Alyssa Smith Bespoke Jewellery Service
Step by step
Team Alyssa love nothing more than creating you that special and personalised piece of jewellery that can be enjoyed both now, and be cherished forever.
Our aim is to bring your wildest jewellery dreams to life (within reason, hehe!) If you can dream it, we can nearly always make it!
THINKING OF HAVING SOMETHING MADE?
The bespoke process in 3 simple steps
It is really helpful to have a rough idea of what you are looking for when you come to us to have something special made. Why not browse through current designs of Alyssa’s, our past bespoke projects or other jewellery you have seen that you like the feel of. We recommend you gather some rough ideas and inspiration for the type of jewellery you might like- such as necklace, cufflinks etc, along with a rough budget where possible. Providing us with a rough budget will help us to shape ideas to suit your ideal spend.
Do not worry if you are stuck for ideas and inspiration during the early stages; that’s perfectly normal! Just provide us with a starting point, and as much information as you can, mentioning any special birthdays, months, words, places or anything else you might think we will find useful!
Please note that due to the popularity of our bespoke jewellery service, pieces can take between 4-12 weeks to complete. The actual time frame will depend on a few things including the waiting list time, how busy we are, and complexity of your project.
Don’t be afraid to ask us how long your idea might take to bring to life- We will normally be able to give you a quick answer once we’ve gathered the information from you about your project, but we do recommend you getting in touch with us nice and early if it is a special present you are looking to have made, or a Christmas gift as our books do become very booked up. If you require something urgently, we can often tailor our ideas to suit your timeframe.
DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
The next stage of the bespoke jewellery service is to develop and refine first ideas and thoughts into real designs (where needed). Some designs are quite straight forward so will not require much designing or ‘toing and froing’, whilst others that are more complex and detailed may require a lot more thought and development.
The design process can be quite quick if you have a clear idea in mind from the outset of how you would like your special piece to look, but other projects may take a little longer….and that’s okay – it’s important it’s absolutely perfect!
The design and development part of the bespoke process is where you can really see the ideas and concepts coming to life. Team Alyssa will work closely with you– before, during and after the bespoke design process. Once you are happy with your design, we can progress to the next stage. We will discuss any deadlines and finer details with you, and provide sketches/diagrams where necessary.
At this stage, you are welcome (and encouraged!) to give feedback and contribute any more ideas or changes to the design – It’s important that your special piece is perfect, so we understand you may require a bit of time to mull it over or discuss with a loved one. We will send all relevant information over for you to read in your own time, plus any sketches/photographs if needed. This also serves as a record of your query and ideas in case either of us need to refer back to it at a later stage during the process.
MAKING THE MAGIC HAPPEN
Once you are entirely happy with your piece, and payment has been made in full, your gorgeous piece will be made in our Hertfordshire workshop by Alyssa, and the same amount of care and attention is given to every piece which we make. Alyssa will hand craft your jewellery using traditional silversmithing/goldsmithing/stone setting techniques, and should you have decided on gemstones for your design, she will let you choose these yourself if needed. You will also be given a rough ‘making time’ prior to commencing with your order, so you will know when to expect your finished piece. Time to mark an ‘x’ on the calendar and count down the days!
Once your beautiful piece is finished, we will wrap it in our signature luxury packaging, which is perfect for storing your piece in when you are not wearing it, or for taking with you on your travels (wherever your travels may take you!) Our beautiful packaging has also been thoughtfully designed, so if you do not wish to keep the box, you may recycle it. Your new piece will be securely sent to you by Royal Mail, using their Special Delivery service, which is fully insured- and for International deliveries, we use the Royal Mail International delivery service – so you can sit back and relax – the hardest part is waiting for the postie to deliver that special package!
If the piece is for a gift, customers often like to keep sketches (where given) and bespoke ‘in the making’ photographs to give to the jewellery recipient along with the finished piece. Some of our customers even like to make a little album and give that along with the jewellery too.
This is a really popular idea and allows the recipient to see exactly how the piece was designed, and how much of your hard work has gone into the bespoke design! If this is something you would like us to log for you, please do let us know and we can make sure we take a photograph of your piece being made in our workshop.
If you’re thinking ‘my idea is impossible’, think again, because it may be VERY possible! We have been known to turn all sorts of jewellery dreams into reality, and our extensive gallery of previous bespoke projects will give you an idea of the types of jewellery we are able to create.
Having a piece of bespoke jewellery made by Alyssa is a special and unique experience. With over 10 years of experience with traditional Silversmithing and Goldsmithing skills, we can help bring your ideas to life from our workbenches and jewellery workshop which is in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside.
We can add meaning and symbolism to your special piece through the use of gorgeous gemstones (both precious and semi precious) and with engraving too.
Our wonderful team will be more than happy to help you every step of the way to create something you will treasure.
Mens Silver Dog Tag Pendant
Our customer Andrew was looking for something special he could wear every day to represent his Children, and loved the idea of a traditional style dog tag.
We incorporated a cross into this design and elegant engraving. The result was splendid and he has worn it every day since!
We created this wonderful dog tag necklace fromsterling silver from our customers initial sketches and ideas. Once we hadworked together to come up with something workable, it was hand cut, engravedand fully hand polished.
Aston Martin Logo Necklace with Emerald
We were honoured to make this incredible pendant for Aston Martin, which features their iconic logo and was set with a tiny, sparkling emerald.
A Rugby Fan’s Dream Come True in Silver!
“Oh my gosh- my bespoke pieces have arrived and I love them! I am a huge Rugby fan and my parents offered to get me something special after the help I have given them when my gran was ill. With the help of team Alyssa I decided on the logo of my Rugby team on a shirt with COYQ engraved on it for my Pandora bracelet and a logo pendant (I support Harlequins RUFC aka Quins) I am sooo pleased with both pieces!
They are definitely my favourite two pieces now and I couldn’t be without them. Thank you so much Alyssa!”
further information AND PAYMENT
Once we have arranged exactly what you are looking for and you are all ‘smiles’ and happy to go ahead with your special piece, we will send over your final project details for you to look through and check in your own time- This document will be sent via email, in writing and will contain everything you need to know about your project- from sizes, prices, finer details and everything else too. Do make sure you read everything carefully at this stage and let us know of any amendments or changes you may need before we commence. Once you are happy with your design specifications and have confirmed in writing (via email or facebook message) that all details are correct and that you are ready to go ahead, we can proceed with your payment and get your special piece booked in!
Payments to us can be made in several ways, and we will discuss this in full with you at the time of your order being placed with us. Once an order for your bespoke jewellery has been placed with us, no major changes can be made and it cannot be cancelled.
Please see our full terms and conditions for bespoke jewellery here.
If you are thinking of having something special for yourself or someone you love made, we would love to hear from you to help turn your jewellery dreams into something that can be cherished now and for years to come. Team Alyssa have over 10 years’ experience in bespoke jewellery designing and making, and each special project that is entrusted to us receives the same amount of care and attention to detail. We can’t wait to hear from you!
Sterling Silver Star Pendant set with blue topaz
Silver Heart Bracelet with Initials and Alexandrite Stone
This incredible replica charm was made in sterling silver and engraved
Where the magic happens