From conception to completion

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Hey !

Today I thought I would write about custom/bespoke designs and the basic process that we will go through to get a beautiful piece of jewellery for yourself or your loved one. On a single day last week I met with 4 clients (yes 4 …. exciting), two were for collection of custom designs, one was for a final sizing of rings before they are made up in the very luxurious 18ct. gold, also a custom design, and the final meeting was for the start of a engagement ring commission.

 

Silver prototype wedding rings to be sized by clients. one delicate female wedding ring and chunkier male wedding ring made by chloe michell jewellery

 Prototype silver wedding rings to be sized on client. Once done these will be remade in 18ct. gold

I am absolutely delighted I have constant requests for custom/bespoke designs, I am trusted by you, my customers to create the perfect design/s for what ever event you are celebrating. Be it a life commitment to each other, declaration of love, birthdays, anniversaries, memory jewellery, celebration of achievement …. the list is endless. So, I thought I would write a blog for you about the commission process if you are considering commissioning a piece of jewellery.

large emerald ring made in silver with granulation detail around the edge made by chloe michell jewellery

A ring I made to commission. The client provided her own emerald for this ring.

Contact me !! We can do face to face, phone, email , social media, even FaceTime if you wanted. Some clients have a clear idea of what they want, some don’t. We can talk through your ideas, deadlines and general thoughts and begin the process. Below I have listed the things we are likely to discuss.
 Design; What kind of piece of jewellery would you like? Maybe a ring, necklace with personalised charms, bangle sets ……. i could go on but i won’t !
Stones; Do you imagine stones being included, if so what kind ? Birth stones? Children or loved ones birth stones? or just a beautiful gem stone of choice because we like it, maybe you have a stone yourself you would like me to work with ?(blog coming soon on heritage jewellery)

 

a collection of gems used in chloe michell jewellery designs

Selection of gems I keep for commissions and one off designs

Metal; What metal would you like the piece to be made from ? I mainly work in silver but am happy to work in gold at any point. Gold is much more expensive but is always worth the consideration.

brushed 18ct gold wedding rings made by chloe michell jewellery

Finished 18ct wedding rings

 

 

Budget; This one always makes me a little cringe but now after a time of making jewellery I have come to realise this is a Very Very important question. From the clients point of view even if money is no object you will have a vague idea of a budget and how loosely this can be regarded. This is so I can get an idea of what materials are available for me to use in your design, then I can source the best materials for your budget. There is no point me telling you you can have a diamond ring when the budget doesn’t suit, but I will always be able to find a great alternative for you. This just ensures no false promises are made and both the client and myself are comfortable to move forward.
Deadline; the date you expect me to deliver the finished piece. I don’t miss deadlines, even if it means being up 4 days straight to get something finished. I’ve been known to have a pair of earrings made in a day so its always worth an ask if the deadline is very close. If I can’t do it in time i’ll say NO !!!
Once there is a clear idea for design, I will draw up some ideas for you and email them over.

 

Drawings of a commission for a bespoke ring made with the clients own oval emerald to be hand set in silver and to be made by chloe michell jewellery

Drawings for an emerald ring commission I made. Emerald was clients own stone.

Let me know!!Tell me what you think, I may get it right first time, if not we will go back to the drawing board and I will repeat the process until we get the design just right.

“Yes I prefer the stone to be set on a portrait setting but I can’t make my mind up between the top right picture of the “light setting” or the middle top one of the “medium setting”. I think if you do the light then you can always add to it can’t you so I will go with that.”

Above is feed back from the emerald ring design.

 
At this point it is all the housekeeping stuff.
  • Confirmation of sizes (ring sizes, chain lengths etc)
  • Making sure the order details are correct
  • Price
  • Payment method
  • Double checking of deadline
  • Please read terms and conditions for all of the above
Once we have got through all of that I will then personaly make your jewellery for you in my workshop in Cornwall.
chloe michell working at her bench on a gold wedding ring

This is me making wedding rings 🙂

When it has been finished, it comes to you as soon as possible and beautifully packaged. Hopefully you love it as much as I do 🙂

Please note.. my company ethics are those of creating a great experience for my clients. if there is anything you would like to discuss please just contact me !

 

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