Silver jewellery commissions

A great way to get what you want: Designed and customised just for you.

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

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:

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:

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:

Making it

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

step 4:

Safe Delivery

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

Gold Fuscia Pendant

Gold Fuscia pendant with pear shaped Sapphire stone and a custom swing-lid display box A very special 45th wedding anniversary present, this was a challenging piece. My client was very organised and had clear ideas on what he wanted. Being a surprise made it crucial...

Hand-forged men’s knife pendant

This little kukhri men's pendant is currently on the bench and I'll be posting It is forged from 3mm Swedish Damasteel by heating in gas forge and then hammered out. The final shape is ground out and then hand filed. Before it can be etched, the piece must...

Why jewellery commissions are increasing

Changing tastes There is definitely a move towards custom jewellery. I've noticed it over the years. My split of stock versus bespoke work has shifted each year  in favour of customised designs. So why is there a shift? The search for individuality The high...

Dragonfly pendant series

Type: Pendant Commission Materials: Sterling Silver Based on the original sheet metal dragonfly, the series was cast from a master prototype and then each one customised. I've just recently finished a sterling silver dragonfly pendant set for a South African member of...

Jade and silver pendant

Re-using a broken Jade bangle The brief for this was to create a pendant using a broken jade bracelet to make a pendant for an upcoming wedding. The jade had been in their family for a long time and they wanted it to be incorporated into something wearable, in...

Day of the Dead Ring

Day of the Dead Ring This day of the dead ring was among the more nerve-wracking commissions I've done. The 2,000 year old glass was supplied to me in a pendant setting, and was to be reused and set into a sterling silver ring. With such a precious, irreplaceable...

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.

Bespoke is such an over-used word but it really does describe how personalised your jewellery can be. Whatever it is 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.

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

So 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 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. Please bear with me if this takes some time.