How does design process work?

How does design process work?

You can find our design pages here, though below is a short summary. 

1a/. An initial consultation will set out your personal project brief answering among other questions:

  • what you would like made
  • in what materials
  • how you anticipate wearing the jewellery and with what other pieces
  • any recycled gemstones in the design and advice surrounding that
  • what your deadlines are
  • whether you would like wax, resin or metal models pre-final manufacture
  • an indication of budget

1b/. We make some very quick initial idea sketches or photos if needed and an indicative price range for approval. These sketches/ photos check we are on the same page and are not 'final' - more checking we're on the same wavelength. This stage helps us focus on what you'd like and a style, and makes sure we are aligned with your budget. 

We will check to see if we can find any pre-existing patterns. If using your gemstones, whether they are standard sizes and would fit. This can often be a cost effective option.

No fee is incurred at this stage. You can see some rough project indicative pricing below.

2a/. Once you’re happy with our indicative range, we proceed to full design – each project is unique and we treat it so. Photo realistic images of the final design will be produced before committing to manufacture and if required, wax or metal models of your designs can also be produced. There is a £75 price for this service, deductible from a proceeded full make up.

2b/. We provide photo realistic and/ or accurate hand drawings for your approval and a final accurate price. We may fine tune designs and possibly make wax, resin or metal models pre-final make up, leading to project design sign off.

3/. Make up – the most exciting part! A final piece is then created bespoke for you, after you have signed off the design. A 50% deposit is due to proceed to the next phase.

Each project is different but a typical timeframe is between four and six weeks. You can view some examples of our work in our portfolio, it’s not complete and many items are ‘client confidential’ but it’s a good start – click here for the Jacobs bespoke commission design portfolio.

For your total assurance and confidence we have a clearly defined process in place with frequent face-to-face and / or email communication with clear explanations/ updates an essential element of the design process. We know it can sometimes be anxious or feel a risk commissioning a piece of jewellery – be assured you’re in safe and responsible hands!

For more information contact us to make an appointment.

If you'd like to know more, or would like us to help you with an enquiry, do make contact.

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