How To Commission A Beautiful Piece Of Jewellery

Posted by Katie Gowers on

Have you ever thought about commissioning a piece of beautiful jewellery to be made especially for you? 

It had never crossed my mind before I started making jewellery that this was something I could do! 

As a jewellery designer and maker, I now realise it is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.

So, do you have a beautiful outfit that you would love to have matching jewellery for? 

Or, maybe you are looking to buy a gift for someone special to show them how much you care? 

You might need a size we don't stock or a want to adapt an existing design of ours to suit your style. 

Whatever your reason for approaching us, you are very welcome.  

We love working on commissions because we love making pieces with a specific person or occasion in mind. 

So why not get in touch?

But, before you do, we have included below a list of questions you might want to consider and a quick guide to how the process works. That way you know what to expect. 

Sterling silver ring

Things to think about

When we get a request for a commission we start by getting to know you and what you are looking for. Questions we may ask include:

 

1. Do you need the jewellery by a specific date?

Not allowing enough time is the most common reason that we have to turn down commissions. 

We need time to design your item, order new materials, schedule it around our existing commitments and get it in the post with plenty of time.

Basically, the sooner you get in touch the better! 

 

2. Do you have a budget in mind?

This means we can tailor the quote to your requirements. 

It can affect both the cost of the materials we use and how complex the design can be. 

Having said that our products have a wide range of prices so please don't be put off if you don't have a huge budget!

We will always try and find ways to get the most from your budget - we love a challenge. 

 

3. Is this a piece for you or a gift for someone else?

Are we making something for you? Is it a gift for a birthday or special occasion? 

It's nice to build a picture of who we are making something for. 

We don't need to know anything personal (obviously) but if there are colour schemes or styles we should keep in mind feel free to mention it. 

It can also be useful to know if, for example, we need to consider how easy a clasp is to use due to difficulties in using or seeing small or fiddly items.

Braided necklace

4. Is your design based on one of our existing pieces? If so, what are we changing?

Sometime a commission doesn't require a completely new design. 

For example, we often get requests for an existing design in a new colour scheme. 

 

5. Are you thinking about particular materials?

Like many other sellers our prices are impacted by the cost of the materials used. 

We need to know before we write a quote if you have specific materials in mind. 

If they aren't materials we already work with, we will do some research before we write the quote to ensure we can source them within the budget and timeline we are discussing. 

 

6. Do you know what size you want? 

As the jewellery is being made for you we can make it to the size you want! 

This becomes more challenging when you are buying for someone else. 

See our sizing guide for some tips: https://katiegowersdesign.co.uk/pages/size-guide

We can also offer some advice about popular sizes if you aren't sure. 

 

 7. What colour palette are you thinking of?

Perfectly matching colours to items of clothing is almost impossible especially if we are working from photographs. 

We know how much work goes in to photographing our items to show the colours correctly and even then the screen it is displayed on can dramatically change it's appearance. 

As a result we will never be able to guarantee a colour match. 

Having said that, colour features prominently in our designs so we often have commissions with colour schemes specified. 

Feel free to send us photographs (pictured in natural light from a window) but also describe the colour scheme to us. 

Are you looking for "Barbie pink" or Magenta? Soft pastels or bold and bright colours? Are there any colours you want to avoid? 

We can then build a collection of colours that are complimentary and fit your style

 

8. Where are we sending the final product (UK or overseas)

This is critical for us to know in advance!

It will have an impact on your budget as postage is considerably more for destinations outside of the UK. 

It can also affect deadlines. For example, at busy times like Christmas post to the USA and Canada can take weeks to clear customs and be delivered!

 

These initial questions are designed to quickly identify whether we can help you and what options or designs we can offer you. 

Very occasionally we will turn down a request for a commission. We really don't like doing this and will always do what we can to avoid it if possible.  

Typically, once we understand what you need, we will write a quote and email you with details. 

 

The quote

This quote will include details of the price, estimated despatch date, and a description of what we would be making. 

This is a critical part of the process. 

It is your chance to carefully check that we have understood what you are looking for. 

You have no obligation to buy from us just because you have got in touch. 

We want you to be comfortable and to feel happy with the process and what you're buying. 

You should read the quote very carefully.

If anything is not as you expect (or is unclear) please email us back with questions. 

Once you have read the quote you have several options:

  1. Accept the quote and pay for the item 
  2. Reject the quote 
  3. Ask more questions to further clarify what you are looking for and request an amended quote

We won't be offended whichever choice you make! 

People reject quotes for all sorts of reasons and we understand. 

We will never harass you for an answer or try and pressure you in to buying from us.

 How to commission a beautiful piece of jewellery

Next steps

If you accept the quote, we will send out details of how to pay for the commissioned item.

It is our policy to ask for full payment in advance. This is so that we can source any new materials and schedule the work required in to our diary. 

Once we receive payment, we will send you a confirmation email and add your commission to our schedule. 

We will order any new materials we need and then start to make your new jewellery (exciting times)!

We will of course keep you up to date with our progress and will let you know when the order is posted to you. 

And that's it! 

Did you know that you are covered by our refund policy for this type of purchase and you can find a copy of this at: https://katiegowersdesign.co.uk/pages/refund-policy?

We know it can be intimidating to initiate conversations about commissions (especially if you haven't before) but please be reassured that we are happy to help. 

There is nothing more rewarding for us than designing and making something special that is just right for you! 

So, get in touch and start a conversation with us today.

We'd love to see if we can help.

Get in touch

Contact us by email at katiegowersdesign@gmail.com

Want to see our existing designs? Click on the images below to see some of our collections. 

What would you commission?

What item of jewellery would you commission? Would it be for you or for someone else? Have you got an outfit that you would love to match a beautiful piece of jewellery with? We would love to hear what you think.

Let us know in the comments.

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