Have you been thinking of commissioning a bespoke piece, but you don't live anywhere near Noosa? We are so fortunate to live in this technological era where a global access to anything you want is practically at your fingertips. Getting something hand made from a distance is not as difficult or as risky as you might think.
Establishing my jewellery business and gold smithing education roots in Melbourne, I was so lucky to have developed such crucial ties and relationships to really what is considered the epicentre of manufacturing jewellery in Australia. Initially I assumed that the majority of my private commission jobs would come from personal interaction with local Melbournites. Granted, a significant portion of my clients were local, however I was surprised at just how many people were from interstate and were willing to be guided by correspondence to commission a special piece of jewellery.
Making the big decision to uproot and move to the sunnier shores of Noosa Qld was certainly made easier with the comforting fact that these special, supportive, and trusting types of people would still be around, and these long distance commissions would only continue to grow.
It's really so easy to initiate the process. A simple email or phone call will do. The chain of emails that then follow are filled to the brim with ideas, pictures, sketches, ball park quotes, alternatives, and lots of technical information ('cos that's super important to me ;) and all of this is of course completely obligation free. There is nothing to pay until the final design and final quotes are all agreed upon.
I have heard from some people that this type of process has been somewhat more beneficial to them than talking to someone in store and being bombarded with information overload. The option to be able to read and re-read the information and digest it in the privacy of your own abode can be really helpful in determining what it is that you really want.
If you have any questions about the process, don't be shy, ask away!
Here are some of the more recent commissions that were all done by correspondence