Have it your way! Semi-custom jewelry by Hileman Silver Jewelry

You have scoured the internet and local jewelry stores looking for that perfect piece of jewelry but just can’t quite seem to find it.  Working with a jeweler to create a “custom” piece of jewelry might seem like too daunting of a task.  The extra time involved and costs incurred to create a custom piece may also be prohibitive if you are short on time or on a limited budget.  What if you could get involved in the design process of your jewelry by  selecting the color of the inlay stones used, as well as the arrangement of the stones, to create a semi-custom piece of jewelry just for you at no additional charge?   Hileman Silver Jewelry will work with you to do just that.  We will guide you through the design process and advise you on which stones are appropriate for your chosen casting style and if any of the stones selected are an upgrade.

All of our sterling silver jewelry is easily customized to our customer’s inlay color choices or arrangement.  Every style ring, pendant, bracelet or earring casting is a blank canvas with almost unlimited choices of colored stones to inlay in the combination of your choice.  If the jewelry piece has a faceted gemstone to accent the inlay and you want to change the color scheme, a different color stone of equal value may be substituted for the original.  Additional charges are only charged if the accent stone or the inlay material is an upgrade to a more expensive stone.

You might notice our style numbers on some of our jewelry descriptions.  The style numbers only designate the casting/mounting used and not the inlay material used or its arrangement.  Here are some examples of our gent’s ring style “M200” and the different inlay color combinations we have done recently.  As you can see the look and feel of the ring changes dramatically with the inlay color and pattern variations.

Here is the M200 ring casting inlaid with black onyx and Australian opal.  This is one of our most popular color combinations for our men’s rings.

Sterling silver ring inlaid with black onyx and Australian opal

Sterling silver ring inlaid with black onyx and Australian opal

Another option available is inlaying the entire ring with all the same material such as all dinosaur bone, lapis or spider web turquoise like these three rings.

Man's sterling silver ring inlaid with all lapis.

Sterling silver man’s band with blue lapis inlay.

Sterling silver ring inlaid with gem dinosaur bone.

Sterling silver ring inlaid with gem dinosaur bone.

Sterling silver man's ring inlaid with spiderweb turquoise

Sterling silver man’s ring inlaid with spiderweb turquoise

A combination of inlay materials is also an option.  Here are a couple of multi-color examples.Sterling silver ring inlaid with spiderweb turquoise, black onyx and lapis.

Man's sterling silver ring inlaid with sugilite, gem silica and spiderweb turquoise

Man’s sterling silver ring inlaid with sugilite, gem silica and spiderweb turquoise

As you can see there are many different colors of stones to choose from and many multicolored combinations.  Let us know your color preferences and we can suggest stones that work well together.  Most semi-custom orders can be completed in 2 to 4 weeks.  In most cases it is easier to discuss and complete these orders by phone to clear up any possible questions or concerns before beginning work on the order or taking payment.  Please visit our website for more information about Hileman Silver Jewelry and see photos of our jewelry.  www.HilemanSilverJewelry.com


Dinosaur Bone Jewelry

If you are anything like me, you probably are not familiar with gem dinosaur bone or dinosaur bone jewelry .  My experience with dinosaur bone began last year when I discovered it on Ebay.  We decided to try inlaying dinosaur bone in our sterling silver jewelry and it was a big hit.  The dinosaur bone we use in our jewelry is usually referred to as “gembone”.  It is actually not bone but is a combination of minerals that replaced the dinosaur bone over time.  Dinosaur bone is found in a rainbow of colors with the webbing color and cell size varying greatly from piece to piece.  The varying cell size and colors create some truly unique patterns and virtually one of a kind pieces of jewelry.  The fossilized dinosaur bone can be composed of many different minerals including agate, jasper and calcite.  The dinosaur bone color is determined by the combination of minerals present when the fossilized bone formed.  Some colors are more rare than others with multicolor cells  in a nice pattern being the most sought after.  High quality dinosaur bone has a hardness of 6-7 on the Moh’s scale and takes a great polish for jewelry.  Top grade gem dinosaur bone is eventually going to become impossible to get because, as you might have guessed, they aren’t making it any more.  Now would be a great time to start your collection of dinosaur bone jewelry.  We have many ring and pendant designs that feature dinosaur bone in several different color combinations.  Visit our website and enter dinosaur bone in the quick search box and check out the jewelry available.  http://www.shop.hilemansilverjewelry.com/main.sc   

I also have posted a collection of photos of some of our pendants, rings and wedding ring sets inlaid with dinosaur bone on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hilemanjewelry/sets/72157624623420277/ .