I’m extremely picky when it comes to jewelry. It kind of comes with the territory of working in a jewelry repair shop – I’ve seen it all. But when I won a $10 gift voucher from The Florkens for a personalized jewelry shop, how could I resist checking it out?
Centime is more than personalized jewelry – it’s a website where you can order necklaces, earrings and other home gifts. Their prices are reasonable and it’s a great way to get your family and friends a little something different this year.
They offer many different fonts to choose from if you are looking to purchase a personalized item in addition to allowing you to make something fully custom by utilizing your own handwriting. I’ve seen these before and decided I’d give it a try!
I knew immediately that I wanted a ring as I have been itching for new hand jewelry (my job is dangerous like that). And what better to get than a ring with my boyfriend’s name on it?
So how does it work?
It’s important that I tell you this: The unfortunate thing about my line of work is that I know where a piece of jewelry is likely to break. Through absolutely no fault of this company, I knew exactly where my ring would eventually come apart (because that’s what jewelry does) and need to be repaired. I’m really hard on jewelry because I’m around a lot of tools, machinery, watches and chemicals all day. Thus, I suspected I needed to choose the best possible option based on my daily activity. You should do the same.
Keeping with the idea that I wanted to try for something really custom, I stuck with the idea of using my own handwriting. Centime offers a great selection of fonts, but it doesn’t cost anything extra to use your own handwriting. And so, I got to writing and here’s what I came up with…
I must have written out ‘Jeremy’ a few dozen times like a love-sick teenager writing her boyfriend’s name on her book cover before I was satisfied – and even then I edited the writing slightly in Photoshop, cleaning it up and testing to see what the ring could look like. Unsure of myself, I contacted the company for their opinion and to my delight, I had a response in a few hours that showed me what they would need to do with my handwriting in order to create the ring…
I concluded that I did not like the way that the R and E would look in the final product as the letters would need to be touching if I wanted to stick with their regular, Personal Handwriting Ring. And besides, it would create such a delicate point in the ring. It was suggested that instead, they could solder (attach, for those not savvy to jewelry jargon) the name to the top of the ring rather than making it part of the band. This way, the letters didn’t all have to be touching and I could have more stability in my ring.
I was pretty impressed by this. I appreciated that they took the time to answer my questions and work with me – because that’s no easy task when it comes to jewelry! Ha. And that was it – I’d have my completely custom jewelry in 3 weeks. That’s 2 weeks to complete my order, and a week for shipping.
My Ring Arrived!
I love the presentation. I opened up the package to find a simple box tied with a beautiful, vibrant blue ribbon. It was like opening a little gift just for me! It was mere minutes before I was leaving for work, so I quickly opened it, took a brief look at the ring, slipped it on my finger (it fit perfectly) and dashed off to work where I showed it to my co-workers.
For full disclosure purposes, you should know that I wasn’t sure about my ring at first. It’s nothing that Centime did wrong. It’s me. No, seriously… I have become that picky because my job calls for me to be. It didn’t matter how perfect the ring was, I was going to find something wrong with it. Something about it would make the inner jewelry snob in me come out.
But… As the day went on, the ring grew on me. I love how dainty and simple it looks from afar. Then you look closely and it’s like “Wow, it’s someone’s name!” I’ve already had plenty of compliments from it at work – which is a big deal. If the every day customer likes it, it’s awesome.
Isn’t that pretty!? Very obviously my handwriting and uniquely me. Best part is that there will never be another ring like this one. It is 100% custom and all my own because it was designed by me.
So Let’s Be Really Honest
I am not a jeweler. I have worked for a jewelry repair shop for over a year. I’m one of a few of people you talk to when you come into our shop with your broken jewelry or watches. I diagnose repair needs on hundreds of pieces of jewelry every month. I have a lot of on-job training and have more than the average knowledge about jewelry repair needs, risks involving the metals used, flaws in design and what goes into repairing different pieces. I am not claiming to be a professional as I am not GIA certified. However, I feel that I am qualified to at least give my opinion based on my training.
I don’t want you to go into this sort of thing blindly. Most people do. I want this review to not just be all praises (because Centime is pretty awesome), but also be informative. That’s why I also want to talk about a beautiful necklace that Angie at My So-Called Chaos received and what makes her item a more stable piece, but also still prone to breaking.
Image used with permission of My So-Called Chaos
It’s not Centime’s fault that I write like I do. I have always had this weird sort of print/cursive mix to my writing and it means sometimes my letters touch and sometimes they don’t. What I really like about Angie’s personalized necklace is that not only do all of her letters touch (or closely touch) to begin with, but the G in her name actually acts as a support for every letter of her name. If you look at it, the tag of the G is actually touching the bottom of each letter and that gives the whole piece more support. It’ll be less likely to break.
Can it still break? Well yes, of course. If it couldn’t, people like me wouldn’t have jobs. Paired with the fact that these items are silver (or silver w/ gold plating) means that the metal used is soft. It’s less costly, easy to work with and pliable. It could still break in many different places. Maybe her swirly bit coming off of her E gets caught on her sweater while she’s taking it off. It’s in the realm of possible.
Why am I telling you this? I don’t want to scare you. I just want you to have realistic expectations of the item you are buying. I see a lot of people every day who can’t understand why their item broke… all the while I’m thinking to myself “Well, of course it broke there.”
The fact is… it’s a beautiful, well-made piece of jewelry only flawed by whatever flaws your handwriting creates.
I Want You To Try Out Centime!
Bottom line is, it was a pleasure working with them and I am very likely to do it again. Angie’s necklace has me sort of drooling and I think I need to have one made after the holidays. If you’d like your own personalized jewelry or want to buy one as a gift in time for Christmas, be sure to get your order in before November 30th.
That said… All of my readers get 20% off their orders until December 15th using promo code KIMIWHO20. Even better? Five lucky winners will win a $10 gift voucher which you can use in addition to the promo code! Enter to win below!