Have you ever experienced ordering bespoke jewellery?
I love making bespoke jewellery because it's jewellery that has a special story to tell- a story that is unique to you, the person I am creating the jewellery for! Regardless of whether it's for yourself or if it's meant to be gifted, there is such a wonderful personal approach to creating bespoke jewellery.
I've made jewellery from heirlooms, personalised jewellery dedicated to a significant other, jewellery to be gifted to parents and friends, etc. In the process, I learn a little bit about my customers, working with them in understanding how I can best design and create the jewellery they had in mind.
I believe it's such a special privilege to create bespoke jewellery because it's so personal and encapsulates a unique part of your story. So I thought the very least I can do is let you know what to expect when ordering a bespoke piece from me!
Let's have a chat!
We'll first have a conversation about who the jewellery is for, your inspiration behind having a bespoke piece created and details like colour, symbols and anything else you'd like to be represented in your jewellery. We'll also chat about timelines, budget and any questions you might have about the making process.
This is more or less where I'll be asking you a lot of questions so I can form your design brief.
Sketching out ideas
Depending on the piece and how complicated it might be, I might sketch a design for you to give you an idea of what the jewellery will look like. Sometimes this is not a full sketch, most of the time I did this to communicate how a stone might sit on a setting that's been requested.
I normally send sketches over to clients within a day or two after our chat. We can then tweak the design to your liking before moving on to the next step. You can be as involved with this design stage as you like!
Once the design has been finalised, I get to work on sourcing the materials for your request. Where possible, I use 100% recycled precious metals (like sterling silver or gold) and ethically sourced gemstones. That said, this is not always available, and I make sure you are aware either way. This can all depend on budget and product availability.
Before I make the purchase, I draft a quote with the materials worked in, and either take a deposit or full payment before creating your piece.
About choosing gemstones
Depending on the gemstone and the choices available, I sometimes work with clients in choosing a stone for their bespoke jewellery. This is after all an important choice, as it's the crowning feature of this special piece!
A note on changing designs: I fully appreciate that creating a piece of jewellery especially to your liking is 100% important. However, in the spirit of transparency, it's also important for me to highlight that at this stage, I would have already given a lot of care and attention to your beautiful piece. Any change in design would therefore incur further costs in the process.
Bringing your jewellery design to life
This is the fun part! I love getting my clients involved by sharing behind-the-scenes photos of the different stages in the jewellery production process.
A firm favourite is a sneak peek on the gemstone setting stage- this is where everything comes together and is just a beautiful process to see.
Sometimes, clients request a hand-written note or gift-wrapping for their bespoke jewellery. I also send pictures of finished packaging so you know what to expect. If the jewellery is for a friend, you'll then have an insight of their personalised gift unboxing experience.
And there you have it! If you are interested in commissioning a piece of jewellery from me, or have any questions about the whole process, do drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.