I was commissioned to make a couple of unique, statement silver neckpieces by the amazing and wonderful soul that is Malcolm Edwards.
I first met Malcolm at a spiritual haven.
Malcolm is a Scottish born Hairdresser who has worked within the fashion industry for more than two decades, spending his time between London, Paris and New York, with projects taking him all over the world. He regularly collaborates with the industry’s leading photographers and publications, and is known for his exceptional creativity and collaboration with other artists to create visionary images.
(To see Malcolm’s visionary work on Instagram: @1malcolmedwards).
Malcolm and I had a preliminary meeting to discuss the design requirements - to get an idea of his likes and dislikes aesthetically; the look and feel to achieve with each piece; his ideas and visual inspirations; the types of gems he gravitated towards and the dimensions of the final jewellery pieces.
I sourced a variety of gems that would act as centrepieces for the neckpieces. Malcolm chose his favourites: a semi cut/semi rough labradorite & a round Brazilian chrysocolla.
I then started designing the pieces.
I work somewhat differently to others in that my jewellery designs come through me. When I design I don’t have any preconceived ideas of what I’m about to draw. Nor do I use external inspiration or stimuli in a conscious way. It flows through me - either in visions or I see shapes emerging on the paper in front of me, which I then faithfully draw out. I draw the centrepiece stone that is chosen by the client onto paper and see what designs evolve around it on paper.
It is an exciting process as I never know what is going to emerge!
Before starting to design, I just set the intention that each piece I create help the wearer for their highest good. And so it is. Each piece is embued with high vibrations from the channelled designs.
Here are the two designs Malcolm chose in the end.
As we wanted to customise the filigree detail on the jewellery to suit Malcolm, it was decided to oxidise the sterling silver to give it a more manly and grungy look. (Oxidisation involves blackening certain parts of the silver to add “drama” and heighten the visual effect). See image.
The artisan filigree specialists I work with in Armenia then handcrafted these two pieces.
Note: For commissioning timeframes and other considerations involved, please see the COMMISSIONS page.
The whole process for the commissioning service I offer follows the same sequence of steps that Malcolm and I went through, outlined above.
Consultations and the design process can be carried out either in person or, if you are not based in the UK: through Skype/FaceTime/Emails/Calls. Artwork will be produced to show you a representation of the final jewellery piece, with room to tweak as needed to make the piece perfect for you. A few designs will be produced for each commission to choose from.
After the initial free consultation and the decision being made to proceed, a 50% deposit of the overall fee is payable and the remaining 50% is payable upon completion and delivery of the jewellery. Price quote available upon request.
If you are looking for something completely unique and would like to commission a bespoke piece of jewellery, crafted exclusively for you, I am happy to discuss this with you. Do contact me to arrange an initial consultation.