Jewellery Commissioning

What is Jewellery Commissioning?

Jewellers (and other makers and artist) often refer to ‘commissions’, but what does commissioning actually mean? I have previously been asked by people – sometimes in an embarrassed tone – “what does jewellery commissioning mean?” In fact, there should be no hesitation in asking the question, because I believe it means different things to different people.

For me, working to commission is to offer clients the opportunity to have an input into their piece of jewellery. Essentially, the client likes my style of work, and there are several particular elements of which they would like to include into their design. The final piece will bring together these elements to create a one off piece of jewellery that is in keeping with my style of work. Here are some examples of my wedding and engagement ring commissioning. If you have any questions, just get in touch.

Ring Commissioning - Example 18

I met my client at Made by Hand Cheltenham, and she loved a selection of my peridot two band rings and two stone aquamarine ring (shown below left). We came up with a ring design that pulled together all the elements she liked to create a one-off ring design just for her.

Ring commission by Sue Lane - designer of one-off jewellery commissions

Hi Sue, I wanted to let you know that my lovely ring arrived safely this morning. I am thrilled and delighted...thank you so much. Take care and thanks again for all your efforts. Regards, JS 

Contemporary Ring Commission - Example 17

My client and I worked by email to come up with a jewellery design that was a combination of various rings from my website. The ring, a three band, two tone ring is really significant to her, in memory of her mum, holding together her and her family - with a lovely sparkly diamond to reflect her mum. A ring she will wear everyday and enjoy. She took inspiration from the two rings below left, shown online here (Below: top left) and here (below: bottom left)

Contemporary ring commission by Sue Lane with 18ct gold and diamonds

Hi Sue, I received my ring and I love it, thank you so much. I felt a bit emotional when I saw it there. My wee mum would have loved it too. X. EH

Stacking Engagement and Wedding Ringset Commission - Example 16

My clients visited my jewellery studio and we tried lots of designs and came up with a design for a chunky stacking engagement and wedding ring set. I sourced a beautiful pink sapphire very similar to the one the client fell in love with in the studio. However, no two stones are exactly the same, and for that reason, we decided she should have the stone she saw! I love the weight and feel of the ring set, and the large baby pink sapphire worked beautifully.

Stacking engagement and wedding ring set commission.

Thank you so, so much, the rings are absolutely stunning; I love them! They sit beautifully together; although the wedding band has now been stowed away until our wedding in July. My partner also says they're absolutely gorgeous! S

Ruby Wedding Ring Commission - Example 15

A few years ago I met a lovely couple at Desire fair, London. I was asked by him to make a one-off ringset as a birthday gift for her. We took inspiration from my contemporary silver, 18ct gold and aquamarine ring. I made a stacking ringset using a lovely dark blue aquamarine and she was delighted with it (top left).

Ruby anniversary ring commission - one-off design - bespoke and unique.

Fast forward several years and my client asked me if I could make a ruby ring for their ruby wedding anniversary as a surprise for her. I sourced a beautiful oval ruby to add a little contrast to the pear shape aquamarine. It worked beautifully nestled with the existing stacking ringset and can be worn in any combination. 

My clients loved the ring and I was delighted to be a small part of their celebrations. I also like the way the aquamarine and ruby ring can stack together on their own too. The aquamarine represents the birthstone for March and the ruby represents 40 years of marriage. 

Thank you Sue, it arrived safely and in such a pretty box. The ruby is truly beautiful and they are so happy together. Thank you so much M&D

Jewellery Commission Example 14

Very occasionally I exhibit jewellery at independent galleries. One of these was a ring exhibition with Anne Morgan Gallery in South Wales. One of their clients like my contemporary tourmaline ring, but wanted the same version with a ruby to celebrate her ruby wedding anniversary. It was a beautiful combination and one she was delighted with.

Commission an engagement ring, anniversary ruby ring

Jewellery Commission Example 13

I met my client whilst exhibiting at Goldsmiths Fair following on from meeting on Instagram. She loved one of my rings I had posted on my Instagram feed (left image) and wanted to commission her own version. I sourced a beautiful pink sapphire to match the colour of one of my other bespoke rings she loved - 18ct gold and pink sapphire two band ring - and made it in 18ct white and yellow gold (right image).

18ct white and yellow gold pink sapphire ring commission bespoke handmade uk Sue Lane

Hi Sue,
The ring just arrived. You realised exactly what I wanted, the size is perfect and the ring is very comfortable, easy to wear with many styles of clothes.
Thanks a lot.

Jewellery Commission Example 12

My client loved my silver and 18ct gold and diamond ring with a lovely round diamond (left image), however preferred palladium, so I made a version with matt palladium bands and polished setting (centre and right image).

Palladium and diamond ring commission unique bespoke remodelled handmade by Sue Lane UK

Hi Sue,
It has arrived! Thank you soo much!! It fits perfectly and I absolutely LOVE it!! It is right up my street and I cant wait to show it off to the world!  Thanks a million!
Kind Regards JS

Jewellery Commission Example 11

My client asked me to source a princess cut diamond to give to his wife for their anniversary. After their special day they came to the studio together and designed a ring with me based on my 18ct gold six band "Russian style" ring (image on the left). She was delighted with the final piece which she wears everyday (image centre and right).

Jewellery commission. Commissioning rings. Handmade, unique, modern and contemporary. Russian Style.

Love, love, love my ring, thank you so much Sue. SK

Jewellery Commission Example 10

My client approached me to make a one off piece for her based on my unique, bespoke and contemporary aquamarine and diamond ring design which she fell in love with on my website (image on left). She wanted to include her own diamond. The final design included two white diamonds and a pear shape aquamarine, on a three band ring design (centre and right).

Jewellery commission. Commissioning rings. Handmade, unique, modern and contemporary

I've just got back from a couple of weeks away and would like to thank you so much for reworking my stone into something truly beautiful, thank you so much it's an amazing transformation and the fit is just right. WH

Jewellery Commission Example 9

My client wanted a ring for his wife’s 40th birthday surprise gift. He really like my palladium, diamond and green tourmaline ringset (image on the left) but wanted a cornflower blue sapphire. I sourced a very special stone, and created this one-off ring (the commission is pictured centre and right).

Bespoke, modern, contemporary and unique wedding engagement birthday or anniversary ring commission.

The ring looks lovely and she’s really pleased. Thank you so much for all your help. AT

Jewellery Commission Example 8

My clients asked for a combination of my 18ct white and yellow gold two band ring (top left) and my two band modern 18ct gold ring with pave set diamonds ring (bottom left) to celebrate her wedding anniversary. The finished commission is on the right.

Jewellery commission. Commissioning wedding engagement rings. Handmade, unique, modern and contemporary.

Thank you so much Sue - the ring is really beautiful and just what I wanted. We have a lunch party on Sunday to celebrate and I will enjoy showing it off! HK

Jewellery Commission Example 7

I met my client at Goldsmiths Fair and she fell in love with this palladium, yellow gold and diamond ring but wanted to commission the ring with more yellow gold. Changing the balance of metal with the bands and loop gave here exactly the right balance. It was a perfect alternative eternity ring that she can wear and treasure very day.

modern three band gold and palladium stacking ring with pave diamonds eternity ring jewellery commission 2

modern three band gold and palladium stacking ring with pave diamonds eternity ring jewellery commission 1

Hi Sue,

It's lovely. Just what I was looking for! Thank you so much,

I’m very happy. LC

Jewellery Commission Example 6

My client commissioned me to design a new eternity ring and engagement ring around her own wedding band (the central ring shown here). The final stack of three bands worked together beautifully, marring the widths and depth her wedding ring. She was delighted and is happily wearing them everyday.

Jewellery commissioning engagement ring bespoke handmade Sue Lane
They’re here!

Absolutely stunning. Thank you so much Sue, you’ve been great and I’ll definitely be back for more jewellery in the future. HF

Jewellery Commission Example 5

My client saw my jewellery at a show and loved the gold and sapphire ring set (below left), but was looking to incorporate a yellow sapphire and marquise diamond. After several meetings to clarify the design and select stones, I made this platinum ring set, incorporating my clients choice of stones and a gold and cognac diamond eternity ring. The design allows for other rings to sit together to create versatile stacking rings.

Unusual, unique, bespoke and modern platinum marquise diamond wedding and engagement ring set handmade to commission by designer Sue Lane Contemporary Jewellery, UK

Jewellery Commission Example 4

My client was looking to re-model her engagement ring to work with both her wedding band and eternity ring. She particularly liked my square diamond set in white and yellow gold in this design.

Unusual, unique, bespoke and modern white and yellow gold square diamond wedding and engagement ring set handmade to commission by designer maker Sue Lane Contemporary Jewellery, UK

We changed the shape of the band to match her own rings perfectly. The finished commissioned gold and square diamond ring.

Jewellery Commission Example 3

Another client purchased one of my contemporary silver gold and diamond rings as an engagement ring at a Dazzle exhibition (left).

Unusual, unique, bespoke and modern gold silver and diamond wedding and engagement stacking ring set handmade to commission by designer maker Sue Lane Contemporary Jewellery, UK

The couple wanted the wedding ring to be incorporated into the engagement ring. They also knew they wanted 18ct white gold wedding rings, and after further discussions we decided to upgrade the silver ring to a palladium ring, 

Jewellery Commission Example 2

A client really liked my platinum and pave diamond ring, below left.


Unusual, unique, bespoke and modern white and yellow gold square diamond wedding and engagement ring set handmade to commission by designer maker Sue Lane Contemporary Jewellery, UK

She really wanted both rings to be the same width with a polished finish, therefore I sourced a similar diamond and created the unique platinum and diamond ring set above right. 

The same platinum and diamond ring set was the starting point for the ring below.  This time the client wanted a very good quality pear shape emerald set into platinum

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Jewellery Commission Example 1

The silver and diamond ring below is a very popular eternity style design which I have made to commission in numerous ways to celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, birth or children etc.


Bespoke and contemporary silver and diamond anniversary ring commission
Contemporary silver and diamond ring.

Modern platinum and diamond wedding rings made to commission

Set of platinum and wedding rings.

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This design has 11 diamonds set at the front, and 3 diamonds at the band to represent 3 children. 

Other jewellery commissioning information

  • Jewellery commissioning works best when the client already has an idea of what they want and can verbalise the elements they would like to use from my style.
  • Jewellery commissioning does not mean asking me to make another person or companies design.
  • Please do not ask me to quote for making a piece of jewellery that is based upon another jewellers style. This will not be considered under any circumstances.
  • I only undertake jewellery commissions that are relevant to my style of work and when clients want a piece of jewellery that is unique, yet incorporates elements of my style or current designs.
Ring sizing

Sue makes rings to the size your select when ordering. If the ring does not fit, then she will re-size the ring free of charge (once only) providing:

  1. You (the customer) pay £9 to cover Royal Mail Special Delivery costs for returning the ring to you (can be paid by cheque or back transfer).
  2. You (the customer) ensure it's returned within 14 days of delivery.

Please contact Sue before returning a ring for a re-size; it is so useful to have a discussion to help gauge how much adjustment is needed.

Please note: rings must be returned via Royal Mail Special Delivery and opting for the appropriate insurance option to cover the cost of the item. Sue Lane is not responsible for the delivery costs of returning a ring for re-sizing or for lost or damaged rings whilst in transit. For more details, please read our Returns Policy.

Sue will happily resize, refinish or repolish the ring at any time after the 14 days have expired, but at a cost based on the time needed to fulfil the work which Sue can quote before you return the ring.

Not sure of your ring size?

If you are not sure of your ring size, please contact Sue. She can arrange your order and then post out a free ring sizer to you. You then simply call or email with the measurement.