It should come as a surprise to no one that when shopping for bridal jewellery, the number one goal of brides-to-be is finding something that feels special. After all, no two loves are the same, so why should the jewellery that celebrates it be so uniform? Thankfully, if the traditional diamond ring sounds a little overdone to you, there are plenty of ways to make your wedding jewellery feel more individual—and we’re here to help.
With Kate & Kole’s bespoke bridal pieces, we’ll take you through the process of making your dream ring a reality. The result is something one-of-a-kind that you’ll cherish not only on the wedding day but for years to come afterwards. With our guidance every step of the way, there’s no reason to be overwhelmed. You do the fun of imagining it, and we’ll do the work to bring your jewellery to life.
But where do we begin? Often when a client has an idea in mind, they come to us with an image or sketch that we will use as a jumping off point. Even something as simple as a piece of jewellery or a particular stone that a client wants to reuse can begin the creative process of creating a new bespoke piece. After we come up with some basic parameters together—such as design, colour, bands, chains—then it’s time for the practical considerations.
For customers who have no idea where to begin, we can guide you through a few leading questions—and of course, always recommend searching on Pinterest for other designs that catch your eye to go from there. To make an overwhelming process seem a little easier, we break it down into fairly simple steps. Once the concept is finalized, we then get the quote approved. A 3D render of the jewellery is then created and approved and videos and photos are sent to the customer. Finally, any sizing issues are adjusted, and the jewellery is ready to wear!
Though all of this may sound like a lot at first, Kate & Kole is with you every step of the way. Your design should never be a surprise, and we’ll make sure it’s not. Throughout the process, we will keep you updated with photos, sketches, 3D renders and stone options, even videos. We simply can’t afford to get it wrong so you will need to be prepared to be a part of the process. It’s really fun, we promise. The involvement level varies from one customer to the next, so while we tend to over-communicate if this isn’t your style, you can simply let us know.
No matter what your vision is, one thing is certain: There’s just something so much more special about bespoke pieces. From working with recycled stones and gold to incorporating hidden meanings into wedding bands, the most memorable pieces have been those that we’ve worked hand-in-hand with customers to create. One of our first bespoke designs featured two drawings of lines between the places where the couple met and lived. It was amazingly personal and heartwarming. Another memorable piece was crafted from a spoon purchased by a couple at a festival.
At the end of the day, anyone who is after a piece that’s a little bit different or wants to tell a story should consider bespoke jewellery. Though there is undoubtedly more of a process involved, you’ll feel so connected to the piece because you’ve been a part of its creation. And on top of the design elements, with Kate & Kole you can guarantee your piece will also be of the utmost quality.
For simple pieces, we cast them in the same way we do all our Kate & Kole jewellery—ensuring a flawless finish. For those who want something more crafted, however, the jewellery is made entirely by hand. And while the craftsmanship is next-to-none, we do our bit to make sure the materials are as well. We have a diamond supplier, a gemstone supplier and a gold supplier, all of which we have researched thoroughly and trust with our own creations. We choose to work only with these suppliers because we know exactly where the stones come from, and we know the quality of the gold and stones is nothing short of superb. We want the best quality jewellery for your dream piece, so we do everything we can to make it happen.
Every piece is either handmade in Newcastle or cast in Sydney and then finished by hand in Newcastle. Over the course of the bespoke creation process, we rely on email to communicate with the client, so where you are based doesn’t really matter. There may be some small additional postage costs but that’s the only difference. The entire process can take around two months, but if there is a strict deadline involved, we can sometimes complete a piece more quickly. As long as you communicate your needs, we are happy to work together to make it happen. Thinking of creating your own bespoke piece now? Here are some of the first considerations to take into account:
- Size: Size is is obviously extremely important. We want your dream jewellery to fit you! It can be tricky to get right if you’re having the piece made for someone, so it’s best to start thinking about this sooner rather than later.
- Material: The material choice is important especially if your jewellery is being made to match to another piece. The difference in colour between 9K and 18K gold can be more drastic than you might imagine.
- Timeframe: When you first come to us, it’s important to have a deadline in mind, that way we can work together to create the best possible jewellery without having to crunch— it’ll save everyone stress down the line.
- Special touches: Some of the easiest ways to personalise your bespoke piece include engraving or using recycled gold and stones. Not only is it unique and sentimental, but also a cost-effective way to make your dream jewellery a reality.
- Cost: As with any other bridal jewellery, we know that costs can sometimes seem astronomical. Before we begin, have an idea of your budget and begin considering ways to craft a piece that will fit your vision without breaking the bank. Using stones other than diamonds is a really quick way to half the price. White sapphires are beautiful, l as well as other coloured stones like rubies and emeralds. Another popular stone at the moment is Morganite, which has a subtle rose gold sheen. Again, reusing old gold for the band will save you a couple of hundred dollars, which is always a nice bonus.
If all of this sounds good to you, and you think it might be time to start creating your own bespoke bridal jewellery, don’t hesitate to get in touch! Fill out the form below to make an appointment either over the phone or in our Newcastle studio. We love love, and we can’t wait to be a part of encapturing yours in a piece of jewellery to last a lifetime.
We are so grateful for Claire and Tom who let us not only be a part of their special but to help create their beautiful wedding rings. Tom also gifted Claire our Stella necklace on the morning of their big day.
Another special thank you to Jessica Lee for capturing this day so perfectly.
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