There is often quite a bit of skill and specialized materials required to design your own jewelry, but commissioning a custom piece can also be quite costly. 'Julbox' is a new online platform that aims to make the most of the Internet to empower amateur jewelry designers.
On the platform, users are able to create fully customized pieces at a fixed price. Some of the choices that can be made when designing a bespoke 18k gold or sterling silver piece include changes to shape, symbols, letters and Swarovski crystal additions. In the span of seven days, Julbox gets to work professionally cutting, plating, polishing and assembling the custom piece with its own team of "jewelry magicians."
While there has been an increase in DIY projects with the rise of maker culture, there are also a number of consumers who have adopted a do-it-for-me mentality.