Scherman's Jewellery Design

Advice when choosing a wedding Ring

Choosing and designing an engagement ring and wedding bands can be a stressful situation.  It’s ultimately the only jewellery piece that you will be wearing every day for the rest of your life!  Men often have sleepless nights not knowing whether their bride to be would prefer a round or oval diamond wedding ring. How many months’ worth of salary they must spend on the wedding ring and whether it will fit her finger.  While women, on the other hand, has a picture of the perfect wedding ring they’ve always dreamt of, they aren’t sure if their groom has been paying attention to their hints while choosing a wedding ring. Even more so, whether he will get to a reputable jewellery designer.

Expert jeweller, Jan Scherman from Scherman’s Jewellery Design, shares his knowledge here. Whether you are stressed about the type of metal, form, size, design or price of engagement or wedding bands. You can leave your dream wedding band design in his capable hands. Jan has years of experience in the jewellery industry and will take the burden off your shoulders within one consultation.

The Scherman’s Jewellery Story

The idea for Scherman’s originated about 12 years ago, while I was a 2nd- year student.  However, I was only in the right place of my life at the beginning of 2017, to realize this dream.  Although Scherman’s for more than a decade of existence was just an idea, it’s been three years now as a real business.

After studying (B-Tech degree in jewellery at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), I did a two-year scholarship at a master goldsmith and thereafter received an MQA qualification in jewellery design and manufacturing. Thereafter, I was lucky to strike a position as a goldsmith at a renowned international jewellery company in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. Here I gained most of my knowledge and experience of diamonds, precious stones and precious metals. The quality control there is among the strictest in the world so I was very fortunate to be exposed to this. I continued to work there for six years.

We specialise in custom-made designs.

While main-stream jewellery stores keep a wide variety of jewellery, you don’t always get what you desire.

All our jewellery are made according to our customers’ specific needs, apart from a few exclusive Scherman’s designs. I tackle all my designs in such a way so that it will still be considered stylish over several years. As a result, our style is considered modern, yet classic. There are exceptions of course; since it’s also what the customer wants at the end of the day.

The art of custom-made jewellery perfected

Since jewellery is so sentimental, I prefer to meet with my clients personally by appointment in my studio in Brackenfell. This way I try to determine what they like and don’t like.  Most of the time my clients have a pretty good idea of what they want, it’s just a case of fine-tuning their idea into a practical design.  In cases where a person has no idea what they are looking for, I guide them with my expertise to help get to a design piece they love.

I ask for photo references, be it from magazines or the web, of designs they’ve seen and like most.  From there, I make suggestions, especially how to make it more unique and customized to them.  The proposed designs are created and the customer gets the chance to change it as they want. This is followed by the manufacturing process. It usually takes between 3-4 weeks.

Favourite metals and stones to design with

In the last two years, the demand for Rose Gold and the styles that are considered “vintage” significantly increased. White Gold in the past was the more popular metal but it has changed in recent years. We work with all the precious metals such as Gold and its various colours and carat, Platinum, Palladium and Silver.

The price of White Gold has increased significantly recently, therefore Platinum is a great alternative metal.  Platinum is also my favourite metal to work with.  The reason for the rise in White Gold’s price is the fact that Palladium is melted with pure Gold to make White Gold.  Hence, the demand for Palladium has raised through the roof across the world! Therefore, I recommend my clients to rather opt for Platinum if they prefer white metal.

When it comes to the most popular precious stones, I work with Diamonds 70% of the time. Thereafter, Tanzanite is a popular alternative, and then Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds.

Budgeting for an Engagement Ring

Wedding rings

A major determining factor when it comes to jewellery is, of course, the budget. There is a myth that a man should get an engagement ring that is equal to 3 months’ salary. Although some can afford it, many cannot. However, keep in mind that an engagement ring is the one possession you will have throughout your life, and often conveyed to your children or grandchildren. So, if all goes well, it is a one-time purchase.  We often buy and sell other expensive possessions such as cars and a home.  We won’t sell an engagement or wedding band, because of the meaning and symbolism we attach to it.

When it comes to engagement rings, the biggest expense is, of course, the Diamond in the middle and choice of metal. Other influencing factors are the number of additional Diamonds, their size and design; The more complex the design, the more time and craftsmanship it takes to manufacture.

I always ask my clients how much they are willing to spend on a new piece so that I can give realistic advice and designs that will suit their budget.

When it comes to price for an engagement ring, I have made jewellery pieces that range from R4000 and others that are close to a million rand! There is such a wide spectrum of what can be done. But in general, I would say an engagement ring could be between R17 000 to R45 000.  The cost of a ladies wedding band between R7000 to R15 000 and a men’s wedding band, between R8000 and R20 000.

How long before the wedding should you start looking for a wedding ring?

When it comes to couples wanting to get married, it all starts when you get engaged.  Thereafter it is only the wedding bands that need to be done. Because South Africa has such great weather, we have a wedding season all year round. However, during September things get busier with a peak during December and January.  During winter months things are a bit slower than usual.

With that in mind, you should have your wedding bands ready at least a week before the wedding ceremony, to avoid anything unpredictable.  However, depending on how busy it is,  custom-made jewellery pieces can sometimes take a while longer to manufacture than expected.  Even if the jeweller only has to start a while later with manufacturing, it is still beneficial to confirm a delivery date with him long before the wedding. Therefore, two months before the wedding date will be a safe bet to avoid any stressful situations. 

Contact Scherman’s for a consultation

In case you live in Cape Town or the surrounding area and having sleepless nights about your loved one’s ring, don’t delay to make contact with Scherman’s Jewellery. Scherman’s Jewellery Design’s studio is in Brackenfell, Cape Town.  Contact Jan at (072) 928 0385 or via email at info@schermans.co.za.

Appointments can be made via the above contact details.  There are no costs attached to making an appointment. To see more of Scherman’s Jewellery Design’s work via social media, follow him on Facebook and Instagram.

You can also read Jan’s interview in Afrikaans at Mooi Troues an online wedding magazine blog. Mooi Troues specializes in advice and content about everything you need to consider when getting married.


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Mooitroues Interview with Jan Scherman of Scherman’s Jewellery Design.