Carter Dye Jewelry Design & Repair

Portland, OR

“One of a kind, one at a time”

About

Carter Dye has been passionate about creating the perfect accessories for more than 27 years. Carter’s beginnings in the industry had him designing as a hobby at the early age of 14. His propensity for art and innate creativity led him to pursue his love as his career, and earned him 8 degrees from the Gemological Institute of America where he graduated at the top of his class. The ability to work with any metal, any stone, sketch any design, within just about any budget, is the tip of the iceberg for this talented craftsman.

While Carter is very proficient and experienced in the art of design and manufacturing, he finds that the most rewarding part of the business is the opportunity to interact with his clients. A people person by nature, he enjoys the process of creating that special piece as unique as the person who wears it. To be part of an heirloom that will be in a family for generations to come is a powerful relationship.

Because Carter is so versatile and able to work with any medium, he can also work within the scope of your budget. While many master jewelers are only willing to work with precious stones and metals, Carter can build your dream piece around your realistic budget.

Client Reviews


great communication,very professional and excellent work.
Frank P

For "A 100 year old pencil holder", Source: CustomMade.com


Carter amazed me. I had a vague idea of creating 3 bracelets for my daughters incorporating my grandfather’s WWII dog tags. Carter took it from there. He asked me about color preferences, favorite stones, etc. and when he was done I was blown away. So beautiful. These are destined to become family heirlooms.
Dave B

For "Looking for 3 custom bracelets.", Source: CustomMade.com


Carter was really easy to work with. He was enthusiastic about my project from the start, and really flexible and helpful. The finished product is beautiful, and just what I was hoping for. The only trouble I ran into was the info that I posted to him through this site didn’t always get communicated.
Daniel A

For "Engagement ring", Source: CustomMade.com


I could not be more happy with my new rings and the experience as a whole. Carter was so accommodating and a pleasure to work with. He made my rings exactly how I wanted them and was more then willing and eager to please. He was accommodating with our budget. I can not wait to begin another project with him. I would recommend carter to anyone and I am already bragging about him to all of my friends. He did such a beautiful job and has such high quality work he far extended past my expectations.
Tosha L

For "I would like to custom design a new wedding ring", Source: CustomMade.com


The ring I brought to Carter is a family heirloom and needed some serious TLC. I never once felt nervous about the process of restoring this ring because Carter was always a text or an email away. Anytime I had a question he was quick to provide answers and got the whole project finished in a week. He brought the ring back to life and I think it looks like it must have looked the day it was made. I will definitely be call on Carter’s business again for projects in the future!!! Thank you, thank you!
Melanie A

For "Repair Request", Source: CustomMade.com


Item was made with complete precision, exactly as I requested. Carter was easy to work with, a real pleasure, and finished the project early. He requested my input on all details and worked with me to be sure I was 100% happy with the finished product. I have complete confidence that Carter can handle any project presented to him as he is a very skilled artisan.
Diane

For "Silver Unified Heart Necklace", Source: CustomMade.com


Carter was very kind and attentive to my request. He remade my mom’s ring for my daughter and it is just beautiful. The price was extremely reasonable for the quality that I received. I would highly recommend Carter to any one looking for a repair, remake or custom piece of jewelry. Hands down he is truly wonderful.

Eve W

For "ring repair/remake", Source: CustomMade.com


Carter was so wonderful to work with. He met us whenever we were available, talked through ideas and really made my fiancé and I rings that were unique and special. He worked within our budgets and even came up with ideas to add to our original design. Being local was extremely easy and never was I kept out of the loop in the design process. I would recommend him to anyone who needed jewelry made. Thanks, Carter!
Benjamin N

For "Men's Wedding Ring", Source: CustomMade.com


Working with Carter was great! he was very professional and worked with me to make sure I got exactly what I was looking for in my budget. He worked very hard and was even done a early but time and consideration was still taken with every detail of the ring he made for me and he was able to fulfill all requests made including finding a conflict free diamond. Over all I was very happy with the time effort and final product.
Gareth

For "Engagment ring.", Source: CustomMade.com


Working with Carter was great. He listened to what I was looking for and had it made in no time at all.
Brian W

For "Necklace", Source: CustomMade.com


Carter was an amazing person to work with! He was very prompt to respond to my questions and all messages in general. I can tell from our conversations and his sketches that he is very skilled and knows his trade. From planning to completion the project moved forward at a great pace and I feel I got the final product quick but not rushed in any way.
Chris K

For "Engagement Ring", Source: CustomMade.com

Frequently Asked Questions

What education and/or training do you have?
Graduate Jeweler/Gemologist (GJG) from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
How did you get started in Jewelry design?

I became interested in jewelry design as a teenager, and quickly learned that I had a knack for manufacturing.

For my high school graduation present, my mother gave me a jeweler’s bench, tools, and equipment, and I immediately started working on projects for friends and family.

My business grew rapidly from their referrals, so I decided to expand my knowledge by attending the Gemological Institute of America, and graduated in 1996 with my GJG degree.

I became a master jeweler shortly after graduating, and have been using my skill set to make beautiful custom pieces ever since.

What types of customers do you work with?
I have experience working with customers from all walks of life!

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