COMMISSIONING A BESPOKE PIECE OF JEWELLERY – HOW THE PROCESS WORKS
Whether you are looking for a unique engagement or wedding ring, a one-of-a-kind cocktail ring or simply a variation on one of the designs from our collection we can bring your vision to life. You will be closely involved throughout the design and making process so you can be confident that the result will be exactly as you had envisaged. Every bespoke jewellery commission begins with a no-obligation chat about designs, so if you are considering having a piece made and would like to find out more please get in touch. Browse our inspiration galleries, journal and collections to see designs from our collection and recent bespoke commissions. Location is no object; we create custom made fine jewellery for clients around the world. Find out how our bespoke jewellery process works below.
1 – STARTING THE BESPOKE PROCESS
The process of having bespoke jewellery made begins with an initial chat by phone or email. We will talk through your ideas and inspiration and can offer suggestions based on this. You may already have a clear idea in mind, or may want guidance on design and materials. For inspiration browse our collection, journal and inspiration galleries to see some of the design possibilities. If you see a piece you like we can use this as a starting point for your design. We are always happy to chat so please do get in touch if you would like to talk through options.
2 – HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There is no additional charge for our bespoke service. Every piece of our jewellery is individually made by hand in our workshops using the same processes, and with equal care and precision. Please let us know if you have a budget in mind and we will design within your requirements and recommend designs and gemstones accordingly. If you don’t have a clear budget in mind we will guide you through the options and advise you on the cost of various designs and gemstones to help you make a decision.
3 – REFINING THE DESIGN
The next step is to refine the ideas into a series of designs for you to choose from. To do this we will usually sketch on paper and may also make models in wax or metal. You will be closely involved throughout this process and the designs may evolve through involve several iterations before the final design is reached. If you are based outside of London we will email sketches and photographs to guide you through the design process. We work with clients around the world in this way. Once the design has been agreed we will take a non-refundable deposit (usually 50%) before making begins.
4 – SOURCING DIAMONDS AND GEMSTONES
We can source diamonds and coloured gemstones to suit your requirements and budget. Our gemstones are sourced from trusted suppliers in the UK and Europe and we only use diamonds that are conflict-free. Each year we travel in search of gemstones to add to our collection, seeking out remarkable stones with unusual cuts, vivid colours or exceptional beauty. You are welcome to select from the wide variety of diamonds and coloured gemstones in our collection, or if your design requires something else we will source a selection of stones for you to choose from.
5 – HOW OUR BESPOKE JEWELLERY IS MADE
Depending on the design, making your bespoke piece of jewellery may involve process such as hand-carving in wax, forging and hammer-texturing. Each piece of our jewellery is designed, made and set in-house from start to finish and we complete all work under a microscope for accuracy and precision. We have over 20 years’ experience in bespoke jewellery making and diamond-setting so you can be confident that your jewellery will last for generations.
6 – SEEING YOUR IDEAS COME TO LIFE
Seeing a bespoke design come to life is exciting – the jewellery-making process never loses it’s magic, even for us after all this time! If you would like to see your bespoke piece of jewellery in progress you are welcome to drop in. Please get in touch in advance if you wish to do this.
7 – COMMISSION COMPLETE
When your custom-made piece of jewellery is ready and the balance has been paid the commission is complete. You are welcome to collect your jewellery in person from our London store or we can arrange delivery anywhere in the world. We recommend having your jewellery cleaned and gemstones checked annually and offer this service free to our clients. Please do drop in to see us if you are based locally or visit our jewellery care page to learn more. Taking care of your fine jewellery will ensure it can be enjoyed for generations to come.