Frequently Asked Questions
If you have a specific vision, please share it! Draw it, sketch it, screenshot it. Cat will bring her design knowledge and creativity to assist your idea to become a reality.
We love working with a concept, an existing engagement ring or other “parameters”. Feel free to email images to email@example.com prior to your workshop or book a 30 minute consultation to discuss your ideas.
Cat has a vast gemstone library in the studio, an online gem library network of diamond dealers in New York and LA, and relationships with individuals from around the world who ethically source opals, emeralds, sapphires and more from places like Australia and Ethiopia.
We are happy to evolve your design. Cat and our team of jewelers will adjust your wax, resize it, add a gemstone or any other customizations prior to ring goes to casting. Our studio design rate is $120 per hour, billed on 30-minute segments, $60/30 minutes or $120/60 minutes.
How It Works:
- Cat will evaluate the waxes we’ve created together.
- An estimate will be emailed directly to you with details about wax shaping, forming, gemstone setting. To request an estimate with details you already have in mind, please fill out the form below
- Cat can schedule a Zoom call to approve the final designs, if the client would like to do so. Payment invoice will be sent.
- Production complete: Cast in metals, set stones, finish.
- Ship to you!
When you booked your wedding ring carve, you paid a Workshop Fee for the class materials, wax carving lesson and physical time and space spend with Cat while she taught.
After we design your rings, your waxes will be weighed. You’ll select your metal type, your gemstones and your casting and production costs are calculated , Additional studio time fees may apply.
The process is the lost wax casting process
Your custom VOW carving experience is a one-on-two creative time where we discuss the vision for jewelry that begins together. (This varies from the general class which includes other carvers and is a less personalized experience).
The workshop fee is valued at $345.00 and includes all materials, workshop time and learned techniques and skills to carve wax during the time we're together carving.
Your workshop fee is $345.00 per person. The cost of the workshop experience includes the realization of the *wax version* of your wedding rings. Once your ring is carved, you will select 14K or 18K yellow gold or solid 925 Sterling Silver and pay additional monies.
We will weigh your wax, calculate that weight in your selected metal and arrive at your final cost.
Workshop Fee + Cost of Metal + Gemstones + Studio Work Fee = Total price for your ring
The Studio Work Fee is $120 hour where Cat will work on your wax, as approved by our client
Hers: A beautiful domed 14k Yellow ring with three 2.2 MM diamond gemstones: $2900.00 We would apply you $400 materials credit, and your final solid yellow gold + gemstone ring cost is $2500.00.
His: James' white gold ring with a custom carved Claddagh design detail added by Cat: $1550 We will apply his $400 materials credit, and his final white gold ring cost $1100.
Yes. Depending on your metal selection: silver, gold or platinum. The additional cost is based on the weight of your ring in your desired metal type.
We are able to build a smaller ring that weighs less in your design. Please communicate your budget and we’ll target a size and scale of ring design that is doable.
If one decides to set a stone, that is their option. If you chose to create a simple band without any gems, that is fine.
As with everything in my experience, it's an option; Your had the option to "dig" indentations and did not. Once the rings are cast, stones get set. In short, setting happens later.
No, you’ll leave your wax with Cat so she may start the production process to turn your wax into a metal ring. Your finished final wedding ring will arrive 4-6 weeks after your carve.
Sometimes people create their rings quickly.. Initially, we will discuss the design of the ring, the weight, the gems and the metal type. If your ring is carved quickly…congratulations! I am there to help you create your ring in any hands-on way you may request.
We did not use very simple tools: sandpaper, carving tools, an stainless steel scraper tool, an exacto blade and a votive candle. All the the tools available will be out on the table. Often times, the majority of the time is spent sanding and shaping using sandpapers.