Q&A: Can you make this in gold?
For my first question and answer blog post I want to answer the question I get most often:
"Can you make this in gold?"
It doesn't seem to matter if gold is the hottest trend or not on anyone's radar, I get asked this all the time and I LOVE IT. When you ask me if I can make a piece you see on my website in gold, I'm going to have a few questions for you:
How much were you hoping to spend?
Do you want this piece larger, smaller, thicker, thinner than the one you saw on my website?
I only work with 18k yellow gold, is that ok?
Do you have a time frame for this job?
Then I get to work. I measure and weigh the original, I make a list of the materials I'll need and the number of hours the job will take and then I feed it all into a spreadsheet to get a price for you. And the price...it's usually SHOCKING so be prepared. At the time of this writing, silver is $21 per ounce and gold is over $1800. It's obviously a big difference.18K yellow gold is 75% pure gold while 14k gold is about 50% gold. That's a dramatic price difference but it's SO worth it.
18K gold is a deep yellow that stands out in a striking way. It looks incredible with sterling silver, particularly when the silver is oxidized. It's a wonderful investment that never really goes out of style. If you were kind enough to give me a budget when I asked before I gave you the quote and the piece is far out of your price range, there are modifications I can make to keep the project in line with your budget:
I can make part of the piece in gold and part in silver
I can make the piece smaller or thinner
I can change the design so less material or labor is involved
I can put you on a payment plan like Affirm or ShopPay so you make several smaller payments while getting your jewelry up front
So, if you have read this far, thank you! Gold is a great investment and, if chosen well, will never go out of style and will look great on you for the rest of your life!
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