A: The pricing for any custom jewelry is based on these 3 factors:
1. The number of stones; the more total stones, the more setting work needs to be done to complete a jewelry piece, so this number will influence the price of your custom CZ jewelry piece purchased from CubicZirconia.com. Professional craftsmen stone-setters on our team will hand set each stone in your custom-designed jewelry piece. Yes, skilled artisan labor from experienced jewelers is needed to achieve a consistent high quality for stone-setting in the custom "from scratch" non-mass-manufactured jewelry pieces created by CubicZirconia.com in order for your purchase to be backed by our Lifetime Warranty. Designs that call for only one or a few stones such as solitaire, three-stone, five-stone, seven-stone-- and similar designs with zero or a small number of accent stones-- are significantly less labor-intensive than designs with more accent stones. Therefore, you can thus expect to pay less for simple custom cubic zirconia jewelry designs that have fewer stones.
The more costly designs in custom jewelry are those with many stones such as eternity bands, pavé and micropavé rings, or halo jewelry and rings, which are all popular jewelry styles containing dozens or even hundreds of individual accent stones requiring precision setting by hand.
Little Known Jewelry Shopper's Tip: Unlike with natural diamond accents that when marked up by the seller can add thousands of dollars to the retail price of your finished diamond jewelry piece, our actual cost for making cubic zirconia stones is inexpensive and we pass those savings along to our customers. Even the highest-grade 5A cubic zirconia, visually indistinguishable from diamond, is cheap for us to make in the volume needed for our CubicZirconia.com business. Therefore, actual cubic zirconia stone "hard costs" add very little to the overall price you'll pay for a finished piece of our CZ jewelry. In fact, we shake our heads that we have competitors that charge TEN (10) to FIFTY (50) times the price we do for 5A loose cubic zirconia stones. The real thing to be aware of in your custom jewelry piece is the number of stones, because the labor cost of setting gemstones into jewelry is the same for any custom jeweler-- regardless of what kind of stone is being set (diamond, cubic zirconia, sapphire, or other).
2. The precious metal and its weight; the heavier your jewelry piece, the more material we’ll need and therefore, the more costly it will be to make for you. Both the precious metal chosen for manufacturing and the expected thickness of the jewelry piece, as well as its resulting metal weight, will influence the price of your custom CZ jewelry piece purchased from CubicZirconia.com.
Here are the precious metals we use to manufacture our high-quality cubic zirconia jewelry: .925 Sterling Silver, 10 karat Gold, 14 karat Gold, 18 karat Gold, Palladium, and pure 950 Platinum. On the budget Sterling Silver end of the precious metals spectrum, metal weight affects the price you'll pay much less than on the premium Platinum end of the spectrum. Why? Some customers of ours that research the jewelry industry before purchasing may have learned that the wholesale metal market prices paid by volume purchasers like our company for silver, gold, palladium and platinum metals change regularly--even on a daily basis. However, the periodic fluctuations are smaller for sterling silver than platinum because the base cost for silver is significantly smaller (for example as of this writing in August 2015, platinum costs 65 times as much money per troy ounce as sterling silver!).
If you've done that kind of research, then you're among these savvy customers we hope will recognize integrity when they see it! That's because at our company we strive to take those metal cost fluctuations into account, passing along our "hard cost savings" to customers on the retail prices we ask them to pay when appropriate-- especially if our metals costs change significantly from the time we provide you a custom jewelry price quote and the future date of your actual purchase of that quoted piece.
We don't feel it's fair for jewelry retailers to take advantage of customers by charging too much for gold (which for example as of this writing August 2015 has fallen in wholesale cost from $1600 to $1100 U.S. dollars per troy ounce in less than a year, a difference of 31 percent!) or other precious metal jewelry by basing the retailer's prices off of out-dated wholesale costs. In fact, we have invested in e-commerce technology so that many of the prices on our website for pre-manufactured, non-custom jewelry styles can change daily a few pennies or dollars up or down reflecting those changes in our costs accounted for by swings in the metal markets. To our knowledge, very few (if any) of our on-line competitors provide this courtesy to their customers, which can account in instances where we know customers of other on-line jewelry companies ultimately paid 20-30% higher 2014 metal-cost-based-prices for jewelry purchased in 2015. That just isn't fair to the customer, is it?
Little Known Jewelry Shopper's Tip: If you're making an expensive jewelry purchase in gold, palladium, or platinum...check the retailer's website a few times over the course of a month or so and see if the price changes regularly. If it doesn't, and metal market prices have fallen, in our opinion you're being asked to pay too much! While all purchase prices transacted on our website are final, if you are trying to time your purchase with falling metal markets rates and notice a product on our website over the course of a few weeks that isn't getting cheaper for some reason, please let us know. We do have some products that don't change prices on-line automatically with our technology; simply call us toll-free at U.S. 1-888-355-2484 for an updated price on your custom item and we'll change the price manually, reflecting savings from any reduction in our metal markets costs, and get the item ready for you to purchase at the lower price. Fair enough?
3. The complexity of the design; the more complex and intricate your jewelry piece, the more specialized expertise and labor we’ll need to employ to create it and therefore, the more costly it will be to make for you. Whether the design is more simple or complex will greatly influence the price of your custom CZ jewelry piece purchased from CubicZirconia.com. The most complex designs are more intricate and as a result more time consuming for our computer jewelry design team to create the initial 3-D digital CAD image that is the first step in any modern jewelry manufacturing process. This CAD design is the 3D digital image rendering we provide our custom jewelry customers when we ask for feedback and final approval prior to our manufacturing the piece within precious metal.
Even with a relatively simple design, the CAD design and cost to make the first jewelry mold is the main factor that will differentiate a custom replica designed for the very first time "from scratch" from even a very similar pre-manufactured style that may have already been duplicated many times. Examples of common jewelry features that increase the complexity of a design (and thus are likely to increase the price) include-- but are not limited to-- these features:
- over-sized or 'ultra-wide' bands
- detailed filigree
- non-traditional split bands such as 'criss-cross' style bands
- asymmetrical "free-form" and/or unique artisan-style jewelry pieces
- twisted and braided bands
- "lattice-style" engagement rings
- most class rings
- antique-style jewelry meant to give the vintage feel
- pieces of jewelry with detailed custom artwork stylized into the piece
If you receive a quote for custom cubic zirconia jewelry from us and want to know more about which factors most increase the price you were quoted, just ask! There's usually a way to modify designs conservatively to reduce the complexity and therefore make it less costly to manufacture.
Now that you understand the 3 factors that most closely correlate with the price quote you'll receive when submitting your custom CZ jewelry design request, it should be easy to see which designs will cost in the lower of our published price ranges and which in the higher.
For example, a solitaire (i.e. one-stone) ring made of .925 sterling silver that has no complex design elements as listed above would fit that lower range of published pricing for sure! At the other end of the spectrum you'd expect to pay significantly more for a custom engagement ring made of pure 950 platinum-- the most expensive precious metal in which we manufacture jewelry-- featuring complex design elements like detailed hand-engraving and vintage-style filigree, a thick "ultra-wide" split band in a "criss-cross" style, and a large number of accent stones making up a double-halo with two encircling rows of accent stones around the center stone as well as a pavé band that may have 50, 100, 150, or even more small individually-set accent stones. And pretty much every custom ring request we receive will be between those two extremes!
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