The process behind commissioning a bespoke piece of Lutris jewellery
Are you interested in having a piece of bespoke jewellery created for yourself or a loved one? Below I outline the various stages involved in commissioning a piece from Lutris. If you have any queries you can find my contact details here:
The first stage of the process is to arrange a consultation. This may take place over the phone or in person. The purpose of the consultation is for me to establish what kind of jewellery & design you would like. You may have something very specific in mind, knowing what precious metal & stones you would like & the shape & style of piece you are looking for, or it may be that you simply know you would like an individual piece of jewellery making. Whichever the case, throughout the consultation I get a sense of your own unique style helping me to create the best designs for you.
precious metal & stone selection
I usually begin the design process once the metal & stones for your piece have been chosen, working closely with my suppliers to source materials of the highest quality. I can create your piece in sterling silver, gold (in various carats & colours), platinum & other metals. If you have decided on including gemstones in your piece, I spend time sourcing a selection of beautiful stones ensuring we have the perfect gems for you to choose from.
Once you have chosen the metal & gemstones you would like featured I begin the process of designing. Often I will place your chosen gemstones in different formations on paper and create initial sketches in pencil & black ink based around this. I then select which designs I feel you will be most drawn to & create you a suite of watercolour designs for you to choose from. I often adapt each design stage to suit the type of jewellery I am making & I am always happy to receive in put from you along the way to ensure I will be creating the perfect piece of jewellery for you.
I begin thinking about the methods I will use to create your piece during the design process & once you have chosen the final design I can finalise what techniques I am going to employ to create your piece. Your jewellery may be hand cut from precious metal sheet, or alternatively carved from wax & cast in the precious metal you have chosen. Details can be added in a multitude of ways. Gemstones are set right before the final polish, after which your jewellery is beautifully packaged ready for delivery.
All bespoke precious metal pieces are hallmarked. In order to hallmark my work I am required to be registered with one of the four assay offices in the UK. I have chosen to be registered with Goldsmiths' Company Assay Office in London which has been hallmarking for over 700 years. The hallmark serves as a guarantee of the purity of the metal I have used in your jewellery & in so doing indicates the quality of the precious metals I use. The hallmark also displays my initials in the form of the sponsors mark, allowing your jewellery to be identified now & in years to come as having been created by myself.
Once your one off piece of jewellery is completed I package it up in a beautiful black lacquer box, which has a lovely cream lining. I believe your piece of jewellery should be presented & stored in a high quality box. I can also provide these wooden boxes in a pale maple colour, or a darker mahogany colour. Alternatively, if you are looking for something else to have your jewellery presented in I am always happy to source something a little bit different.