown or light gray. The 23 color grades on the GIA Color Scale (or diamond color chart) are subdivided into five subcategories, which are: colorless (D-F); near colorless (G-J); faint (K-M); very light (N-R); and light (S-Z).
GIA Diamond Clarity Scale: The GIA Diamond Clarity Scale has 6 categories, some of which are divided, for a total of 11 specific grades.
Flawless (FL)No inclusions and no blemishes visible under 10x magnification
Internally Flawless (IF)No inclusions visible under 10x magnification
Very, Very Slightly Included(VVS1andVVS2)Inclusions so slight they are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
Very Slightly Included (VS1andVS2)Inclusions are observed with effort under 10x magnification, but can be characterized as minor
Slightly Included (SI1andSI2)Inclusions are noticeable under 10x magnification
Included (I1,I2, andI3)Inclusions are obvious under 10x magnification which may affect transparency and brilliance