Commissioning bespoke jewellery isn’t for everyone – some people need to see a piece before they buy it, but many love the process of the getting jewellery designed, indeed, most of my clients are returning ones. A commissioned piece of jewellery is then unique, emotionally charged and will carry a story to be passed to future generations. Here’s how it works..
There always needs to be a design consultation, this is much easier in person as then ideas bounce freer. Once I have clear objectives of what a client wants, and importantly what they want to spend, I can go away and source the gemstones and start designing. I try to narrow down the design ideas to ideally no more than three or four illustrations and gemstones/diamonds as else it’s very difficult to decide! I’m always happy to make little mock-ups for the client to hold against them. Once a decision has been made a 50% deposit is paid with the remainder due on delivery.
I believe passionately that you should use the best people for the job and this is why the craftsmen I use I have worked with for over 20 years at some of the best jewellery houses. First there will be a jewellery mounter who will work the metal into shape, next is the stone setter – this again is a specialised and painstaking job. Once the stones are all set securely the piece will pass to the polishers – yet another trained craftsman. The item will need to be hallmarked at the assay office and then a quick polish again before it adorns it’s new owner.
There are also hand engravers for those special messages, pearl stringers, stone cutters (lapidaries). It’s a wonderful industry and I very am proud to be part of it.
I am a trained gemmologist and have always worked making high quality one-offs and client commissions, I’ve worked on crowns for coronations, diamond tiaras for weddings, silver commemorative pieces for guilds, no day is ever the same.
I design my pieces to be full of character and sentiment whilst being exquisitely made & classically beautiful – something you want to cherish and wear time and time again. It’s most certainly a journey and I’m very privileged to travel it with my clients. If you would like to commission a piece, no matter how big or small I’d love to hear from you.