Bespoke Design Jewellery
Custom Designed Engagement Rings
At James Porter & Son we can provide a bespoke design service for just about any piece of jewellery. Our unique history means we can source ring mounts and gemstones from all over the world and our generations of quality craftsmanship enables us to create new pieces from old and forgotten heirlooms.
Choose Your Setting
Your custom made ring can be designed in a wide range of settings from solitaire or diamond set shoulders, to contemporary claw and cluster settings. Simply choose your setting in platinum, 9ct or 18ct gold. Browse our extensive range of engagement rings for inspiration.
Select Your Gemstone
Take a look at our collection and choose a stone that matches your style. Or, If you’ve already found the perfect stone, we can match it with your chosen setting. If you need help with choosing a stone, read our guides on diamond buying and birthstones.
Tell us your ideas
There are so many different design elements to an engagement ring. Gives us a call and we’ll talk through your ideas, review your designs and provide more information on the process and cost involved. If your ideas are complex we can produce digital 3D design file which will be used for modelling.
The Crafting Process
For a completely bespoke engagement ring, the process typically works as follows:
When you have finalised your design we then create the wax model of the item from a 3D rendering or by hand. It is then created in metal through the casting process before stone set and polished for you.
Once returned, the ring is set by hand with your chosen gemstone/gemstones by one of our expert jewellers in the setting corresponding to your design.
When the ring is assembled it is then sent away to an assay office to be hallmarked which certificates the ring’s fineness, year of production and identifies the company that produced the ring with a stamp or laser engraving on the inside of the band. Find out more about hallmarking in our guide to hallmarks.
To complete the process, the ring is then engraved (if requested) and then polished by hand once more, packaged in one of our presentation boxes and either delivered to your door or available for collection in our glasgow showroom.
If diamonds aren't your style, we also hand pick our coloured gemstones for those who love a pop of colour or something more unique! We can also source coloured gemstones to match with existing jewellery items.
Director, James Porter & Son
5th Generation Porter since 1858
Frequently asked questions
How long does the bespoke design process take?
This all depends on the finished design, but on average 4-6 weeks start to finish. For ‘shaped to fit’ rings it can take around 3-4 weeks. For the more complex designs which require drawings, wax models or cad cam images we can usually provide accurate prices and timescales within a week, and will need another 5-6 weeks for the items to be crafted.
Can you remount or unmount stones from your range?
We can mount/unmount or remount stones into any setting and metal of your choosing from our entire collection. So, whatever you are looking for, we can help. If you’ve found the perfect diamond or just got your heart set on a certain setting, or even if you’ve found the perfect ring but want to swap the stone.
Can I use gemstones or diamonds that I already own?
Absolutely, using a setting or gemstones that you already own, our jewellers can assemble your bespoke piece. You’ll need to provide as much information about the stones or setting as possible or alternatively send it to us to work with.
Do you work with clients remotely?
The process is much smoother if you visit us in person to talk through your ideas however, we can work via email and telephone if you don’t live locally to our showroom in glasgow.
What if I don't know the finger size?
As part of the service we will provide ring-resizing if the ring isn’t a perfect fit. If you are particularly worried about this aspect, we have a really useful ring size guide to help you.
Can you create custom wedding/Eternity rings?
Absolutely, we have sample ranges of blank shaped rings which can be stone set in many different styles. We can also incorporate your old and unworn jewellery be melting it down and reusing where possible.
Can I reuse my old jewellery?
Yes, we can redesign older jewellery. Some sentimental or inherited items of jewellery may not be practical or wearable for modern living. So repurposing old diamonds or gemstones into a more modern and wearable item for is a great option. For this kind of request, we will need the items to go to our workshop to provide an accurate price. We aim to provide estimate costs to you within 7-10 days.
Do you require a deposit?
For bespoke and made to order items we do require a deposit before we begin the process. Our staff and designers work alongside you to provide that what we make for you is exactly what you imagined.
What is your returns policy?
If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, please contact us within 7 days of receipt to discuss your options. In store purchases are subject to 28 days exchange or credit unless goods are faulty.