Hands up: who’s sneaking a peek at STG while waiting to get engaged? If that’s you, we’ve got something really special today – a brand new, 21st-century way of making the engagement ring of your dreams a reality.
The CAD Difference
When mega-talented London-based GIA-qualified jewelry designer Charlotte Leigh got engaged herself, she had a vision of what she wanted for her engagement ring – but working with a jeweler to turn her vision into reality proved trickier than she’d expected. Frustrated and feeling like there had to be a better way, she merged her tech know-how with her love for design and came up with a foolproof system using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and 3D printing to make sure every bride ends up with the ring of her dreams – no disappointments, no surprises, just a one-of-a-kind piece you’ll never want to take off.
But if your proposal’s already a thing of the past, don’t stop reading – Lottie Leigh also works with couples to create the wedding bands of their dreams (or any other special piece of jewlery, for that matter – necklace, bracelet, earrings, you name it), and if you’ve got any unloved heirloom jewelry tucked away in your drawers she’s got a fantastic jewelry remodeling service to turn those stones into something 100% you, using the same up-to-the-minute CAD approach to make sure your new piece turns out exactly the way you envision it.
Read on to find out exactly how Lottie Leigh works, what sets her process apart, and how you can get started on a journey to create the jewelry of your dreams!
The Forever Yours Journey
If you’re looking to create an engagement ring that’s thoroughly, completely you – whether together as a couple or as a surprise for your beloved – let Lottie Leigh take you on the journey of a lifetime.
The Forever Yours Journey is Lottie Leigh’s four-step path to your perfect engagement ring – and what really sets it apart is the fact that, before committing to your final design, you’ll get an actual 3D-printed model of your ring to try on. This ensures that it’s exactly as you imagined and gives you a chance to make any changes before the real one is made – so you can be sure the finished product will be exactly the way you want it, no disappointments! And no worries if you’re not based in London – the whole process can be done remotely.
Unless you’ve already got stones you’d like to incorporate into your engagement ring, the journey begins the Diamond Discovery meeting, where you and Charlotte will work together to select your perfect diamonds or gems. Working within your budget, she’ll ensure you get the very best value for your money. Each diamond is GIA-certified and come with its own unique serial number that can be traced on the GIA database, which ensures all diamonds are conflict-free and ethically sourced – and that you know the exact grade you’re getting. The Diamond Discovery meeting can take place either face to face in a Covid-secure environment, or remotely via Zoom.
The Dream Meeting
Next, you’ll meet with Charlotte (either in person or via Zoom) to explore your ideas and inspiration. You’ll chat about your preferences and style, and you’ll view and choose from a selection of stone settings, precious metals, and design styles. By the end of the meeting, together you and Charlotte will have developed a brief for the ring of your dreams.
A Lottie Leigh ring remodel: Charlotte transformed the ring above into the beautiful engagement ring and wedding band shown below!
Then it’s time for Charlotte to get creative – she’ll start with lots of ideas and sketches, before developing the design using CAD (computer-aided design). You’ll receive a 360-degree image of your ring that will bring it to life for you. She’ll make any changes you like to the design before moving on to the next step…
Next, Charlotte will make a 3D-printed model of your ring, place your diamond (or gem of choice) into it, and hand it off to you to try on! These models are so realistic that most people can’t believe they’re not the real thing – and, of course, once you’ve experienced wearing your model, you’ll be able to determine if there are any last tweaks you’d like Charlotte to make to the design. This step really sets Lottie Leigh apart – there’s nothing like an actual, wearable, 3-D model to give you the kind of confidence you’ll never get from a 2-D sketch.
Lottie Leigh’s CAD Design Process
The Final Piece
Once you’re 100% satisfied with your model and all signed off on your design, the final piece is created and hand-finished by some of the best craftspeople in the industry, and then given some finishing touches by Charlotte herself. Once it’s absolutely perfect, she’ll hand it off to you, ready to wear and love for the rest of your life!
Begin Your Journey
If you’re ready to embark on the journey to the engagement ring, wedding band, or perhaps even milestone anniversary piece of your dreams – or if you’re a ways past your wedding and looking to update your engagement ring to reflect the way your personal style has evolved over the years – get in touch with Charlotte to schedule your complimentary phone consultation.
She’d love to chat with you about your vision and budget, and talk through how her process and payment options could work for your unique needs.