I was organizing files on my hard drive today and found some photos (albeit not great ones) of pieces that have been commissioned over the past couple of years.

I’m not actually a big fan of doing commissioned work because I feel so much pressure (got to work on that self-confidence) when I do it.  Most of what I do is for friends and family, but occasionally someone will buy a ready-made piece and then request that I do something custom for them.

The first piece is a cocktail ring hand-fabricated in sterling silver and set with Swiss blue topaz, which remains one of my favorite gems because it’s beautiful, yet relatively inexpensive, even for a sizeable stone:

Next, is a pair of earrings I made at the request of my friend Ruth for her mother’s birthday gift:

These are hand-fabricated in 18k yellow gold and set with crystal quartz and chalcedony.

The necklace below was commissioned by a woman who’d bought a similar piece on my website but wanted a second in greens and yellows.  In this case, I used peridot and lemon quartz:

She also requested matching earrings (apologies for the picture quality):

The photo below is of an unfinished earring designed and commissioned by a customer.  She sent me a rough drawing of what she wanted and I hand-fabricated it in sterling silver with a briolette of crystal quartz and cubic zirconia:

The finished earrings were quite large and very striking, with a lot of movement.  I used sterling silver leverbacks for the earwires, but I don’t have a photo of the finished piece.

One Reply to “Jewelry Made-to-Order”

  1. Antoinette says: April 24, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Those last earrings do look rather large. Pretty, but big! Let me know if you want me to take pictures of the pieces I have of yours. I wear my “creatress” ring very often. It’s a show stopper!

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