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Silver jewellery commissions

Get the design you have always wanted: custom one off pieces.

Most of my jewellery pieces have a lot of meaning for my customers. It may be to mark an occasion, for others it might be to celebrate the life of someone special, even pets.

Sometimes it’s just for personal pampering, which is just fine too!

Whatever the reason, your idea will be treated with the same respect you would give it and all stones or inlaid items are treated with care and dignity.

Bring your innovative, sentimental or even downright crazy ideas to life – give me a call. I love challenges so do get in touch if you would like something truly individual made.

Step 1 in commissioning jewellery

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Discuss Designs

Your commission starts with a chat (via email, phone or face-to-face).
We’ll discuss your ideas and your budget.

Step 2 in commissioning jewellery

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Concept Drawings

I will do sketches to refine your ideas or generate further ideas if needed.
These ideas are refined until you’re happy with the overall design.

Step 3 in commissioning jewellery

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Making it

Your piece is then crafted by hand, using your chosen materials.
A fitting may be required on some jewellery items.

Step 4 in commissioning jewellery

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Safe Delivery

Once made, your jewellery can can be posted or collected.
All jewellery is sent Special Delivery.

Moon Stars and Ohm

We get a huge variety of requests but not all of them make it through to the bench. We were asked by a potential client down south to produce a quote and drawing for a Moon Stars and Ohm symbol. This the first iteration: This pendant was to be laser engraved on a...

Company Pendant

This was an interesting pendant design in that my client wanted the company logo engraved onto a silver disc. StormFishMarine are specialists in scuba-diving training and have a jolly Roger style of emblem. Artwork supplied The logo supplied was a pixel-based image...

3 Elephants Pendant

Brief Create an elephant pendant in sterling silver with three elephants - one adult and two juniors. We started off with some ideas on style and then worked on how the three might interact to form a solid enough piece for the pendant.The final piece The result was...

School leaving do gifts

The Brief This commission was for some fun leaving gifts for fellow staff members at a local school.I added a little texture the back to give them some character too.

Tree of Life Pendant

This tree of life pendant is a substantial piece. Made from several layers of sterling silver and then coloured up, it certainly makes a bold statement.

Super Ferret Pendant

A jeweller is also a sculptor The fun and challenging thing about my day to day work is that it constantly pushes me to learn new skills. One of those is sculpture. I'll often be asked to create something in 3D and that makes the whole piece a lot more...
Sterling silver scorpio pendant and keyring
concept drawing of a silver spiral bracelet

My pieces are created in fine silver, sterling silver and gold. They include set gemstones or fused glass to a design you specify. I will also incorporate, where possible, any other material that has special meaning to you. Usually this is done through the use of settings or resins and is typically done for things like commemorative jewellery.

Bespoke is such an over-used word but it really does describe how personalised your jewellery can be. Whatever you’d like made, call or email me to find out more about the steps involved in getting your jewellery made. Together we’ll look at the options and best way to create your magic piece. You’ll get a good idea of what to expect along the way as drawings will be supplied.

Commission considerations

To give you a start, below is a list of things to think about when deciding what you’d like:

  • Type – Ring, pendant, bracelet, earrings, cuff
  • Size – is the piece going to be a bold size?
    Ring size, pendant size, chain length. If it’s for someone else, be sure to get their size as on some designs the piece may need to be remade if the incorrect size is requested.
  • Feature – Main design features
  • Colour or type of stones
  • Material – 9ct or 18ct gold (rose, yellow, white), fine silver, sterling silver
  • Symbolism – are there any meaningful symbols or motifs you would like included in the design?
  • Style – Do you have any images of the styles that you like?
  • Match – Are there other items of jewellery in your collection that this piece will go along side?
  • Deadline – Do you need it for a particular date or specific occasion?
  • Engraving – Do you need to add text or a special message?
  • Textures – What surface finishes do you like?
  • Theme – there a theme or era to this piece of jewellery?
  • Weight – Do you want it super-light or do you like a weighty, chunky feel?
  • Budget -It is useful to give your jeweller a budget as quoting is a time consuming task. Without a budget, we have no idea what constraints to design within.

Have a think about what you want. Sketch it out, or search for examples on Pinterest and Instagram. You can never have too many ideas or too much inspiration. Work on the idea for a bit and then let your brain mull it over for a while.

Often, the perfect design will just emerge from all the designs you’ve been thinking about. You can’t beat a pencil and paper to iron out your ideas. It’s also a great way of conveying more closely what is needed from your jeweller.

I do not copy other people’s designs so would not be able to duplicate a piece that you have seen exactly. I can, however, use it as inspiration and create a jewellery piece that is of a similar theme or “in-the-style-of”. If you’re getting something created, it might as include your own input to make it special and different.is takes some time. What other design elements could you include, what would you prefer to be changed? Let me know these and I’ll include them in the ideas.

Please send me a sketch rather than photos you’ve discovered online.

This helps me to keep the ideas fresh and offer you something even more unique. Add your own input into your sketch – it’s so much more rewarding if you added your own ideas.

Here’s an example of one of my rings – a day of the dead ring – that was commissioned.

Sketch out your design

Get your creative cap on, grab a pencil or a mouse, and start sketching.

Adobe Sketch is a great drawing tool for jewellery design for those of you who have a tablet or are happy drawing with a mouse. Alternatively, design your bespoke piece on paper, photograph it with your phone and email it over.

The commission process is a collaborative process. Your initial design may transform along the way, becoming something even better. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable process seeing a piece or design come together. Seeing it in the flesh, and wearing it, is very rewarding.

If you’d like to know more: Call me on 015395 63313 or us the contact page.

Quotes

Quotes take a huge amount of time to put together. I consider multiple options when putting together a quote and sometimes this can take hours to do. It means you get all the choice and a clear and accurate costing.In order to the put the quote together, I need to work out how I will make the piece. This is often not straight forward and takes time to work out. This, in turn, takes a considerable amount of time to draw / write up in order to convey the options.

Please bear with me if this takes some time.