Before sitting down with your jeweler to talk about having a custom piece designed, it is helpful to have considered certain basic features of the desired piece. What color of gold do you prefer? What type and color of gemstones would you like to include in the design? Do you wish to incorporate any symbolism in your piece (i.e. figurative elements, birthstones, themes etc.)? Do you want anything engraved in your piece? Do you have precious stones with special sentimental value (i.e. from inherited jewelry) that you wish you use? Do you have any unwanted gold jewelry you wish to apply towards the purchase of your custom piece? Having clarified some of these questions in your mind will help you convey your wishes more precisely to the jewelry designer and in turn help him or her create the perfect design.