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Old 07-11-2016, 05:41 AM
 
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Has anyone ever had custom jewelry (specifically remaking/ copying a current piece) made?

Looking for recommendations from direct experience only (yes, I, too, hear the Dominion Jewelers commercials). I have a jeweler I trust, but at this price point, I feel I should get some other quotes, too. I'd like to hear from people completely satisfied with their pieces.

Thanks!
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:26 PM
 
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We've made several purchases from Dominion, including custom-designed from scratch. The pieces we've purchased from them appraised (by independent appraisers) at much higher value than the purchase price.
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:38 PM
 
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Try Quest Jewelers in Fairfax, had a ring made there and it turned out really nice, reasonable pricing as well.
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Old 07-13-2016, 06:53 PM
 
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We've made several purchases from Dominion, including custom-designed from scratch. The pieces we've purchased from them appraised (by independent appraisers) at much higher value than the purchase price.
It's pretty typical for jewelry appraisals to be inflated. I don't know why--maybe because jewelry purchases are not usually financed (unlike houses) and it makes buyers happy to hear they got a "bargain." Until they try to resell the jewelry ...
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:24 PM
 
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It's pretty typical for jewelry appraisals to be inflated. I don't know why--maybe because jewelry purchases are not usually financed (unlike houses) and it makes buyers happy to hear they got a "bargain." Until they try to resell the jewelry ...
That's typically the case. In our case, We used an independent appraiser in another city, and didn't disclose the origin of the piece until after receiving the appraisal.
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Old 07-14-2016, 11:10 AM
 
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Lambros in Annandale is great!
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Old 08-06-2016, 01:41 PM
 
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First, thanks for all of the recommendations.

Obtained a few quotes, and Dominion Jewelers was, by far, the least expensive. The process of approving the custom piece was great and easy. I picked up the ring today and it is exactly what I wanted. IMO, I highly recommend.
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