Commissioning a piece of bespoke handmade jewellery is a fantastic way of owning a piece that’s imbued with meaning and totally unique to you. Whether you’re looking for a special ring, necklace or earrings for yourself or searching for a gift for a loved one then bespoke jewellery is the answer.
You can have as much or as little input as you like into the process. You might have some vague or very specific ideas about what you’re after, either way is fine. But, if you’re in need of a little inspiration for a bespoke handmade jewellery commission then why not read more about three recent pieces I have created recently and how they were made. Oh, and you might notice whilst reading this that I have a SERIOUS thing for triangles (!)
Above: Gold vermeil chunky open triangle cufflinks by Elin Horgann Jewellery
1) Open triangle cufflinks in gold vermeil
It's been a while since I made any cufflinks, but I really enjoyed making this bespoke pair as a gift from a bride to her groom. With the price of gold continuing to rise, gold vermeil can be a really good wallet friendly alternative to solid gold. Gold vermeil is a silver base with a thick layer of gold plating over the top that makes it more durable than standard gold plating. It has to be 2.5 microns thick or above to be classed as vermeil.
These one-off triangle cufflinks were created from beautifully chunky 3mm recycled silver wire. Again I used a piece with a square cross section to give those nice sharp angles. The fastening was created from four jump rings soldered into a short chain and then finished with another piece of square section wire to compliment the front of the cufflink.
Above: Circle triangle geometric earrings in 9ct gold with diamond accents by Elin Horgan Jewellery
2) Diamond and 9ct recycled gold triangle circle earrings
If you’re struggling for ideas when considering a bespoke piece then why not think about putting your own twist on an existing design? I have made these circle/triangle earrings (above) in recycled silver and gold plated silver for many years, but my client wanted them crafted in 9ct recycled gold with the addition of a little diamond in each corner.
I created these from 1mm 9ct gold square section wire to give them that lovely clean crisp look finish. The 3mm diamonds were set into a piece of gold tubing soldered into the top corner. I left the back of the tube open so that the light could shine through and give the diamonds a little extra sparkly. What a great spin on the original!