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 PREMIER MASTER JEWELLERS OF ST ALBANS - ESTABLISHED IN 1947 AND SITUATED IN THE HEART OF THE CITY

Exquisite Bespoke Design Engagement Rings that is both individual and timeless

 

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Bespoke Jewellery Design

Let us create a unique and original engagement ring that is both individual and timeless, for an everlasting family heirloom. Each of our conflict-free sourced diamonds are handpicked, and we recommend you choose the diamonds for your engagement ring in our store to fully appreciate the quality and exquisite beauty of each individual diamond.  You’ll also get expert advice on the perfect GIA certified diamond of your design.

Our bespoke service ensures your engagement ring can be designed based on the style you love or inspirational pictures you share with us, and crafted so you get the cut, clarity and scintillation of the diamond you choose.

We also have an extensive choice of beautiful premade Christopher Wharton engagement rings available in store.

You’ll never be disappointed with your experience at Wharton Goldsmith.

How it works...

Following an initial Bespoke Jewellery Design consultation, Chris or Sam will pull together a series of rough sketches to provide information for the next steps in the design process.

The sketches are then refined into far more detailed, accurate drawings giving consideration to different aspects of the design like dimensions, stone shape and size,and the type of setting.

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Cad Design

Whilst we favour traditional technique, we also utilise the latest in modern technology.  To make designs come to life as perfectly as possible we use Computer Aided Design.

When details are finalised a wax prototype is created. This allows you to get a proper feel for the piece and allows us to further adjust and modify the look in three dimensional form.

Once the prototype has passed our strict quality guidelines, the design is brought to life in your chosen material. The stones are set and the piece is polished.

Step 1 - Discovery & Inspiration

  • Discovery & Inspiration Consultation – we’ll help you explore the options and discover styles, materials and ideas that you’ll love. We love to do this at our St Albans showroom and workshop where we can meet you face to face and show you examples of our designs and stones – and you may even have your own jewellery, pictures or sketches that you want to share with us. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to our showroom - we can always carry out the initial consultation over the phone or on a video call.
  • Making it Personal – jewellery is such a personal thing, so it’s no surprise that many of our bespoke pieces have a story behind them. It might be a personalized engagement ring that reminds you of your first holiday as a couple; a bespoke wedding ring design that reflects a shared passion; or a bespoke eternity ring piece that repurposes a family heirloom. Whatever your story we’d love to hear it, and it will give us the background and inspiration to create a ring that’s unique and personalized to you.
  • Bringing it all together – it all has to be right: the materials; the concept; the budget – at this stage we’ll agree a brief to make sure we fully understand what you want from your bespoke ring, and we’ll give you all the help and expert advice you need to make sure it is perfect for you.
  • Design Deposit – at this stage we will take a deposit (normally £100) to cover the cost and time involved in the next step – the Design Process. This deposit is taken off the total final cost of your bespoke piece should you choose to go ahead.

Step 2 - The Design Process

  • Creating the CAD design  – our Master Jewellery Designers Christopher & Sam Wharton will produce a preliminary sketch, incorporating your input from the discovery stage, your personal preferences, and of course your budget. We’ll then email the design to you along with a quote to make and arrange a time to discuss it with you.
  • Refine the design – at this stage you get a further opportunity for feedback or to consider alternative options, and we’ll discuss and agree any refinements with you. Once you’re happy with the design we move on to the final stage of the design process…
  • The Wax model – From the CAD design a wax model will be created – the blueprint which our craftsmen will use to bring your piece to life. At this stage we’ll also confirm the total cost of the piece and ask you for a further down-payment to start work on the actual piece.

Step 3 - The Creation/Making Process

  • Material Selection & Provenance – depending on what materials and gemstones you have selected we will either select materials from our stocks or – if required - go and source the materials specifically for your piece.
  • Bringing it to life – our master craftsmen make your design a reality in our St Albans workshop.

Step 4 - The Finished Ring

  • Presentation – we can either send you the final piece, beautifully gift-wrapped, of course, or you can collect it (with or without the intended recipient) and see it for the first time in our showroom and celebrate your unique ring with a glass of Champagne.

 

THE ONLY UK STOCKIST OF CRISSCUT®

The L’Amour Crisscut® Oval is designed to be up to 35% larger than a generic oval of the same size. This patented, expertly designed, cut provides a brighter, whiter appearance with no pesky bowtie that is commonly found in generic oval diamonds. View our beautiful collection of L'amour Crisscut® Oval engagement rings

 

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MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE

We'll help you explore the options, discover styles, materials and ideas that you'll love to create your dream piece.

Our passion is ingrained and we do this all our St Albans showroom and workshops where we meet you face to face and show you examples of our designs and stones - and you may even have your own jewellery, sketches and ideas you want to share with us.

Have you browsed through countless jewellery stores and still not found the perfect engagement ring for your partner? Are you endlessly searching for a necklace that will show your loved one just how much you care? For those once in a lifetime occasions, for those extra special people in your life, off the shelf just won’t do.

Wharton Goldsmith is a premier master jeweller and we specialise in creating exquisite bespoke design pieces. It’s a craft we’ve been practising for over 70 years and today that craft is in the hands of our experienced designers, Christopher Wharton and son Sam.

 

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MARCO BICEGO

The L’Amour Crisscut® Oval is designed to be up to 35% larger than a generic oval of the same size. This patented, expertly designed, cut provides a brighter, whiter appearance with no pesky bowtie that is commonly found in generic oval diamonds. View our beautiful collection of L'amour Crisscut® Oval engagement rings

 

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GEORG JENSEN

We are proud to have the largest selection of Georg Jensen Jewellery outside of London.

If you are in St Albans Hertfordshire, do pay us a visit and browse our beautiful Georg Jensen Jewellery suite. Georg Jensen’s sleek scandinavian elegance captures many hearts. From tokens to statement pieces, for both Men and Women, its effortless style and sophistication is fluid throughout. With each season comes fresh and innovative collections such as Offspring, Fusion, Mercy and Infinity.

Browse the full collection of Sterling Silver and 18ct Gold pieces at Wharton Goldsmiths.

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