Want to get a custom ring from James Allen but curious about how long it will take? This article will outline how long each step in the production process can potentially take.
At the end of the article, you will be able to estimate how long a ring may take to reach you once it has been designed:
How Long Does the James Allen Production Time Take?
It often takes one to three weeks for James Allen to produce a custom designed ring, although the exact schedule can vary and it can take up to a month, depending on the complexity of the design as well as the demand for rings.
How Long Does the Production Process Take?
Now, according to the James Allen website, a finished customized ring can be delivered to you within thirty days. This includes the design, production, and delivery time.
There are several steps in the production process:
The first one involves choosing the level of customization that you require. You can choose to design the ring from scratch. Or, you can choose a design that already exists on the James Allen site, choose your own ring, and make minor customizations.
If you want to customize the ring completely, you will need to already have a diamond. Then, you must upload pictures of the diamond as well as your desired ring design.
Then, the company will need to produce a computer-generated image of the ring. This will need to be approved by you. Once it is, the ring will be physically designed. Once it is completed and checked, it will be shipped to you.
Now that you can appreciate the process, let’s look at all the factors that can cause a variation in the schedule:
Level of Customization
If you want a minimal amount of customization and are using a ring that is already available on the website, then the production will naturally go faster. On the other hand, if every detail of the ring must be created from scratch, then it can take several weeks at a time.
The more complicated the design is, the longer that it will take.
Design Discussion and CAD Production
It is important to remember that James Allen operates entirely online. This includes communications and design discussions. As such, you must wait for correspondence to go back and forth. This means that emails may not always be replied to immediately by either party.
The computer generation can also take quite a while to do.
Each decision must be approved by both parties as well. For instance, the design team must inform you whether or not a particular design or element is possible. You then must make a decision based on this and so forth.
The same goes for computer-generated image. You may have to approve changes or the final image. If you don’t like what you see then it is back to the drawing board.
As you can imagine, all of this can take varying amount of time.
Then, there is the actual time it takes to produce the ring. This can depend on several factors as well. This includes the complexity of the design as well as how many other orders the company currently has.
To make matters even more complicated, the global pandemic is slowing production time even more. Not only are there fewer people working on the team, but they are also dealing with a backlog of orders. This means that orders can take even longer to produce.
The final product also must be approved – not just by you but an entirely different team. This, too, will add to how long it will take for the design process to be completed. If there are any issues to be fixed, then this will delay the process even further.
Last, but not least, there is the shipping time. If the value of the combined ring is greater than $500, then the ring will have priority shipping. Due to this, you may receive it the next day after it has been shipped.
For rings with a lower value, it can take two days or longer. Remember, that shipping delays due to weather is entirely possible, depending on the time of year.
How Early Should You Order the Ring?
It is best to order a ring at least a few months before you expect to propose or use the ring in another capacity. This gives you enough of flexibility should everything not go according to plan.
Once you contact the design staff at James Allen, you may have a better idea of how long the process will take. Even then, though, you will only be provided with a rough estimate.
How Long Does James Allen Take to Produce Custom Rings?
It can take anywhere from one week to three weeks for your ring to be designed, produced, and shipped to you but the actual process can take longer due to decision making, complexity of design, design process, inspection, and even delivery delays.