Greetings, everyone! I guess I'm just going to be high maintenance this month in regards to blogging. In this installment, I thought I would run some stuff by you regarding my policies on custom or commissioned jewelry. For what it's worth, custom jewelry and commissioned jewelry is pretty much the same thing. "Commissioned" just sounds fancier. Take a gander below at what I have thus far, and if you have questions or have anything you think I should add, post in the comments!
THE COMMISSIONS PROCESS:
If you like my work, but don't see anything that quite fits what you are looking for, then you can request a custom piece of jewelry from my studio! Here's how it works:
Pre-design consideration will help you decide if the commission process is right for you. In the pre-design consideration phase, the following are discussed:
This will guarantee you a spot in the production queue. Once design services have been secured, we discuss the following important factors:
After the type of stone is determined, if it is a stone I don't happen to have in my collection, I will go on the hunt for the type of your choosing. Once I have found candidates, I will send pictures of them and you choose the one you want. Also, if you already have the stone you want to use, then I will need it to begin the preliminary sketches.
Once general design ideas have been put into place, I can begin the preliminary design sketches. These are rough sketches that give the general idea of the direction a piece might take, to help you visualize what the finished piece may look like.
Final draft sketches.
Once you have selected from the preliminary design sketches, I will make sketches that show the commissioned work in more detail. You will be presented with the design sketches for final approval.
Once final approval is made, an estimate for cost of the piece will be given and the difference of 50% of the final cost will be due (nonrefundable).
For example, let's say you commission a piece, put $100 down to secure design services, and approve a design that will end up costing $400, not including tax and shipping. Fifty percent of the final price would be $200. Since you already put down $100 as a deposit, another $100 will be due at the time final design approval is made, bringing the total amount you have paid so for to be $200.
After final design approval is made, production begins.
Please keep in mind, once final design approval is made, no changes will be allowed in order to facilitate timely delivery. The production process includes:
Once the piece is completed, it is lovingly boxed up and ready for its new home! At this time, the remaining 50% of the final price is due, along with applicable sales tax and shipping.