"We approach design in a very personal way. We casually converse with our guests and make an effort to make them feel at ease talking about things that are not related to jewelry. This helps me get a feel for what they like and dislike as well as the direction of their style. After our initial conversation, we start determining things like colors, materials, and budget. This is when I start brainstorming and create three polar different computer renderings of what I think the design could be. Usually most clients tend to lean towards a particular style out of the three, or in some cases a combination of two of them. Once the style is chosen, we start detailing the design by adding or removing elements such as the center stone. Once we are happy with the design, we use our 3D printer to print out the model. This takes anywhere between 4 to 8 hours depending on the complexity of the design. This 3D printed model allows us to see the scale and proportions as they will be in the final piece. It is probably the most important part before finalizing the process prior to starting the work in metal. Then we prepare the final 3D model for casting. Once the piece is cast in the metal of choice, the bench work starts: filing, detailing, laser correction, setting of stones, and polishing. All of which is done right here in our studio." - Marco Jr.