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Cornish Jewellery Design: How to Commission Jewellery

Updated: Apr 19

From Cornwall’s rich history to the breathtaking Cornish coast, it has been a source of inspiration for countless artists, including jewellers. When it comes to creating a piece of jewellery that reflects your personal story and connection to this enchanting place, nothing can match the magic of a handmade Cornish jewellery piece from Sennen Jewellery, UK.

Sennen Jewellery specializes in bespoke jewellery commissions, creating one off jewellery pieces that reflect personal stories and connections, ensuring each piece is as unique as the person it is crafted for.

Sennen Jewellery's approach to creating bespoke jewellery involves a meticulous design process that ensures each piece reflects the individual's story and connection to Cornwall.

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Why Choose a Handmade Cornish Jewellery Design?

Each piece of jewellery tells a story. When you opt for handmade Cornish jewellery, you are investing in a special piece of art, crafted with passion and precision.

The unique bespoke jewellery designs, including engagement rings, Wedding rings or perhaps a handmade necklace inspired by the beauty of Cornwall, can be designed to the exact requirements of the customer, using materials such as silver, gold, white diamonds or gemstones.

There’s something innately personal about wearing a piece of jewellery inspired by the Cornish coast, especially when it’s been handcrafted just for you as a bespoke piece, tailored to your specific desires and requirements. The finished piece of jewellery is an original handmade jewellery creation, inspired by the client's personal story and the natural beauty of Cornwall.

Cornish Silver Wedding Rings
Handmade Silver Wedding Rings with Cornish Language engraving

Sennen Jewellery: Your Guide to Beautiful Gold and Silver Jewellery

Valuing Cornwall's natural splendor and dedicated to ethical craftsmanship, Sennen Jewellery is one of the leading bespoke jewellery designers in the region. Whether you're looking for a sterling silver necklace, an engagement ring that encapsulates your unique love story, or a set of Gold Wedding rings that intertwine two lives, we've got you covered.

Wedding Rings: A Symbol of Everlasting Love

Obtaining the right wedding ring is crucial. It’s a piece you’ll wear for a lifetime. At Sennen Jewellery, we understand the sentiment behind a Wedding ring. Be it a classic yellow gold band or an elaborate design set with gemstones or Cornish tin, we ensure your ring reflects your unique love story.

Moreover, we specialize in creating a bespoke ring that perfectly encapsulates the couple's unique love story and style, using specific gemstones or design elements, ensuring a truly personalized and one-of-a-kind piece.

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Handmade Gold Wedding Rings

Commissioning Your Bespoke Jewellery Design: The Process

1. Get in Touch

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Your journey to commissioning original jewellery begins with a simple step - reaching out to our in-house designer. Be it through the website contact form, email, over the phone, or in person, we're here to guide you, answer any queries in an initial chat, and offer initial sketched ideas at no extra charge.

2. The Initial Consultation

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During this initial chat or email correspondence, it's all about realising your vision. We discuss your requirements, whether it's the metal type - be it sterling silver, 9ct gold, 18ct gold, platinum, or Cornish tin - or the stones, including diamonds or quality gemstones.

Rest assured, all materials come from ethical and non-conflict sources.

Having a clear idea about ring size, budget, and any specific deadlines is also crucial during this phase.

3. Initial Sketches

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Once we've gathered all the necessary details for your bespoke jewellery commission, our jewellery designer provides hand-drawn sketches to help you visualise your design. This phase solidifies the design, resulting in a detailed sketch accompanied by a quote and a final price.

4. Payment

To bring the final design to life, a deposit ranging from 50% to 100% may be required, depending on the intricacy and work involved in the piece.

5. Crafting Your Vision

Upon design approval, our jeweller starts crafting your jewellery piece, utilizing your chosen materials, to ensure each bespoke piece meets our high standards of quality and style. This meticulous process takes anywhere between two to eight weeks.

If the piece needs to be finished by a certain date, for a Wedding, please just let us know and we will do our utmost to fit it in. Once your bespoke jewellery commission is ready, you can either collect the finished piece in person or receive it through our secure tracked service.

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Handmade White Gold Rings with Cornish Tin Inlay

Engagement Rings: The Surprise Proposal

One of the most enchanting moments of many love stories is the surprise engagement. The sheer joy, the tears, the laughter — it all culminates in the presentation of a beautiful engagement ring. At Sennen Jewellery, we understand the nuances that go into picking that perfect ring. But one of the trickiest parts can be determining the right size without giving the surprise away. Here are some ingenious ways to do it:

  1. Borrow a Ring: If your loved one already has a collection of rings, borrowing one that they wear on the same finger can give you a good idea. Just remember to return it without them noticing!

  2. The Cleaning Excuse: You can say you want to clean all their jewellery for them as a kind gesture, giving you access to the rings without raising suspicion.

  3. Ask Friends or Family: Sometimes, they might already know or can find out without arousing suspicion. But ensure they're good at keeping secrets!

  4. The Paper Test: While they're asleep, wrap a thin strip of paper around the ring finger and mark where it overlaps. Measure the length, and you have a close estimate!

  5. Engage in Conversations: Casually discuss ring sizes in conversations or play a game of guessing each other's ring sizes.

Selecting an engagement ring, especially when it's a surprise, requires tact, patience, and a little bit of ingenuity. However, once you see the joy on your loved one's face, every ounce of effort will be worth it. And at Sennen Jewellery, we're here to help at every step of your Cornish jewellery commission journey.

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Let our Expert Jewellery Designers Design a Piece Just For You

Sennen Jewellery specializes in bespoke jewellery commission, using modern and traditional techniques to create a one off and unique piece of jewellery that captures the essence of your unique story.

Cornwall isn’t just a place; it’s a feeling. At Sennen Jewellery, we’re here to encapsulate that emotion into a bespoke piece of art that you can carry with you forever. So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey of craftsmanship, passion, and Cornish spirit, get in touch with us. We look forward to crafting a special piece just for you.

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White Gold ring with hidden band of Cornish tin

FAQs: Cornish Jewellery Design

What metals can be used in a bespoke Jewellery commission?

In our handmade jewellery creations, we offer a diverse range of metals to suit every taste. From the timeless elegance of Sterling Silver to the luxurious allure of Yellow Gold, the sophisticated shine of White Gold, the enduring beauty of Platinum, and not forgetting the rustic charm of Cornish Tin, we ensure that your jewellery commission or Wedding ring is crafted from the finest materials to reflect your individuality and preferences.

Can Cornish semi-precious gemstones be incorporated into a commissioned piece?

Absolutely! We take pride in sourcing the highest quality materials for our jewellery commissions, and that includes Cornish semi-precious gemstones. Whether it's a Gold ring inlaid with reclaimed Cornish tin, or a bespoke necklace featuring a crystal you've discovered yourself along the picturesque Cornish coast, we're dedicated to bringing your vision to life with ethically sourced materials that capture the essence of Cornwall's natural beauty.

How long does it take for a custom piece to be completed?

The timeline for completing a jewellery commission varies depending on the complexity of the design and the materials involved. Typically, our skilled artisans require anywhere from two to eight weeks to meticulously craft your bespoke piece of jewellery to perfection. Rest assured, however, that regardless of the intricacy of your design, we strive to deliver a unique piece that exceeds your expectations while upholding our commitment to quality and craftsmanship.

Are all the materials ethically sourced?

Yes, we are proud to uphold the highest ethical standards in sourcing materials for each and every jewellery commission. From the metals used in our rings to the gemstones adorning our necklaces, we guarantee that every component of your bespoke piece of jewellery comes from ethical and non-conflict sources. By prioritizing sustainability and responsible practices, we ensure that your treasured jewellery not only reflects your personal style but also aligns with your values.

Do you offer designs in recycled metals?

Absolutely! As part of our dedication to sustainability, we offer designs in recycled metals upon request for your jewellery commission. Whether you're looking to breathe new life into a cherished heirloom by incorporating recycled metal into its design or you simply prefer the eco-friendly allure of sustainable materials, our artisans are here to accommodate your preferences. Just let us know during the consultation process, and we'll work with you to create a bespoke jewellery piece that not only captures your unique style but also supports environmentally conscious practices.

What is the process for commissioning a unique piece of jewellery?

A jewellery commission with Sennen Jewellery involves a simple yet detailed process. It starts with reaching out to our in-house designer via our website, email, or phone to initiate an initial chat about your vision. From there, we move through an initial consultation to discuss your requirements, followed by providing initial sketches to visualize the design. Upon design approval and payment, our expert jewellers start crafting your vision into a final piece of handmade jewellery, ensuring it meets our high standards of quality.

Can I request specific materials for my handmade jewellery?

Absolutely! We pride ourselves on creating unique pieces of handmade jewellery tailored to each client's desires. Whether you prefer yellow gold, sterling silver, or other materials, we're here to accommodate your preferences. Additionally, if you have any specific gemstones in mind or want to incorporate Cornish semi-precious gemstones, just let us know during the initial consultation.

What sets Sennen Jewellery apart in custom jewellery commissions?

At Sennen Jewellery, we blend modern techniques with traditional craftsmanship to create jewellery commissions that are truly one-of-a-kind. Our commitment to ethical sourcing ensures that every piece of jewellery we craft tells a story not only of the wearer but also of our dedication to sustainability and responsible practices.

How do you ensure that the commissioned jewellery reflects the client's unique style?

Understanding the client's style and preferences is paramount in our design process. Through initial chats and consultations, we delve into the client's vision, taking into account their tastes, lifestyle, and the story they want their piece of jewellery to tell. By incorporating these elements into the design, we ensure that each commissioned ring or piece of jewellery not only reflects the natural beauty of Cornwall but also the individuality of its wearer.

Can I track the progress of my commissioned jewellery?

Absolutely! We understand the anticipation that comes with waiting for your bespoke piece to be completed. That's why we offer transparent communication throughout the process. From the initial consultation to the crafting stages, we keep you updated on the progress of your jewellery. Additionally, once your final piece is ready, we will send you high resolution photos for your approval. We then provide secure tracked shipping options to ensure it reaches you safely and promptly.

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