Jewellery Just for You

December 02, 2010
Morgan Sweet Apple Pendant

Custom Made Jewellery: Morgan Sweet Apple Pendant (Photo: Kiff Backhouse)

Bespoke Jewellery

A recent conversation with an American friend highlighted that the term “bespoke jewellery” isn’t always associated with custom made jewellery; that is, jewellery especially made to your design.

I was born in the UK, have been living in France for several years and have clients all over the world. Now that I know that there are many ways to refer to jewellery that’s made just for you, I thought I’d better elaborate!

Specially Commissioned Jewellery

This is when I work with a client to create something just for them – a fusion of their design ideas and my workmanship. Sometimes we start with a very clear idea of what is required. Other times, I sketch out some suggestions based on a feeling a get from a client and what I’ve gleaned from our conversations.

Getting a clear picture of what we’re heading for is really important. Exchanging, refining and perfecting the final jewellery design is truly a pleasure. Together, as a partnership, we arrive at something unique and valuable that is just for you. At the same time, I often get to see my clients discovering that they’re a lot more creative than they had imagined!

Custom Jewellery

Custom jewellery is another term. Many of my clients browse my gallery and contact me to request something based on a particular piece of jewellery they’ve seen there.

Others have very detailed specifications, for example this Morgan Sweet Apple Pendant. It represents the inside of a halved apple and was to celebrate the arrival of a baby daughter, Morgan. The “pips” in this apple are also the baby girl’s birthstone. This thoughtful gentleman, and proud father, asked me to make it especially for his wife.

Personalised Jewellery

Whether you call it bespoke jewellery, specially commissioned jewellery, custom made jewellery or personalised jewellery, this is what it means to me:

A fusion of your design ideas and my workmanship.


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  1. louloufrance

    @rockwaterstudio That is gorgeous! RT@louloufrance Perhaps this apple would go with your cheese?!

  2. cnm office

    RT @coblyn: This piece of jewellery is simply stunning: Bespoke and Custom Made treasures by @rockwaterstudio:

  3. Christine Livingston

    This is simply stunning, Gee. And what a beautiful gift for your client to have given his wife.

    Thanks too for explaining the difference in the terms. Makes perfect sense. However you put it, what shines through is that the jewellery is the result of having built a good relationship between your client and yourself. Clever!

    • Gee Backhouse

      Thanks Christine! Actually, I feel honoured that so many of my clients come back for more special commissions and often leave more and more of the design side of things up to me each time! I still furnish them with a variety of design sketches and photographs of stones to choose from, however. It’s very rewarding and there are some amazingly thoughtful people out there. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Chez Loulou

    Your American friends are so nice to keep your English up to date! 🙂

    • Gee Backhouse

      They are indeed. In fact, I’d go far as to say I’d be lost without them! Always a pleasure to see you here, my friend. xx

  5. Andrea

    What a beautiful piece! I hadn’t understood these distinctions in designing a piece of unique jewelry. Thanks for the beauty of your work and the education!

    • Gee Backhouse

      Good to see you here. If it weren’t for my friend, I wouldn’t have known that the term “bespoke” was not often connected with custom jewellery. Knowing people and sharing is, as always, a great way to learn as well as being interesting and fun!

  6. Bespoke Jewellery London

    The pendent is really amazing…. Just fabulous piece of work…. Very well crafted and designed.

    • Gee Backhouse

      Many thanks! I really enjoyed creating it and am delighted to know its wearer treasures it, too.