What is Jewellery Commissioning?
Jewellers (and other makers and artist) often refer to ‘commissions’, but what does it actually mean? I have previously been asked by people – sometimes in an embarrassed tone – “what does 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.
Commission Example 1
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.
Commission Example 2
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.
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,
Commission Example 4
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.
Commission Example 5
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
- 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.
- 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 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.