It starts with an idea or a collection of inspirational photos brought in by the client. They will discuss what the client is wanting in the finished piece and how it will be worn. Is it an everyday piece, an heirloom or for special occasions? All of these elements play a part in the materials and stones used in the final piece.
Next, they will help you choose the perfect stones for the piece. All of Minichiello’s stones are independently appraised, meaning that they are graded and documented exactly as the stones are, without owner bias so you know exactly what you are getting. Minichiello’s only uses stones with a quality high cut and with a colour grade of D-G.
Next, they move to the wax mold as a preview before the piece goes into production. Each design receives a complimentary wax mould to ensure that the client has an accurate representation of the final piece. Here, they discuss any changes or modifications that will need to be made.
Final steps are production and gem setting and then presentation to the client.
Production time averages around 3 weeks from sketch to finished piece.
Minichiello Jewellers’ history spans over five decades originating as Vancouver’s first ‘wholesale to the public’ jewellery destination. Founded in 1958 by Fred Minichiello, and quickly became synonymous for quality, service and fine craftsmanship.