From Conception to Creation

Creating a bespoke commission piece is always extremely exciting for us at W.E Clark and Son and it is something we really pride ourselves on and excel at. Recently we were asked by a long-standing client to create a totally unique piece. "It was a tough brief, to create a 'stacking ring', containing seven diamonds to, in essence, replace an eternity ring," said Richard, the client requesting the commission. "Being that this was the first time I had not seen the finished article when purchasing a piece of jewellery, it was a strange feeling to know that our discussions would result in a bespoke piece."

After sharing initial ideas, Daniel Blackford, the Lewes Branch Manager worked to create some ideas that would be agreeable. The first consultation is always the most important, as we need to make sure we are fully understanding the client's requirements. "Various discussions and sketches were covered as Daniel wrestled with the inability to verbalise what I was after - but I am sure he's used to that!" We reached a point of understanding, that with any commission involves a significant amount of trust." said Richard. "But having used W.E Clark and Son on numerous occasions previously, it wasn't hard in reality to have that faith" he added.

The general time-frame for such pieces can be four to six weeks in length, but of course, if there is a specific deadline we will always discuss this first so we meet expectations, the face-to-face consultations make the difference, we are able to understand the requirements and indeed the recipients of these beautiful pieces, and when it comes to collection day we just as excited as the client when we make the big reveal.

Richard agrees "As I approached the shop in Lewes, there was an amount of trepidation, but of course, this was overshadowed by a feeling of excitement that after two weeks I was finally going to see it, and in a nutshell, I was blown away, the team at W.E Clark and Son pulled it off with ease, my wife and I, will be eternally grateful. Her face was a picture, she was truly speechless, she absolutely loved it." 

W.E Clark and Son undertake around 50-100 bespoke commissions every year.

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The initial consultation with drawings on the right, to the stunning result on the left.