At Edith & Kiveen our bespoke design process is all about the personal, and you can be as closely and intimately involved in every step as you want to be. From the face-to-face consultation at the outset of every commission through all subsequent stages as the design takes shape and comes to beautiful fruition. From sketching to drawing to modelling and final production, the entire process is designed to keep you at the very centre. Whether it is to be a surprise or gift, we will take time to get to know the person for whom the piece is to be designed, either (and preferably) by meeting them, or by learning about them from you.
Our designer, Nicola Rees Mumford, will bring her extensive knowledge of gemstones, her creative flair and innate skill for finding the precise gem and design for the piece to help shape your requirements. With a close consideration of budget parameters, strong project management and a firm belief in helping you find the right design to suit the wearer’s personality, we’re sure that you will find our bespoke consultation service friendly, unintimidating, fully dependable and fun.
With the skill to create both the finest traditional pieces, along with the flair and creativity to design cutting-edge contemporary pieces to meet your needs, you are guaranteed exceptional customer satisfaction and an unforgettable piece of jewellery to treasure.
We’ve developed a simple 4-step process for creating your one-off piece of jewellery.
Step 1: Initial consultation
We work best when starting with a face-to-face meeting with you. The initial consultation will last from around 30 minutes and can be at a place of your choosing and convenience, or if you are further afield, we can use Skype. This is a crucial part of our design process and helps us to understand your requirements for the proposed piece, including any existing sources of inspiration, colour ideas and early sketches, generating our own drawings on paper to begin to work out shape, form and proportion, also discussing materials and stones.
If you have any pictures or reference materials or sketches of your own, do bring them along, though they’re not essential. Also, tell us if you have a special occasion or particular date in mind, we will always do our best to accommodate these, if possible.
Where we are sourcing stones for you, we will arrange a further meeting to discuss and refine your choices, always consulting with you before any stones are set.
Step 2: Design concepts
We will create sketches and refine designs according to your feedback until you are happy with it. We can also model the design in silver or wax as a ‘protoype’ for you to view, so you can get a real sense of how the piece will look on.
If happy, we will ask you to sign the designs off.
Step 3: Crafting your piece
Once you are happy with your designs or model, our team in London will handcraft the finished item in the precious metal of your choice, and using any sourced or supplied stones.
In the case of rings, we will confirm sizings with a fitting before finalization.
Step 4: Delivery
We will be clear about delivery timescales. The process usually takes 4-6 weeks from the initial consultation, depending on availability for stage sign-offs and requirements for stone sourcing, and once ready your piece will be packaged for delivery or collection.