WORK WITH ME – GO BESPOKE
Go Bespoke! What can I create for you?
Have your own piece of jewellery custom made specifically for you.
Wear your own story!
If you have a particular piece of jewellery in mind – whether it is for yourself or for a special gift – I will be happy to help you achieve your dream design!
Things to think about: Who is it for, what do they like, wear and do? Do you have items you would like to re-model? Colours Metals Jewellery type Ring sizes, and any other sizes that are specific. A completion deadline. An idea of budget.
How to get it started: Each jewellery commission begins with a one to one discussion. Depending on your location that may be a meeting with me in the workshop, a conversation via telephone / FaceTime / Skype, or over email.
From this initial meeting I will establish your needs and create a brief to work from to begin the design process. It is helpful to have a budget at this stage in the process so that I can design within this boundary or a basic quote can be provided free of charge. You can contact me to discuss any of your ideas at [email protected]
The initial consultation will be free of charge and should last approximately one hour if in person or via the telephone. Any necessary further meetings or correspondence will be included within the final price of your item.
The Design & Quote: After initial consultation, I can provide a detailed quote and will begin to put pen to paper to come up with initial design ideas. I require a £250 initial deposit at the start of every project – this is non-refundable but is included within your final commission budget. This fee covers my time to prepare the final detailed quote, research of source material and the initial set of hand design drawings or the first set of computer drawings. This process takes several hours and is usually completed over a 2-4 week period depending on the complexity of your design, the clients own timescales and the amount of other orders already on in the workshop. I always endeavour to do this as soon as we can.
On completion of the initial hand-drawn designs or computer designs you you will be invited to review them and have a second meeting to discuss ideas and receive the final quote. It may be necessary for a second set of design drawings which will take a further 2 weeks. When these initial designs are signed off and the quote approved I require a non-refundable 50% deposit (minus your £250 already paid) in order to start either the production of the project in the workshop or the working editions of the computer models.
On average a piece will take 6 – 8 weeks of production either in the workshop or finalising the computer drawings and then final production in the workshop. It is often necessary to have a fitting for pieces and this is done either face-to-face in the workshop or models can be sent in the post to try-on. Once the piece is ready the remaining balance of the project will be due for payment and clear through my account before the piece will be dispatched or made available for collection. Payments can be made using all major debit/credit cards, bank transfer or cash (if in person). Work will not be started until the initial 50% deposit payment has been received and cleared. Likewise the final item will not be dispatched until payment has been received in full.
How much does a piece cost? I am often asked this question – but ‘how long is a piece of string’ – and there are many different ways to make a piece of jewellery. The cost of a piece varies greatly depending on the design time required, the complexity of fabricating the piece and of course the cost of the materials used. The design and making process of the average commission can take upwards of 20 hours and is factored in to the overall cost.
In general my clients spend on average somewhere in the region of £1650 -£3500 on a re-modelled commission where they are providing the majority of the materials to be re-used and upwards of £2650 for a commissioned piece where I am sourcing all the materials. The cost of creating the piece will of course vary depending on how complex the design is, the materials and the type, size and number of stones used. Before I start the design process, I like to have some idea of budget so that I can design within these parameters. I am of course happy to discuss all your questions!
Commissioning a piece from overseas: Sarah McAleer Jewellerysmith is located in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland. However, it is possible to commission jewellery from anywhere in the world via e-mail, FaceTime or Skype. Drawing and designs can be drawn up with models being made up in silver or produced by 3D-printing and posted to clients for fitting and approval.
Cancellations: You are required to pay £250 at the start of every project. Should you, for some reason, change your mind at the end of the initial design phase this fee is non-refundable and covers time spent preparing quotes and designs. If after the final approval of the design and your 50% deposit has been paid you no longer desire the piece I will be unable to refund the deposit to you, as work on the piece will have been started, however it may be possible to alter the design at this stage to suit your preference.
I pride myself in having long-term loyal clients and I work individually with every client to ensure that you are happy with your piece.
Returns & Refunds: Commissioned items are non-refundable as they are made specifically for the client. If there is a clear fault in the production of the piece then I will of course do my best to repair this free of charge.
I look forward to working with you – what can we create?