Price, Quality & Doing Good Work
It's often assumed that custom jewelry costs more than mass produced. However, by doing all our work in-house and selling direct to our clients, our bespoke custom pieces are often less expensive that branded designer lines.
How can we do this?
Most fine jewelry is designed in one place, cast in another, then sent to a 3rd or even 4th location to be finished. That’s a lot of middlemen! With all our work done onsite in our Seattle studios, we keep our costs down and pass the savings to our clients.
"When Love and skill work together expect a masterpiece." - John Ruskin
There are no shortcuts to quality workmanship, no easy way to make something last a lifetime. Many jewelers can claim to be bigger, cheaper, or more ‘branded,’ but assuredly few can make good on our promise of quality. Here’s how we do it:
Our rings are created in solid noble metals; we don’t plate cheap materials with razor thin layers of gold or rhodium and pass it off to our clients as something of superior value. Simply put, the plating will eventually wear off – as will the trust our clients place in us. Instead, we employ smarter alloys to make solid gold and platinum jewelry that will look as good on your 50th wedding anniversary as it did the day you bought it.
We make each piece from scratch
Most 'designers' and 'jewelers' outsource much or all of their production. As the makers, we nuance each design beginning with the sketch and during each step of the process -we wouldn’t dream of having someone else start or finish a piece with our name on it.
The fact is, it’s increasingly rare to interact with a jeweler like Green Lake. The old world skills of hand made fine wire filigree & hand engraving have increasingly been replaced by more 'efficient' modern techniques, yet hand done work is obvious and cannot be matched by cast in place substitutes.
We work together as a team
Each of our rings are the product of not one, but many artists working together.
Our process is very transparent. You and your designer work directly with the entire team, from sketch to final polish. Working with artists and craftsmen directly is the best way to nuance all elements of your design and ensure the absolute best quality.