Based in Melbourne, Gray Reid Gallery has been designing and making contemporary Australian made fine jewellery for over 20 years. If you are looking for custom made rings and unique handmade jewellery, you have come to the right place.
Here is a little insight into the process of having something custom made.
Don’t be shy, get in touch!
Either through the website contact page, Instagram or via email or phone is best.
Have an idea? Great! Don’t have an idea? No problem!
All it takes is a consultation to discuss your requirements or a few emails to get the designs and ideas flowing. Our trained jewellery designers and gemologists promise to make the handmade jewellery process easy for you. We have a great number of images and visual cues to help you imagine the final product, even if you’ve never been one of those ‘visual’ people. We are here to guide you through the process of designing custom made rings with sketches and explaining technical terms and processes so it’s not too obscure. Often more design ideas are borne out of these engagements so it’s in our best interests to be challenged to design in this way, an example of hand sketched designs, with colour applied.
Want to see before you commit?
We can’t magically make the piece appear if it’s a bespoke custom design, but we can almost always get the stones (if applicable) on hand for you to view and select from before you make the purchase.
How does that work when you are in a different location you might ask?
Luckily, you don’t have to be in the Melbourne area to see our handmade jewellery. We can send through videos & images taken under different lighting conditions, drawing to scale, and even photoshopping the stones directly onto the sketch.
We also have access to some of the best stone cutters in Australia and we can source some of the finest gem material we have both here in Australia and internationally. All of our gemstones and precious metals are ethically sourced.
Have a budget in mind? Tell us, we can work with that.
Don’t be hesitant, everyone has an idea of what they can afford. We offer custom made rings and other handmade jewellery pieces that suite your budget. We have worked with many different budgets, and we can almost always work out the best possible method to achieve what it is that you might want.Bear in mind that hand crafted might not get you the “biggest” but it will get you the “best” when it comes to quality and longevity.
Don’t even know where to start with what to spend?
By all means, take some time looking around to see what’s on offer. This will help get your head around it, but don’t get overwhelmed by the options and extreme differences. Get a budget, and stick to it. We can talk you through the rest.
When do I pay?
Designing, quoting and estimates are usually free of charge. The first payment is made when both the design and quote has been confirmed, or stones have been officially selected and ordered, and then the final balance is payable upon completion of the piece. It is almost always a 50% deposit and then a 50% balance.
How long is this going to take?
A hand-crafted piece is exactly that, hand crafted with our master jewellers two hands. Sometimes it might only be around 4 weeks, sometimes 6-8 weeks if a lot of designing or custom cut stones are required, and at busier periods a little longer still. If you have a date you need it by, let us know, and we will see what is feasible. But put it this way, don’t leave it until the last minute. No one likes a stressed jeweller.
A custom made piece of jewellery is an experience. Oftentimes, you invest your ideas, sentimentality, and personal style into something that could become your most cherished and significant possession. It might be a bit scary to go through with, it might feel a bit risky even, but we promise that it’s worth it. And we will make you feel as comfortable as we can through the whole process.