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Why would I call you instead of calling a prop house or costume house?

We are professional jewelers who make jewelry for props and costumes, not propmakers or costume makers making jewelry.

Jewelry is a specialty. Each piece is a little masterpiece of engineering that needs to hold stones and be wearable, but be very fine in quality and detail. A good piece of jewelry can help to sell the authenticity of a character, whereas, a poorly made or improperly designed piece of jewelry can make a view question the authenticity of a character.

Not to mention, we actually get quite a bit of work from prop houses who job the work out to us, so why not call us directly?

How long does it take to make a piece from start to finish?

We can create a simple piece and deliver it is less than 36 hours. But that is best case the scenario, with no proofs and no changes or waiting for approval.

In normal circumstances, we can provide a proof for you to get approval on in 24 hours. If it is a complex piece, it will take a bit longer. Then it is in your hands and up to you to get it approved by the necessary people in a timely manner.

We ask that you give us a "real" shoot date and delivery date so we can schedule your job properly.
Back to the original question...depending on the complexity of a piece, 3-5 days is normal to make a piece, and we are generally scheduling 2 weeks out. We always however leave openings for rushes.

What do you need to make a piece?

We can work from concepts given verbally or via email. We can work from rough sketches or fully developed character concepts or illustrations. And we can work from scripts. No matter what you give us, we are the experts in the jewelry field, and we will tell you what is and is not realistic in making your piece.

We have an extensive library in which we can reference jewelry and time periods, so again, you can tell us what you are looking for and we will provide you with what would be appropriate for the time.

In the end, our job is to create jewelry and pieces that sell the character and story, and do not make you question the authenticity.

What is the best way for you to make a piece of jewelry for a character?

The very best way for us to make a piece is to either have a verbal description of the character and situation for which the piece is needed. Or in the best case scenario, we will read the script, and do our research and design something appropriate.

Though we enjoy seeing charcter illustrations done by concept artists, it is usually a waste of time. Unfortunately the concept artists are not jewelers, and often times dream up something that is just not produceable in metal, not wearable, not standard stone sizes and shapes, etc.

We are able to design a piece that is truly produceable on the rendered proof we give you. That way you can circulate the proofs to the necessary parties for approval. It is not unusual for us to have to "reimagine" a concept artist's vision that has already been chosen and "approved", and then you need to break the news to the decision makers that the pretty picture is not produceable and start all over again with our new proofs.

Do you rent jewelry?

While we are not generally in the business of renting pieces such as a prop house does, we do have a rather large inventory of our jewelry collections as well as custome pieces we have made.

What is your size minimum and maximum?

While there is really no minimum size, I suppose the best way to answer that would be we can make something (build, mill, cast and finish) as small as a 1/8 inch ball.

Maximum size has a couple of answers. For us to make it in one piece abode 3"x5" or so. To cast in a couple of pieces, 6"x6" or so. But, we can provide master waxes and we can have it cast at a foundry we use, or we can give you the waxes and you can have it cast yourself.

Can you mass produce items?

In-house we will do small runs of say 20pcs. at the most (depending on size, complexity, etc.).

But we can do larger runs with some casting companies we regularly work with both here in the U.S. and overseas. We can do any quantity (10's, 100's, 1000's and up). Just keep in mind that the more pieces are needed, the more time is needed.

What mediums do you work in?

For prop work, we standardly work with brass or sterling silver. We then plate the piece for the appropriate finish.
We also work in all karats of gold for custom pieces.
We do not cast platinum in-house.

Can I get just a master model and have it cast somewhere else.

Of course. We can provide you with a finished wax, or a metal master model. Please keep in mind, however, that we are master casters, and take the necessary time and extra steps to make sure our castings come out perfectly. If in the event you have it cast elsewhere and they blow the casting, we will need to charge you for creating a new master model.

What kind of files can you provide of our piece.?

Because we create your piece digitally, we can provide you with different types of files in the event you need them for make-up, signage, even 3D models for post production. It is best to give us a call and let us figure out what the best format will be, but some standard formats are: .AI, .EPS, .JPS, .TIF, .PSD, .STL, .OBJ, .3DM, just to name a few.

What if I need a different size?

We can provide you with actual size pieces of course, but also smaller versions and giant versions for lipstick cameras, extreme close-ups and other special effects.

We can also provide you with different sizes of the same ring for character aging, stunt people, etc. So, we can build the ring in a size 7, and then rebuild it in a size 14 with the same proportions.

Do you make "stunt" versions?

Yes we do make stunt versions of our pieces.

We make what we call "half rings," that are rings that are exact replicas of the hero ring on the top, and the bottom of the shank is elastic so that it will fit any stunt person and is suitable for fighting and sword play.

We can also make "stunt versions" of pendants, buckles, etc., that are lighter versions, different mediums, etc., depending on the piece.

What if I need to replace a ring that got carried over from last season?

While we do not mold our pieces, so there are no molds to keep, we do archive all of our work, so in the event you have a piece you need to have re-made, we can make an exact copy or make the necessary alterations (resize it, etc.).

Where are you located?

We are located in Long Beach, California. We do not have a retail locations, but welcome clients to our studio with appointment.

Do you deliver?

Yes, we deliver to studios and on-set in the LA area.