Commissioning- An brief insight into the process of creating a bespoke piece of jewellery.

‘Infinity Twist’ Necklace and Earring Set- Silver, 9 Carat Gold and Turquoise

The design brief for this set was completely open to me which made it an especially exciting commission to end 2018. The only request was to use turquoise and to make a necklace and matching earrings for the client’s wife. Although exciting, it was also slightly nerve wracking as once Matt had seen the design on paper, he didn’t want to ‘see’ any further images until it was completely finished!

Design page showing proof that I sometimes have to use maths!!

I have mentioned before in previous Studio Jewellery write ups, that my way of working is very fluid and as a result pieces do evolve throughout the making process and I do not always find it easy to show a finished 2D design at the start of a project. Usually I will gather images from research books and online resources, small experimental sample pieces as well as existing jewellery to show a client as well as asking to see examples from them to get a real feel of their style and personality. Once started, I would also share progress photographs and ask for approval or opinion if slight adaptations have to be made. Thankfully, I know the client and his wife Marie quite well and was assured that the trust that had been given to me, was complete.

The highlighted accents for the commission which I identified were, a very strong bond between the couple, a love of nature and being outdoors and simple but bold design. These accents then translated into the use of the infinity symbol, the textured leaf pattern, the gentle twists and subtlety of silver with featured gold against turquoise.

The pendant comprises of a tear drop shaped Chinese Matrix Turquoise cabochon encased within a 9 Carat gold bezel setting. It is cradled in the lower loop of a silver ‘infinity’ twist which has the veined leaf imprint on one side. The twisted and overlapping infinity symbol gives plenty of opportunity for the pattern to be visible. The pendant has been attached to hang on the necklace between two pairs of double twists and a Diamond Cut Belcher chain fastening with a hand-made clasp finishes the piece. The earrings are smaller versions of the pendant but with round turquoise cabochons.

To some, the infinity twist can symbolise a modern interpretation of eternity and everlasting love. However, to others their connection to the infinity draws from its ancient understanding as the symbol of perfection, duality and empowerment- qualities and sentiments that I see in both Matt and Marie’s relationship and characters.

Use this link to read testimonials from both Matt and Marie and other clients and do contact me if you are interested in commissioning a piece of jewellery yourself. https://www.charlottebibabouchardjewellery.com/testimonials