Are you thinking of investing in a bespoke piece of jewellery? It’s an incredibly exciting time, but it can also be a little overwhelming. If you’re new to the process it can be tricky to know where to start.
A consultation is usually the first step when having anything bespoke made. This is one of the most important steps in the process. It will help the jewellers to get to know you and integrate your unique story into the design. To get the most out of your consultations, consider a few of the topics below so you’re ready with all the information that you’ll need to get it just right.
Build a Mood Board of Inspirations
It’s a good idea to spend some time on sites like Pinterest making mood boards. Also, check out jewellery stores in order to find out what you like. What style of jewellery makes your eyes light up? Collect some visual examples of styles, materials, and colour pallets that catch your eye. The more the better! Don’t worry though, they’ll never copy a design! Simply use them to find out what you’re naturally drawn to.
Consider Your Budget
How much do you want to spend? Remember, your piece will be completely original and is, therefore, an investment piece. So think realistically about how much the cost might be, and how much you are willing to spend. The jewellers will be able to advise on what materials and designs best match your budget. Chapter 79 can take you through the whole process from start to finish, though there are a few things you should consider before having a consultation.
Think About Materials
Carefully consider what materials you would like to use. The range of metals, stones, and other mediums on offer is growing, your options are no longer limited to gold and silver, for example. You now have the choice of contemporary materials such as carbon fibre, tantalum, titanium, and stainless steel. In addition to what materials you would like, you also have the option to repurpose older pieces. If you have some jewellery that’s been handed down and/or has significant meaning to you, you have the option to make a new sentimental item with some of the precious elements of an old one.
Got a Deadline?
It’s imperative that you let the jewellers know in your first consultation if you have a deadline. Are you hoping to get your piece made for a special event, or in time for a proposal? They need to know so they can meet your expectations. Be clear about your deadline, while understanding that the amount of time it takes will depend on the complexity of your design. To be safe, give yourself lots of time to get this process started.
Lastly, all that’s left to do is enjoy this creative process – it can be a real joy. It’s an experience not many people get to have, so make sure you make the most of it. Don’t worry about a thing, you’ll be guided every step of the way.