A Few Words About Price, Quality & Doing Good...
A custom made, one of a kind ring typically costs more than a mass produced ring. Yet again, you may find that having a ring a handcrafted just for you could actually cost less than a similar ‘catalogue’ or brand name item. Whatever your relative comparison, realize the key determining factor in pricing a Green Lake ring is its quality alone. Knowing this, we’re confident you’ll choose us to make your ring.
How can we do this?
Be it custom made or mass produced, most fine jewelry nowadays is designed in one place, cast in another, then sent to a 3rd or even 4th location to be set and finished. That’s a lot of middlemen! Even if produced cheaply on a massive scale, the end jewelry store or online merchant is compelled to mark them up just to pay everyone in between and hopefully make a profit. With all our work completed right here in the Seattle studio, we don’t have to play this game. We’re able to accurately quote what it will cost to make a given piece without having to inflate its price.
"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:
We only make genuine pieces
Our rings are cast in house of 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. These gimmicks are short lived, and while it could help us make a buck in the short term, 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 to look as good on your 50th wedding anniversary as it did the day you bought it.
We make each piece from scratch, not just finish them
For many jewelers who have their rings casted elsewhere, simply polishing up a rough piece constitutes their ‘custom’ offering. Our artists get started with a ring from the sketch and follow the piece all the way to delivery – they wouldn’t dream of having someone else start or finish a piece with their name on it.
The fact is, it’s increasingly rare to interact with a jeweler like Green Lake. The old world skills of hand forged filigree or hand engraving are increasingly replaced by more efficient modern techniques, yet remain matchless in appearance. Our Seattle Studio, however, continues to uphold master in these techniques – there are several amazingly talented hand engravers in the workshop alone!
We work together as a team
Each of our rings are the product of not one, but many artists all working together. As client in our Seattle studio or working with us online from afar, our process is very transparent. Customers will interact with designers, CAD modelers, wax carvers, and bench artists before their ring is realized. Working with artists and craftsmen directly is the best way we can ensure the absolute best quality.