Design Process


Your Idea

Whether you are unsure or very clear about your design idea, our design team will work closely with you, discuss your ideas and offer guidance and advice with the view to creating a fabulous finished product. Our design team is Douglas Blair our goldsmith and Roddy Sheridan our diamonds and precious stones specialist. Together we will go through any ideas you may have, photography from our latest commissions or the extensive range of photography we hold in stock to determine the best style to suit your requirements and spending limit. Furthermore, we have stunning finished jewellery pieces, mock settings and band styles to help you with your choices. We strive to make sure that this process is as exciting, stress free, and as enjoyable as possible.

Diamond or Precious Stones Selection

We have privileged access to the finest Antwerp Diamonds, sourced by our well established Diamond supplier.  He has over 30 years experience working in the diamond industry and excels in sourcing the best Diamonds in the marketplace – at the right price. We will work within your agreed spending limit and thus maximise the most from your money.

At Blair and Sheridan we have an excellent selection of diamonds and precious stones in-house. If we are required to source specific diamonds or precious stones for you we can promptly obtain any size or quality direct from the Antwerp Diamond District.

Once we have obtained the best diamonds or precious stones for you, we will invite you to view the loose stones. Blair and Sheridan understand that our customers are not necessarily diamond experts and this is why this stage of the process is very important.  We will educate you on the different gemmological characteristics of each stone.  This way you can chose which diamond or precious stones you want  with confidence, knowing  that you have a sound understanding of what your are purchasing.  Furthermore, all centre piece diamonds sold from Blair and Sheridan come with a gemmological certificate from HRD, GIA, or IGI.

All our diamonds come with a conflict free guarantee.  We only purchase diamonds from suppliers in Antwerp.  Every supplier in Antwerp adheres to the Kimberly Process and Blair and Sheridan is an active supporter of the “Stop Blood Diamonds” campaign.

Design Approval

After you have selected the best diamonds or precious stones for your design, we will work closely with you  to finalise and approve the design concepts. At this stage of the process, we will ensure that all aspects of the design are agreed.  For example:  ring sizing, band width, setting type, choice of metal and any other points that require discussing.  You can receive a sketch of your design if you wish. This process ensures a smooth transition into production.

Creation and Delivery

Each jewellery item requires hours of work, from the meticulous positioning of each diamond and coloured gemstone to the creation of the immaculate setting. The production of your bespoke, hand-made piece of jewellery will take no longer than 4 weeks from design approval. Normally customers should expect to wait a minimum of 6 weeks for completion of a hand-made piece of jewellery elsewhere.  However, Blair and Sheridan prides itself in this exceptionally quick production time. At 4 weeks, you will be invited to collect your fabulous, bespoke, hand-made item of jewellery.