THE BESPOKE PROCESS
Being a fan of photography, I like to take pictures of the jewellery being handmade step by step on my workbench, many clients express their wish to have a few snaps emailed to them along the way just to see how it’s coming along and to be sure I’m not going off script with their design.
From the initial process of melting up the precious metal, the filing and shaping of gold or platinum.. and the final stages of securing the gems, it’s all intricate and interesting work.
Some clients express their wish to have a personalised photo album created to memorize the story of their one-off piece of jewellery, just ask me and this can be easily arranged.
THE PROCESS STEP 1
Prior to meeting me, I will obtain from you through email or a phone call what you are looking for in terms of design, type of metal, quality of gemstone and your budget.
I will then source a range of suitable gems, be it diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald etc, for you to view.
This is where my knowledge, integrity and honesty benefits you the client, my business is my pride and joy, so finding you the best material for your budget equally crucial for both me and my clients.
THE PROCESS STEP 2
99% of the time a client has seen or read about the 4 C’s: cut, clarity, colour and carat. Understandably they think that if a certificate says D colour VS1 clarity on ten similar diamonds, that means they should all be of the same quality, but it’s completely untrue.
Every stone has its own characteristics. For example, spread and depth, how much natural sparkle and fire it gives off…So I always show my clients a range of loose stones to look at under a magnifying glass and most importantly in the workshop’s natural daylight to compare all their attributes.
Under the bright lights of a shop or when they are already set into a ring it’s impossible to see the stone’s true characteristics and qualities.
Even on a GIA certified diamond, there are huge differences in the quality of the stone and that’s even if they have exactly the same grading.
One of the biggest problems is certain diamonds having what is known in the trade as a ‘milky’ appearance, this is due to fluorescence inside the diamond. Fluorescence can cause many problems such as the milky look or cloudiness inside the diamond, as well as severely affecting the gemstone’s natural sparkle.
THE PROCESS STEP 3
Once I am satisfied I have sourced the perfect gems I will arrange a day for you to visit me in my workshop where you can see all the traditional tools and watch my team creating beautiful pieces of jewellery.
Then in the privacy of my office, you can sit down and be a part of the design process, exchanging ideas on how you see the final piece looking, while I sketch your one-off piece of jewellery, as well as choosing the perfect gem with my guidance and expertise.
THE PROCESS STEP 4
Once you are happy to go ahead, the making process will begin.
Most pieces take 2-3 weeks to complete depending on the complexity of the design, if a client expresses the desire to come in halfway through the process to see how the ring sits on the finger, and assess the general look and feel before the gems are set into the piece, then that’s always possible.
On completion, I will arrange a day for you to collect your beautiful piece of jewellery.