Custom Design FAQs


Please note that in-store and online orders are officially closed as of 24 December 2021. We will be open for business again on 4 January 2022, at which time we’ll start processing all orders placed after 24 December 2021.


All Dear Rae orders have been sent with tracking details and have been updated on our system - you will receive a notification via email. Should you have any tracking queries, please contact or Do keep in mind that it’s the busiest season of the year and that couriers take 2 to 4 working days to deliver. They will often phone clients before drop-off to confirm delivery.


Looking for a last-minute Christmas gift? You can purchase Dear Rae vouchers via our online store up until 24 December 2021. They will immediately be delivered via email - either to you or the lucky loved one receiving your gift.


You are welcome to return or exchange your gift, as long as it is in a new and unworn condition. If you’re based in Cape Town, feel free to pop into our Bree Street studio once we have reopened on 4 January 2022. We will assist you with resizing, remaking or exchanging. If you do not live in Cape Town, kindly contact so we can arrange a collection via our courier, which will cost R160 return. Please contact us for further information.


The cost of the ring depends on the quality and type of gemstone used. The price of a white diamond varies greatly and can make up 70-80% of the total cost of a jewellery design. Other gemstones like colour diamonds, sapphires and emeralds can also be used, and these are in more of an entry-level price bracket. A comfortable budget for a custom design ring is R20 000 and upward. It is possible to create a ring for less, but then either the size or the quality of the gemstone will be compromised and we would therefore rather encourage you to browse our ‘LUCY’ and ‘JUNO’ collections. It’s important to note that every gemstone is completely different, and that everything from colour to where it was sourced can influence the price. Please provide us with a budget range upon your consultation query, as this will allow us to source you the best possible diamond or gemstone within a costing range that you are comfortable with. *Please note that budget guidelines also apply to occasional wear such as pendants, bangles, and earrin


We work with solid 9ct, 14ct and 18ct yellow, rose and white gold. We also work with platinum. You can read more about our gold here. [link to Block 6: Gold, Recycling, & Heirlooms]. The different gold colours are obtained by the alloys added to pure gold (24ct.) Yellow gold’s alloys are silver and copper; rose gold’s alloy is copper; and white gold is either palladium or platinum.




Gold is a magnificent metal and something we absolutely love working with. Not only is it durable, but its colour is both spectacular and timeless - never rusting or tarnishing in any way. It is also a reusable commodity which can be melted down and reused multiple times. All our gold treasures are handcrafted using yellow, rose, and white gold in either 9ct, 14ct or 18ct.




If you have solid gold jewellery that you would like to recycle in order to create something brand new, you can bring it into our studio where it will be weighed to establish the value. We do not design new pieces with the actual gold that you bring in, as it may contain other alloys that we cannot work with. We do, however, send it off for refining and provide you with credit for the value, based on the gold price on the day. Please note that there is a shrinkage and refining fee involved in this process, so 20% will be subtracted from the final value to accommodate for this.



Perhaps you have inherited a precious heirloom that does not necessarily suit your personal aesthetic, but you adore and covet the stones incorporated in the piece. We love the idea of upcycling your diamonds or gemstones, and would like to encourage you to bring us your heirlooms that you may no longer wear so we can custom design something new. Fine stones are our speciality. And we can reset them into a new, unique treasure that suits your style while retaining the sentiment of the original jewel.

Please note that we do not purchase any diamonds or gemstones from customers.




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