Jewellery Just for You

Jewellery Just for You

Written by : Posted on December 2, 2010 : 14 Comments
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.


  1. 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!

    • 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.

  2. 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!

    • 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!