Sounds crazy, with all the competition, but I’m really interested in starting my very own engagement ring store! Unfortunately, I have no experience with jewelry. I did some research online and learnt how rings are made. From the CAD design to the wax patterns and then casting and then stone setting and polishing.
My goal is to start with 15 of the most popular designs times 3 sizes of center stone per design and use rhodium plated sterling silver and cubic zirconia. I contacted a company and got a quote of nearly $10K for the CAD designs, prototyping and molding. Sounds like a lot of money considering that this isn’t really custom work.
My expertise is in online marketing and sales, so I would just want to hire a company to do all the ring manufacturing for me. Are there any vendors/specific places that I should be looking at, for affordable designs and manufacturing? Any advice that I can get from all you professionals, is highly appreciated!