custom jewelry design
Ahhh, yes…the special feeling that comes from having something made especially for us. This is an intimate interaction in many cases, involving a tremendous amount of communication between the "lucky one" and the Alara designers and staff. The proper communication on the front end guarantees no disappointments or surprises when the finished piece is presented upon completion.
At Alara, we will spend all the time you need to bring you to your comfort level. And we're professional enough to know when the custom jewelry design process just isn't quite right for your personality type, and we will try to accommodate you a different way.
All that aside, there are a number of custom design concepts we offer. All of these can be done in partnership with our founder and in-house designer, Babs Noelle. That said, most of these can be done in partnership, at a lower expense, with any of our designers (see "massaging an existing model" below). Not sure if your project is complex or not? Just call or email first to describe your project, and we'll figure it out for you!
This is about you, you, nothing but you. We are here to guide you through the intricacies of aesthetics, as we are trying to "build something from the ground up" for you. We'll start with the gems and diamonds of your dreams and work our way towards a finished design. In addition to getting all the gem and diamond education you want, and helping you hand-select those stones, we will present you with a professional "Design Proposal," which outlines all the details of your job before we embark upon actually creating it.
"massaging an existing model" custom
What could this possibly mean? Well, we have over 4,500 models already loaded into our CAD system, and many of those models have a number of features that can be just slightly tweaked to suit the needs of a high percentage of our clients. This is a great thing to consider if saving $400 to $650 is of interest to you, and you aren't trying to reinvent the ring, so to speak. We have 5 designers on staff that can assist you with such a project.
So, you already have diamonds and gems, but you really hate how they're mounted? Grandma's taste not the same as yours? We're here to help you bring out the beauty in those baubles! We have picture upon picture of "before" and "after" photos…and don't be surprised that many of the "befores" are from local jewelers who "missed the mark" on the first go-round! By presenting you with a professional "Design Proposal" before we start any actual crafting, nothing is ever forced on you that isn't exactly as it was promised. Depending on the project, this can be "full custom" or "massaged custom," as described separately above.
With seven years of training under her belt, our founder was exposed to more than her fair share of jewelry history education. As a consequence, she is well-versed in the features of the various period styles. Additionally, as a former diamond dealer, she has ready access to all the diamonds (and reproduction cutters) needed to properly execute a period piece of your dreams.
Art Deco is a design period that featured high-precision, technical pieces…Babs has won two Art Deco jewelry design awards. At the time she won a French competition, she was the first American to date to have done so.
The Edwardian period is the one that featured all that lovely filigree-work that is enjoying such a resurgence today. Alara produces Edwardian reproduction pieces on a regular basis, bringing the beauty of yesterday into the future.
corporate award jewelry
When Home Depot wanted corporate jewelry designed, who did the Southwest regional manager turn to? Alara's founder, Babs Noelle.
Whether you want something that is reminiscent of a class ring in design, or are seeking an unusual treatment of your company logo that your team will actually wear, you really should give us a shout. Our manufacturing capabilities are expansive, so don't be concerned we can't handle it, and handle it quickly if necessary.
Gift Registry and Reminders
Alara Wish List = stress-free gift shopping for your loved ones.
Complete a wish list at Alara, pair it with your important dates (birthday, anniversary, and you have a recipe for gift-giving success. You get you want, on the dates that are important to you, which is exactly what the gift-giver wants, too!
On-line, simply login (or create your account), and as you see items, add them to your Wish List. Send your important dates to us via email, along with the names and contact information of your loved ones.
In person, stop in any time to have us personally assist you in getting your Wish List set up. Or, for guaranteed, personalized attention, set an appointment for the ultimate in "playing dress-up."
Whether for insurance purposes, estate purposes, fair market value, or sheer curiosity, a professional appraisal is the only way to have accurate information on the current value and quality of your jewelry and gems.
Definitely the most common reason for having jewelry appraised is for the purposes of insuring it. No, your jewelry is not automatically covered under your homeowner's insurance—you must procure a "rider" in order to specifically insure items of high value, such as jewelry, art, and collectibles.
So, are you looking to protect the "family jewels?" Set a jewelry appraisal appointment today! We prefer if you stay during the appraisal process, and you should allot approximately 30 minutes per piece on average.
Wondering what that gem is your Aunt Myrtle left to you, and are willing to pay for a real, professional evaluation? Call us to set an appointment for gem identification.
Jewelry Cleaning and Inspection
Always no charge. Whether your jewels are from Alara or not.
Diamond and Gem Consultation
Internet info getting you confused?
Your friends have conflicting advice?
Want to get the real low-down on conflict-free, environmentally friendly, or free trade diamonds?
Would you like to learn all about your diamond options, including patented ideal-cut diamonds or enhanced diamonds?
Do you want to talk to a real person?
We don't blame folks for being skeptical. There sure are a lot of varying opinions on diamonds and gems; and if you're gathering that information from folks who are actually trying to sell you the stuff, you should expect there to be a conflict of interest.
So, we offer something that comes with no strings attached, because you will pay us for it.
For the same hourly fee as our jewelry appraisal services, you can set an appointment with a graduate gemologist for a consultation on diamonds and/or colored gemstones. At the end of the appointment, we won't even ask if you want to buy your diamond from us!
This is great for the person who is seeking as much information as possible, without having to read volumes on the topic. Imagine boiling down two years of gemological training to those tidbits of info that will actually be the most useful to you. Obviously, you still won't possess the knowledge of a Graduate Gemologist, but you can certainly garner the information that best suits you.
Corporate Gift Selection
Okay, so you're one of those generous boss types. But, perhaps you've noticed that your staff doesn't seem to really dig the gifts you bestow upon them…
Do you have literally 5 minutes to tell us about each of the employees that are special to you? We have a quick questionnaire, which can be administered by phone or email, that will help us make you the hero. We're here to help—just give us a jingle.
Diamond and Colored Gemstone Recutting
Oopsy—you chipped your stone. Have no fear. We have the connections, we have the know-how, and we'll treat your gem like it were our own.
And, we do inlay work of exceptional quality and difficulty. So, want to see that piece of petrified wood expertly inlaid into a custom design? We do that.
Antique and Estate Jewelry Searches
Shucky-darn, we've been doing this a long time. We know folks. Lots of folks. Folks in the antique and estate jewelry business.
Is there a particular piece you are wanting? Maybe your sister got it when grandma passed, and you wish you were the lucky one? Yeah, we might be in a small town, but for Alara the jewelry world is our oyster. We can find it for you.
Precious Metal Recycling
As one of our many efforts to be as green as possible, we now produce 100% of our in-house jewelry from recycled precious metal only. We do a lot of our refining in-house, so if you want your precious metal refined and returned to you in pure form, or worked into new pieces, we're your only stop!
Perhaps the thought of having someone in their teens pierce your ears makes you a wee bit tense. No worries, we are ready, willing, and able to pierce your ears.
We use the only fully encapsulated sterile ear piercing products in the world. This means the earrings are completely enclosed and sterile during the entire ear piercing process.
And, with so many completely hypoallergenic, pure titanium and nickel-free stainless steel earrings in stock to replace your original "piercing" earrings, you can be assured that the healing process on those new piercings will continue to be safe and without irritation.
Non Profit Fundraising Jewelry
Perhaps you've noticed a number of nonprofit organizations in the area who have turned to us for the purposes of creating jewelry that will serve as an ongoing fundraising effort for them: Thrive, The Museum of the Rockies, and the Downtown Bozeman Association.
We're easy to work with, and have an endless string of ideas to help your organization raise more money!