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 jewellery commissioning. If you have any questions, just get in touch.
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).
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).
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).
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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Set of platinum and wedding rings.
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.