The " Balboa Park Carousel Egg" Commissioned by Dr.s Barry and Anne Marfleet 18 years of construction and development time 22K Gold, Platinum, Diamonds, 45% lead crystal, Sterling silver , enamel (and more…). Fully functional replica of the "Balboa Park Carousel", Balboa Park, San Diego, Ca. In the collection of the San Diego Natural History Museum.
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Reviews of this Maker
Review of Engagement Ring
by Nick Feb 04th 2013
Jim was absolutely amazing to work with during my first Custom Made experience. The ring I commissioned Jim to build turned out better than anything I had ever imagined. I had been shopping for over a year at the chain stores before I found J.Grahl Design. I wanted something truly unique and from the heart. With his years of experience and fine detail craftsmanship, Jim pulled of one of the most amazing engagement rings I've ever seen. (Trust me I looked at a lot!) Working with someone on the opposite side of the country worried me at first but Jim was extremely professional and very easy to communicate with. Anytime I had a different idea or new concept in the early stages of the ring design he would tell me very candidly if it would look good with my original idea for the ring, which was petite and elegant with a touch of Celtic influence. He was up for any challenge I could throw at him and judging by his other works he will always go above and beyond. I highly recommend J Grah... Read more
Review of Emerald cut diamond eternity band
by Nathaniel H. Jul 11th 2012
Great Experience - Fiance is Mesmerized
I decided to work with Jim for the creation of a unique engagement ring. My then girlfriend decided she wanted an emerald cut eternity band rather than the typical diamond solitaire. Unfortunately she is one of the pickiest people I know - this was a job that needed to be done just right...
I posted the project to CustomMade and was very impressed by the responses I received. Of those, Jim rose to the top due to the many positive recommendations and the breadth of his experience in hand fabricating complicated and impressive jewlery.
In starting to work with Jim I also needed to be sure that he was someone who was willing to work in a partnership so that I could make tweaks to the piece as it was in process so that it would stand up to my girlfriend's scrutiny. Jim was extremely willing and easy to work with in that he took my input to the process and was able, each time, to improve upon it.
During the creation Jim kept me update... Read more
Review of small medallion for necklace based on Bee Friendly Farming logo
by Tom V. May 11th 2012
He worked well with me to create the design and quality product I desired.
Review of oregon sunstone ring
by Seth Rosen Feb 19th 2012
As one of the founders of CustomMade, I spent some time thinking about who I wanted to fabricate this ring. I could not be happier that I chose Jim. First of all, Jim is a master platinum-smith, and it's obvious by the work quality. Every single detail on this ring was assembled and polished to perfection. Second, the build quality is unreal. I am one of the more picky people ALIVE, and this thing exceeded even my very high expectations. If you are considering a detail-oriented high-end project where absolutely nothing but the best will do, Jim is an exceptional choice. You will not be sorry!
Review of Ronnee's Birthday
by John Marshall Jan 22nd 2012
This was a pendant and necklace in 18k gold that I commissioned Jim to make for my wife's birthday. The pendant was a letter "M" that was encrusted with the birthstones of our children and 2 grandsons. He did an absolutely beautiful job and my wife was truly surprised and overjoyed. Jim was a true professional through out the entire processed and was sure to listen to what I wanted. He sent me several sketches until he was sure that his design was what I was looking for. Upon completion, he made sure that the jewelry was delivered insured and on time from California to Alabama. He is a true professional and I am SO GLAD that I discovered CUSTOMMADE.COM and Jim Grahl! I look forward to doing business with him and others on the site in the future!