Work with our Designer
Meet Laurel Hill
If you’re considering a custom wedding or engagement ring, Laurel can help. In 2018 she became a certified jewelry designer using Rhino Gold, a CAD program designed specifically for jewelers.
From her workshop on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada Laurel has helped customers design one-of-a-kind jewelry of all styles: Pendants, earrings, and rings alike.
“The role of the designer is that of a good, thoughtful host anticipating the needs of his guests.”
- Charles Eames
Let's Work Together
I’d love to help you design your perfect piece – whether you have the whole idea already mapped out, or just the tiniest inkling of what it might be.
We can work together to design a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that tells your story. And the best part is, we can collaborate from anywhere around the world.
My first love is to create wedding and engagement ring designs by mixing precious metals, wood, and gemstones together. But I’m happy to consider any material or jewelry piece you’ve had your eye on.
Why Choose to Work with Me?
I pride myself on making custom jewelry design affordable, fun, and easy.
Being skilled in both jewelry design and wood working (along with a lifelong love of getting my hands dirty in any and all diy projects), means I have a unique ability and access to tools and design techniques that most jewelers or woodworkers alone won’t have.
Together we can utilize all the modern tools and best of craftsmanship to bring your design to life.
I believe that great design starts with closely listening and understanding my client. Not just looking at the design they want and jumping in, but thoroughly understanding the reason behind the design.
From Sketch to Reality
Although both Allan and I love the handcrafted quality of bentwood rings, sometimes the wonders of technology are a welcome addition.
In 2018, along with my certification in Computer Aided Jewelry Design, Northwood added a 3D wax printer to our toolbox.
This printer can replicate my computer designed jewelry in very fine detail in wax, ready to be cast in gold for a unique and perfectly sized ring.
Taking advantage of the perfect replication, I can now help customers from a simple sketch all the way to a final, finished piece.
frequently asked questions:
I am happy to work with customers on any jewelry design but this service is meant for those looking to have a completely custom computer aided design created. If you’re looking to make modifications to one of our already existing styles please see ‘Customizing my Ring‘.
If you are looking to have a fully customized jewelry piece made, whether that’s a ring, pendant, earrings or any other item, you’re in the right place.
In cases where I feel that Northwood may not be the right company to create your design due to elements I feel would be better handled by a larger firm, I can still help you design your piece and collaborate with a jewelry house to have it made for you.
I can work from inspiration pictures to help you create your perfect ring, but for ethical reasons I will not recreate another jewelers/designers work exactly as they have designed it.
You’ll be working with me, Laurel Hill. I will answer your initial questions by email, and if you’d like to move ahead with a custom design I’ll have you place a deposit. Once the deposit is paid we’ll be working together exclusively up until the final decisions are made.
After your ring is in production I will have our office team take over for life-long care of your ring.
We charge an initial deposit of $250 USD to begin working together on your design. This deposit is non-refundable unless I decide that I cannot make your ring within the budget and specifications you have. Once design work has been started the deposit cannot be refunded.
The cost of your ring, and your budget, will be discussed in our initial meeting. While I cannot quote an exact price this early, we can decide on a target price and I will design within that price point. Costs will depend on labor, material and complexity of design.
I will always respect my customer’s budget. If you give me a number I will let you know if I cannot design your desired ring within that target.
My goal is to design a quality custom ring for a fair price.
We’ll meet from wherever and however you’re most comfortable. Initially we’ll discuss plans by email, and as we get closer to the design we can talk via phone, video chat or whatever option is best for you to finalize those little details.
We also have a shop in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia where customers are welcome to meet with us if they are in our area.
Great design takes time. From our initial email to the final product I would recommend having at least 12 weeks, though more complicated designs can take longer. We’ll discuss your own timeline in our initial emails.
If you don’t have at least 12 weeks it may be best to consider going with an already designed style or something that only needs a few modifications.
I would love to work on every design that comes my way, but there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day. My non-refundable deposit ensures I’m only working with customers that are serious about moving forward with their custom design. It also means that I have the time to really create something special for them.
Between our discussions, the rendered images and sketches, and all of the details that are handled before we even begin making your ring there shouldn’t be any doubt about whether you’ll love your design or not.
However, since custom work is so personal we cannot accept returns on custom products. We’ll discuss your own unique situation as it pertains to your design in the initial meetings.
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