Last week I stopped into Scott's Custom Jewelers, a Fairlawn-basedfamily jeweler that opened a shopin Dublin a year and a half ago. Theowners, Scott and BethCevasco,reached out to me, touting their custom design approach to jewelry...

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Last week I stopped into Scott's Custom Jewelers, a Fairlawn-basedfamily jeweler that opened a shopin Dublin a year and a half ago. Theowners, Scott and BethCevasco,reached out to me, touting their custom design approach to jewelry. They promised less big-box jewelry store with rows of cases filled with pre-made settings, and more one-on-one attention and a computer that would craft a personalized design right in front of me. Knowing how important, and sometimes challenging, crafting a unique engagement ring can be, I had to check this out.

The small storefront doesn't look like much when you walk in-one jewelry case to the side and, toward the back, a large desk, computer and TV screen. The latter is where you'll want to head to grab a seat and watch Scott do his magic with the aid of computer design technology that lets him craft each customer vision right in front of them, projected on a large TV screen. Here, customers can start from scratch with an idea, browse previously made designs, and build an item piece by piece, Scott says. He starts each session by asking clients what they are looking for, do they have diamonds or stones they'd like to use, and how will the jewelry be worn (for example, a nurse may need an engagement ring with a lower-set stone). "We show people what we've done. They say, 'Oh I like that. I hate that,' " says Scott, using those as cues to the styles each client likes.

From there, they really get creative, looking for special touches to add, says Beth. For example, one bride had her promise ring set inside her husband's wedding band so only he could see it. For another couple, the Cevascos crafted a music score on an engagement ring and wedding band (complete when they were put together) for a groom's professional singer fiancÚ. One computer geek-type guy even wrote his wife's name in binary code on his wedding band. "That's the best part, taking the story," Beth says. "It doesn't have to be expensive. It just has to be what you want."

That's one of the things I loved most about their design concept-the price. There's no extra charge for the consultation, design or model. The model Scott will paint to match the color of the actual ring, then he can set stones on it (not attached to it) so clients can slide it on and see how it looks-all before it's ever made. From there, he'll either tweak it more or start creating the real jewelry.

But Scott won't call these custom pieces his design, "because they're not," he says. They are ideas that belong to the customer. "That's how it is here: Have it your way."

Scott's Custom Jewlery is located at 3536 W. Dublin-Granville Road in Dublin. Find them on the web here. –Beth Stallings