Commissioning - Step By Step
Engagement, weddings, birthdays and anniversaries... in fact any occasion is a reason to express your love, joy and appreciation! Do you have fragments of ideas floating around your head, or if we are starting with a blank canvas, here at Charlotte Cornelius we will listen to you and together build a detailed picture which will become transformed into your own personal design and will be created using the finest gems, precious metals and expert craftsmanship.
If you would like to run some ideas past Charlotte or request an estimate of price please phone, email or simply use our easy form.
"The ring has gone down better than I could have hoped, she loves it and keeps showing it to everyone so you have done brilliantly. I have many brownie points in the bag and it was a complete surprise so thank you for all you hard work over the last few months, it has totally paid off! Thank you for the insurance quote, fingers crossed there is no requirement to use it but it is there in the background. Will look forward to sorting the next ring, although that may be a little while... thanks sooooo much for your help over the last few months, it has been great."
The journey begins with a consultation with our Creative Director, Charlotte, where you can discuss inspiration, ideas, timescales, designs, practical considerations and proposed budget. Charlotte will show you our design portfolio for inspiration, as well as many samples that you may try on.
As the design develops, the technical details, materials, labour required, and sizes are calculated, so that the work can be accurately priced. As soon as Charlotte has prepared the design sketches and sourced the materials such as a variety of gorgeous gemstones to show you, we meet again, working together to select your ideal gems, the settings and the finishes to refine your final design. This is the point where a deposit is requested to proceed with the commission.
Then to the bench! Working closely with our jeweller at every stage to ensure your design is meticulously crafted to your specification. Sometimes we will make a silver pattern for you to try on, and sometimes CAD (Computer Aided Design) is the best way to create an intricate master pattern which in turn becomes a one off casting. We will liaise with you along the way if further fittings or decisions are required before completion.
Finally, your commission is revealed! Your beautiful bespoke item of jewellery tells your own personal story and will be treasured for generations to come. We offer you a presentation drawing of the design and an insurance valuation certificate with a macro digital photograph of your jewellery included to complete your experience.
We offer a free 'service' of your item of jewellery, including cleaning, on the first anniversary of your commission and will send a reminder annually.
"Just to say thank you so much for my beautiful ring- it's lovely - and thank you for your time and patience" Michelle C - Portsmouth , Hampshire.