Make your mark with a unique design
Designing your own bespoke piece of jewellery enables you to create a meaningful, unique item that is tailored to your own individual style.
When Prince Harry proposed to Meghan Markle last November, he presented her with a bespoke engagement ring which combined a brand new diamond with smaller stones from his late mother’s jewellery. And he’s not alone. As the trend for bespoke jewellery continues to take hold, more and more people are rejecting ‘off the shelf’ designs and instead using specialist jewellery design services to create their perfect, one-off piece of jewellery.
Why choose bespoke?
There are many reasons why bespoke jewellery is so popular. First and foremost, it enables you to design something unique that is totally personal to you and that reflects your individual style. And if you are buying jewellery for someone else, your gift will be even more meaningful when they know you’ve personally designed it to match their tastes.
Another key reason why many people choose bespoke jewellery is that it can be a great way to give a new lease of life to a family heirloom, enabling you to reuse precious stones or metal in a brand new piece that combines your own personal style with family tradition.
Last but certainly not least is the enjoyment factor. What could be more fun than sitting down with a jeweller and designing your very own piece of bespoke jewellery? It’s so much more exciting than walking into a store and choosing something off the shelf.
If you are tempted to go down the bespoke route, here are some things you should keep in mind in order to get the best results.
Do your homework
Don’t just turn up at the jewellers with no idea of what you want. It really helps the designer to have a starting point to work from, so do some homework beforehand and find out what you like. Think about what gemstones you like and what metal finishes you prefer – for example do you like white gold, silver and platinum or do you prefer the warmer tones of yellow and rose gold? It’s also worth considering whether you would like any motifs or themes incorporated into the final piece, or whether you want to get it engraved with a personal message.
If you’re finding it difficult, take inspiration from the people you see on the street, celebrity red carpet style, social media posts – anywhere and everywhere! And don’t be afraid to take along sketches, photographs, or Pinterest boards of pieces that have inspired you. Having some visual aids on hand can really give the jeweller an insight into your vision and help them to create a piece that’s perfect for you.
Set a budget
Jewellery can vary hugely in price, particularly when it comes to bespoke pieces, so to avoid disappointment, be sure to set your budget before you go to a jewellers. This will stop you from falling in love with a design that you can’t afford and will give your designer some parameters to work within.
Choose the right supplier
When it comes to creating bespoke jewellery, finding the right supplier is key to getting a great result, so take the time to shop around and ask for recommendations from friends and family. In recent years, some jewellers have started to use 3D technology which helps to bring your ideas to life on screen, and can really help a designer to make your vision a reality. Not all jewellers offer this service, so this is definitely something to look out for when deciding which store to use.
A bespoke piece of jewellery is so much more personal and meaningful than something that is bought off the shelf. And by putting in some thought and creativity, you can create something that is beautiful, stylish and truly one of a kind.