Price, Quality & Doing Good Work
It's often assumed that custom jewelry costs more than mass produced. However, most "Designer Brands" are marked up so much that our custom pieces are often less expensive that mass produced branded lines.
How can we do this?
Be it custom made or mass produced, most fine jewelry 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 with rent to pay! 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:
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 production outsourced, 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 The old world skills of hand made fine wire filigree & hand engraving have increasingly been replaced by more 'efficient' modern techniques, yet hand done work is obvious and cannot be matched by cast in place substitutes.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. Whether in our Seattle area studios or working with us online, 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, under the same roof, is the best way to nuance all elements of your design and ensure the absolute best quality.