Whether you’re looking for a bespoke ring for your wedding anniversary or you’re buying a gift for a loved one’s birthday, getting jewellery custom made ensures it is unique and personal to you. If it’s done well, custom jewellery can be timeless and elegant while showing off your creativity. Here are our top tips, supplied by Nirvana Wholesale Jewellery for getting a fantastic piece of bespoke jewellery created.
Choose the right jeweller
The most important step in the process of buying bespoke jewellery is to choose the right people to design and create it for you. It’s vital to find a jeweller with experience in creating custom pieces. Make sure you take a look at some of their previous examples to ensure that the quality of the materials and workmanship is high.
It won’t matter how good your idea is if you choose a jeweller that isn’t up to the task. On the other hand, if you pick a skilled designer who really knows what they are doing they will be able to bring more to the process and even help make your design even more amazing than you imagined.
Allow plenty of time
If you’re buying your jewellery for an occasion or as a gift, remember that crafting custom-made jewellery can be a lengthy process. And if you end up wanting changes made afterwards it will take even longer to make amendments.
Consider that after you have agreed on a design it will take at least two weeks for a piece of jewellery to be manufactured and finished. It could also take much longer if you are planning a complicated piece. You don’t want to be left with a piece that’s half finished – or worse, have to buy something else in the meantime.
Choosing the right materials is important both for getting the right look and also for ensuring a good level of quality. If you are choosing a piece made from yellow gold or white gold you can choose from a variety of purities. An 18ct gold piece will naturally be more expensive than a 9ct piece but a higher carat will produce a higher quality.
The same goes for any precious and semi-precious stones you want to use. Custom-made diamond jewellery is gaining popularity and there is always a trade-off to be in terms of quality and price.
If it’s a gift, you also need to be aware of allergies. Some people are allergic to certain metals, such as nickel, and it obviously might not be something that it is often brought up, especially if they know to avoid certain types of jewellery. Even if you know someone very well it can be perfectly possible to be completely unaware of a metal allergy they have. It would be a real shame to go to the effort of getting a beautiful bespoke piece created only to find out that the recipient can’t wear it.
Set a budget
You need to set a budget when having custom jewellery designed. The fact is that there is no real upper limit on the cost of very high quality pieces if they have been custom made.
It should also be noted that with good quality jewellery the less-is-more approach often works very well. If you fill a ring with too many stones it can start to look tacky. Setting a budget can actually help you focus on the important parts of the piece.
Consider working from an existing piece
Some people getting custom jewellery designed will have the whole idea ready to go in their head, but for others it won’t be so simple. You might be in a position where you know that you want something bespoke and unique created for a special occasion, such as your wedding anniversary, but you don’t know exactly what you are looking for.
If this is the case for you then it can be a great idea to work from an existing piece. Take a look around jewellery stores and online for the kind of thing you would like. From there you can have a photograph of the original as a starting point for your one-off piece. You can then make personal changes and alterations so that you’ve got a fantastic looking piece of jewellery that is special to you or your loved one.