Whether you have a design in mind, or you would like some design guidance, here you will work together with Lily to create a bespoke piece that is considered and built to last generations.
Lily will typically design the piece herself and then employ the specialist skills of our London based bespoke team who will manufacture the piece either by hand or with the use of 3D printing technology.
A consultation is free of charge and can be done via email/ telephone/ Skype.
Here is an outline of what you can expect when ordering a bespoke piece of jewellery from us in ten steps.
The Ten Steps:
Step 1: Consultation
All lilymccallin bespoke work begins with a consultation. We will ask you the following questions:
- Do you have a set deadline?
- Do you have a budget in mind?
- Do you have an idea of what materials you would like to use?
- Do you already have a vision of what you would like the ring to look like and if so, can you send us some sketches?
We find that some customers are very clear about what they want and some need a little more guidance.
Step 2: Meeting
When we have reached a rough agreement regarding deadline, budget and materials, you will be invited for an optional initial meeting at our studio in Hackney Wick, East London.
This is so that we can measure your ring size.
Some customers also like to visit the studio to take a look at sample materials and some of our other designs.
If you live too far away and / or you’re not able to make it to London for a meeting, please do not worry, as we are more than happy to further discuss your options via email / telephone / skype.
Step 3: Written Agreement
We will send you a written agreement via email outlining the terms of our agreement. To see a sample contact, please click here.
Step 4: Initial Sketches
Lily will spend some time designing based upon the thoughts and ideas discussed in the consultation and meeting. She will then choose 1 or 2 favourite designs to develop.
Step 5: Design Development
The amount of time Lily spends designing will be reflected in the price. The more time spent designing, the more unique the piece will be.
Step 6: Technical Sketches
Technical sketches will take place first by hand and then in CAD.
Step 7: CAD renders
The technical sketch will then be automated into a 3D render. You can then download an App for your smart phone to view the 3D render from all angles.
At this stage we will ask you to review your bespoke piece. If you would like to make any changes, now is the time.
Step 8: Printing
The piece will be printed into resin. In this case this ring was printed in 2 parts. The diamonds are then checked for a perfect fit.
Step 9: Casting and Finishing
At this stage a mould will be taken from the resin piece and it will be cast into wax and then into gold. For this ring we used certified Fairtrade gold from the Sotrami mine in Peru.
This ring was cast in two halves and then given to our professional mounter who joins the two halves together and polishes the ring. The ring is then given to a professional stone setter who ensures that the diamonds are set with precision that comes from decades of experience.
Step 10: Hallmarking
The ring will be taken to the assay office to be hallmarked.
Here you can see the 7 marks, including the London mark and the Fairtrade gold mark.
Please do not hestiate to contact Lily if you have any further queries.