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Designing For You…Personalised Commissions

November 1, 2010

One of the best things about being a designer is that I am able to create exclusive, One-off pieces for people on a personal, one-to-one basis. This allows me to translate my customer’s idea, or message into something physically beautiful that matches their visual preferences and opens up my mind to other styles. Often these people will inspire me and sometimes I will develop a collection that follows a similar theme after designing for them. This is not to say that I would ever repeat an idea commercially, as that is strictly against my policy, a one-off piece is completely and utterly unique to the person it is designed for.

We are not limited to finding only one style beautiful, you could look at three totally different types of design and find them all beautiful, yet one will resonate with you more than the others may do. This is what makes my job so interesting, as every person has a different preference because of who ‘they’ are. The designs I create are a match to the individual’s character as much as their style, and because of this the end result is always something utterly cherished by the recipient.

My customers are mostly buying a gift for a loved one, there is no better way to say “I love you” than taking the time to actually design something indivually for that special person. Other than the overall shape and form, there are ways to make this conceptual piece even more meaningful, for example by engraving a secret message, or incorporating a certain stone in a certain place giving it more significance and concept. Using colours, or cuts to really evoke the ideas that we are trying to communicate.

This month allowed me to create two beautiful pieces for a couple celebrating their 3rd Anniversary. They are still very deeply in love, which is always a joy to design with as they are not afraid to share their emotions. For the woman, I designed a pair of earrings, she has a delicate neck and prefers her jewellery to be light and playful, much like her character so I kept this in mind while designing. Her boyfriend also wanted a way to communicate the ‘three’ year mark, as well as creating something meaningful and precious to show her how much she means to him. I have had the pleasure of designing something for her before so I also kept that commission in mind and designed a piece that would match, or could be worn on its own.

The result was a pair of delicate earrings, three little rings hung from a delicate chain beneath a tiny diamond stud in each ear. The little rings, reduce in size and sit behind one another, so that when you view them from the front it looks like a tunnel – representing the journey of their continual love. The beauty of this design was the movement it allowed, the rings interact with one another, swinging together creating a barely audible, but very beautiful tinkling sound as they touch. Reminding her as she wears them how their love is dancing and developing.

For the man, we agreed that jewellery was not going to be the best option. We thought about his hobbies and passions and came up with an object that would be better suited to him. After all, I am a designer and a silversmith as well as a jewellery designer. I suggested a personalised chess piece – of course this would be the King, as he is the King of his life. Living in Dubai, we used the local language as inspiration and designed a 3D piece from the word King written in Arabic Calligraphy. This is probably one of my favourite designs to date. It is original, elegant, and totally different. We decided to black-gold plate it, incorporating 6 small black diamonds and white Cz crytals on elements of the word. The final design looks like a flame, sweeping and diving around a central diamond which represents the soul of their love. The inscription *ETERNAL*LOVE* chases itself around the base in a circle representing eternity.

If you have an idea that you would love to create for yourself or a loved one please get in touch, I will be able to give you a quote by editting the intricacies of the design and materials to suit your budget. Christmas is just around the corner!!

clare@phioro.com

www.phioro.com

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