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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 to commission a truly special piece for yourself or your love. It could be to mark a celebration or a memorable moment in time - a birthday or anniversary, the birth of a child or the loss of a loved one - or it could be for no other reason than wanting to give or receive something just right.

I'm going to briefly talk through some of the ways of creating a bespoke piece of jewellery, and read on to find out how to get a beautifully simple guide to making the most of your experience.

To begin with, here are some ideas for adapting any of my designs to make a piece absolutely perfect for that special person (I hope it goes without saying that that special person can absolutely be yourself - I believe that gifting something meaningful to yourself at any time of the year is a beautiful and empowering and I will do everything I can to help facilitate that for you, guilt free):

  • It can be, and often is, as simple an idea as making a piece from the website in a different metal, a Droplet necklace in 18 carat gold rather than the 9 carat listed on the website, for example
  • Earrings can be adapted to feature a different ear hook or post, or pierced earrings can sometimes be made into clip earrings. I have made hoop earrings into studs, and stud earrings into drops, according to the customers wishes
  • Personalisation - I don't talk about it much (perhaps I should!) but if you would like a piece to feature dates or initials, this is usually possible. The Droplet pieces lend themselves so well to featuring initials, perhaps of children or grandchildren, partners or siblings, or other meaningful letters or numbers
  • Mixing metals - you might like a gold pendant on a silver chain, or vice versa
  • Creating a pendant without a chain, so that you can add it to your own favourite neck chain - again, the Droplets are perfect for this
  • Gemstones - if you have a particular favourite gemstone it is often possible to incorporate this into a design. Sometimes this will be very straightforward, other times it might be a little more complex, but either way all you need to do is ask, and we can work together to find a way to make it happen
  • Clasps - changing the size or shape of a bracelet or necklace clasp to make it easier for someone who struggles with their hands to use

(This is a short list and is by no means the limit of what can be done. It's also worth remembering that some adaptions can be made anytime, throughout the year - you can always contact me about things like altering the length of a chain, or making a bracelet bigger or smaller.)

For something a little more complex, we might discuss the possibility of a commission, which will be designed uniquely for you, with you (if you will be the wearer) or the intended recipient (if it is to be a gift) in mind the whole time.

You will have a say over the style, the gemstones that are included, the type of setting, the feeling that you hope to convey. When I undertake a commission my aim is always to interpret your ideas and build them into a design which is even better than you could have imagined, and you will feel included and involved every step of the way.

I have created a beautifully simple guide - 10 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Jewellery Commission Experience - which I would love you to take a look at. It is available here, and I hope it offers some inspiration for your jewellery journey, now or in the future. 

If you would like to chat about options for creating an extra-special piece of jewellery, feel free to get in touch with me at info@sarahruthstanford.com. There is no obligation, of course, but it's sometimes helpful to put your thoughts out there if only to find some clarity.

Download your PDF here - A Simple Guide to Commissioning Jewellery


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