GemKitty founder Arwa J. has long been surrounded by gemstones and jewelry. Her parents were gemstone entrepreneurs and immersed her in their business at a young age. Her passion for jewelry designing eventually led to the launching of GemKitty in 2009. All of their jewelry is handmade from their studio in Portland, Oregon.
UPDATE: Unfortunately the GemKitty website seems to be offline now.
Most of the custom jewelry websites we’ve seen exclusively offer only diamond jewelry but GemKitty offers gemstones and crystals for earrings and necklaces, catering to a larger audience of women. They have a pretty nice selection of sparkly stones featured in the website – from the popular Rose Quartz and Swarovskis to the less known stones like Aventurine and Kyanite. The stones are grouped by their colors, and there are about 12 colors displayed, each having around 2-10 different kinds of stones.
Currently, their jewelry is limited to only custom earrings and custom necklaces. There are different styles available – 8 for necklaces and 6 for earrings. The model styles are very attractive and have timeless looks. Pricing is readily available and displayed in the site. The total price would depend on the type of style and the stones used, as they are priced differently. Expect to pay around $50 – $90 for a necklace and $40 – $70 for a pair of earrings.
Their design application is very impressive. It may not be the best we’ve seen in the World Wide Web but it is simple, appealing and very easy to use. The necklace styles, gemstones and images are all categorized very neatly which makes it easy for users to browse around. Additionally, the product images displayed are pretty accurate. Aside from customizing the gemstones, you will also be able to choose the kind of metal used for the chain (Gold or Silver). Currently, the website does not sell pre-made jewelry but they have a ‘Limited Edition’ section where you can buy pre-designed products. It is only for a limited time though, and items get easily sold out.
Standard shipping is free within the US. Production and delivery is pretty fast too. It takes only 3-7 days for the order to arrive at your door. All GemKitty jewelry also come in gift-ready packaging along with a care card. They have a No Hassle Refund Policy and will be able to accept returns within 30 days of order receipt.
GemKitty scores highly in several factors. The company does not just provide a great selection of styles and gemstones, their easy-to-use website also comes fully equipped with everything you need to create a stylish, timeless piece of custom jewelry.