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Bespoke Commissions​

Exquisite, one-of-a-kind pieces 

Introduction to Erica Sharpe Bespoke Jewellery Services

The bespoke jewellery service at Erica Sharpe Fine Jewellery encompasses every aspect of the creation process, ensuring a seamless and personalised experience. As well as the professional design and hand crafting of your jewellery; Erica meticulously manages each stage of the project. This includes ethically sourcing the finest gems and gold, hallmarking, setting, engraving, and applying the final finishing touches.

 

In addition to creating new pieces, Erica specialises in redesigning heirloom jewellery, breathing new life into cherished items while preserving their sentimental value. She also offers personalisation options for any pieces in her collections, tailoring them to reflect your unique style and preferences.

From Concept to Creation: The Process

1. Consultation

During the consultation, whether in her studio, over the phone, or online, Erica dedicates time to listen attentively to your story and understand the unique requirements for your bespoke piece.

2. Design 

Erica creates detailed design sketches and offers expert advice on suitable gems, precious materials, and styles. All of Erica’s designs are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved. For commissions requiring intricate design details, such as comprehensive illustrations or sourcing multiple stones, an up-front non-refundable charge is applied. This fee is offset against the final cost of the commission.

 

3. Final Piece

Once the design is finalized, Erica will meticulously handcraft your jewelry piece using her expert traditional goldsmithing skills. After crafting, the piece will be hallmarked to guarantee its authenticity and quality, and a photographic record will be taken to document its creation.

 

 

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Most frequent questions and answers

Commissions can take up to 12 weeks. Personalisation of an existing piece from Erica’s collection can take on average 3 – 4 weeks.

Please mention specific deadlines as Erica will always try to help meet a special date

A non refundable part-payment of 50% is required at the confirmation of a commission. Erica will then hand-craft the chosen design using traditional goldsmithing skills. The piece will be hallmarked and a photo record taken. The remaining half of the payment is required upon satisfaction with the finished piece.

Erica works closely with clients to provide pieces within their comfortable budget. Accurate quotes are given for designs (usually guaranteed for 4 weeks) before the need to commit to the work. Please note Erica’s designs are copyrighted 

Erica has been registered to use Fairtade gold since 2014. This comes from small scale, responsibly mined sources working under the Fairtrade gold standard. Recycled gold is also an option which can be discussed, Erica can use your gold and gems if it is appropriate for the design chosen. 

 

There is currently no standardised supply chain system for sourcing ethically mined gemstones. However, Erica has trusted suppliers who usually know the mine and the cutters of their gemstones and make this information transparent. 

Yes, Erica can work with old jewellery pieces that need a redesign, or sentimental gems and gold. It is good to note that the process of getting these materials to a stage where they can be used is often time-consuming and therefore not always a cheaper option.

Unfortunately, Erica is not a qualified valuer and cannot produce valuation certificates. 

 

Erica is often asked for a valuation of the finished pieces she makes. With new work, the value is the cost paid at purchase and this will be shown clearly on the receipt. 

 

With pieces made from old jewellery, the value of the gems and any re-used gold will add to its replacement value. Erica recommends using a professional jewellery valuer and is happy to help share information of the gem weights and crafting processes she has used to help with an appraisal.

 

Yes, Erica can arrange for you to see a selection of gemstones to chose from for your bespoke piece. As a qualified gemologist, she can explain the pros and cons of each. There may be a sourcing charge for this which will be off-set against the final commission. 

Erica deals with natural diamonds most of which have a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) certificate. She doesn’t not work with lab-grown diamonds. 

How long does it take?

How do I know the final cost?

Commissions can take up to 12 weeks. 

Personalisition of an existing piece from Erica’s collection can take on average 3 – 4 weeks.

Please mention specific deadlines as Erica will always try to help meet a special date.

Prices vary based on design complexity and materials. Personalisation starts at £500, redesigning old pieces at £1200, and new bespoke work at £2200. As a qualified Gemologist, Erica can guide you through gemstone qualities and sources, ensuring informed choices.

How do I pay?

What about sourcing?

There may be an up-front design charge for more complex pieces, offset against the final commission cost. 

A non refundable part-payment of 50% is required at the confirmation of a commission. Erica will then hand-craft the chosen design using traditional goldsmithing skills. The remaining half of the payment is required upon completion of the piece.

Payment by bank transfer, cash or cheque are all taken. 

Erica has been registered to use Fairtade gold since 2014. This comes from small scale, responsibly mined sources working under the Fairtrade gold standard. Recycled gold is also an option which can be discussed, Erica can use your gold and gems if it is appropriate for the design chosen. 

There is currently no standardised supply chain system for sourcing ethically mined gemstones. However, Erica has trusted suppliers who usually know the mine and the cutters of their gemstones and make this information transparent. 

Can Erica use my gems and gold?

Can I view a selection of gems?

Yes, Erica can work with old jewellery pieces that need a redesign, or sentimental gems and gold. It is good to note that the process of getting these materials to a stage where they can be used is often time-consuming and therefore not always a cheaper option.

Yes, Erica can arrange for you to see a selection of gemstones to chose from for your bespoke piece. As a qualified gemmologist, she can explain the pros and cons of each. There may be a sourcing charge for this which will be off-set against the final commission. 

What about a valuation? 

What about diamonds?

Unfortunately, Erica is not a qualified valuer and cannot produce valuation certificates. 

Erica is often asked for a valuation of the finished pieces she makes. With new work, the value is the cost paid at purchase and this will be shown clearly on the receipt. 

With pieces made from old jewellery, the value of the gems and any re-used gold will add to its replacement value. Erica recommends using a professional jewellery valuer and is happy to help share information of the gem weights and crafting processes she has used to help with an appraisal.

Erica deals with natural diamonds most of which have a GIA (Gemmological Institute of America) certificate. She doesn’t work with lab-grown diamonds. 

Unique jewellery for unique people

Bespoke Jewellery, Tailored to You.

Examples of Commissions

Browse a portfolio of past commission, discover the process that went into

creating each individual piece

Rings

Rings

Pendants and Necklaces

Earrings

Bangles and Bracelets

Other

What our customers say

“I wanted a really special eternity ring to give to my wife on our 10th anniversary, and Erica certainly delivered the goods. I decided against a surprise, as Suzanne has very specific tastes, so we both came along to meet Erica. She was very good at guiding us through various options in terms of style, appearance and price, and came up with a simple but beautiful design which fitted perfectly with the existing engagement and wedding rings, and which Suzanne and I both love!”

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