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How to commission a piece of jewellery

One of the perks of buying from an independent designer is the ability to enter into discussions with your jeweller about your own preferences, your ideas, your likes and dislikes, and it brings such joy to both the craftsperson and the client when we can make your piece absolutely personal to you.

The techniques and processes I use ensure that every piece of jewellery I make is unique in its own way. But sometimes you might want something absolutely one-of-a-kind, and in these cases, I can either adapt a current design to your preferences, or create something entirely new.

There are so many beautiful reasons...


Beautiful new packaging

After months of planning and trials, I am so happy to finally reveal the beautiful new packaging that your jewellery will be wrapped in.

 

Gold Droplet Studs


I've created two sizes of simple, versatile fabric bags, made in small batches by myself in organic, Oeko-Tex certified linen - a fabric which I absolutely love for the way it wears and ages beautifully, as well as its ecological and sustainability credentials.


The smaller sized pouch is perfect for holding earrings, rings and other small items, while the larger size is specially designed...


Beautiful simplicity in complicated times

Last week I released my final pieces of jewellery for the summer, and the pieces which have been forged during the most unusual, unexpected times. I have been truly moved by the response and the kind words from many of you about this jewellery, at this time, and I'm thrilled and honoured that it speaks to you in the way in which it was intended - of gentle joys, quiet moments and simple beauty. In many ways, this has been a challenging collection to put together. In other ways, it has been the most natural emergence of pendants and bracelets from my bench for a...


Why Jewellery?

Why jewellery?

I was recently asked - why jewellery? As someone who doesn’t wear much jewellery, what is it about this discipline, these pieces and this particular branch of contemporary craft that appeals to me? Why do I choose to make jewellery?

When put on the spot, I answered that I just always have. As a child my biggest hobby was stringing beads together and, as today, the process was my biggest joy. I often didn’t wear the beads that I’d strung, it was the very act of choosing them, handling them and making with them that I found exciting.


On being mindful of my materials

Recycled gold grains on a soft grey background

One of the things that really fires me up about the jewellery that I make is the natural beauty of the materials I use. Of course, I don’t use pure gold or silver - that would be prohibitively expensive and totally impractical! But the elemental nature of the precious materials, and the exquisite wonder of precious and semi-precious gemstones.

Although Sarah Ruth Stanford Jewellery is a small business and a very tiny part of the jewellery industry, out of respect for these natural materials I...