The Design Process

If you have pictures or any form of rough idea of things you like incorporated in a custom work, we can use these as a springboard to develop the initial design. While we will not duplicate another design, since that would be unethical and compromise our respect for the design integrity of others, we can use the images of pieces you may have seen to help chart a stylistic direction.

Working within your stated budget, we will guide you with the selection of materials. If conflict-free Canadian diamonds or fairly traded color gemstones are involved, the selection of the major stones is critical to the overall design of the piece. We draft a jewelry design for your approval only after narrowing down specific gem species, colors, shapes, and sizes.

First, we sketch out detailed drawings. These are drawn to scale so that you can visualize the stone sizes and design elements in relationship to your finger size (in the case of a ring).

Oftentimes we will render several design options with top, side, and front views of the jewelry. We ask for a non-refundable deposit for additional sketches beyond the initial round. If you go forward with the fabrication of the item, your deposit will be credited to the purchase price.

After approval of the design, we proceed with the fabrication of the jewelry. To begin this process, we require a 50% deposit to proceed. Most pieces require a wax model created to the specifications defined by the drawings.

A casting is created from the wax using 18 karat yellow gold, 18 karat palladium white gold, or 950 platinum.

The rough casting is filed and pre-finished, stones are carefully set, the piece is given a final polish, cleaned, and inspected. Then your item is placed in our Leber Jeweler presentation box ready for the lucky recipient!

All pieces are designed by Joanne and Brian Leber and hand fabricated by our own expert craftspeople in our Chicago workshop, using 100% recycled precious metals. For a custom jewelry consultation, call 312-944-2900, toll-free 866-944-2902 or email