Commissions

Bespoke Wedding Rings – creating a unique symbol of your love

Designing your own handmade wedding rings is a wonderfully romantic way of expressing your individual style resulting in one of the most significant and personal pieces of jewellery you are ever likely to own. Bring ideas and inspirations with you and either fully involve yourselves in the design process or releax and allow me to create one-off exclusive pieces that you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Often seen as a daunting process, commissioning bespoke pieces can be a very enjoyable and personal experience, from the first appointment to the last when you collect your finished beautiful wedding rings

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“We found Tawny by chance and what a find she was. She made an engagement ring for us which we loved so much that we asked her to make our wedding rings.

She is such a joy to work with; so friendly, caring and passionate about her work.  Each handmade pice of jewellery she designs and creates is beautiful. Everytime you wear it wave it about for all to see!”

Sue & Charlie

I’m not sure what I want

This I can help you with. A lot of people come to the studio with a fixed idea about what they like and many don’t really know where to start. We can discuss your lifestyle – if you’re into sport or if you work with your hands and whether  you’re happy to take off your wedding ring to do work out or do DIY or have you decided that once your wedding ring is on it isn’t coming off?

What I do is listen to your ideas and style preferences and then suggest what will work as a super comfortable, beautiful and practical wedding ring. In reality most people don’t want to take off their rings once they have put them on on their wedding day. I aim to make your ring fit so comfortably that after a few days, even if you are a man who is not used to wearing jewellery, you will really not know you are wearing it whatever the style or scale

At the studio I can show you my collections which include over 100 rings, many of them unisex in style. These show many variations on themes that you can choose from or use as a starting point for your own unique design

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What’s the process?

Either telephone or drop me an email to book an appointment at the studio in London. You can browse through and try on lots of samples and discuss your ideas and we can get a feel for what would be the right kind of  design for you. I will also take ring sizes and notes on your preferences of metal, gold carat, if any precious stones are wanted and wedding dates/deadline for the rings

Once I have that information I’ll  prepare a solid quote for you. If you’re then happy to proceed, a non-refundable 50% deposit is required to start the commission with the remaining 50% payable a couple of days before your final appointment when you’ll collect your completed ring/s

We can then book another appointment to suit you (I am available most evenings after you have finished work as often both partners like to come to the studio together and most Saturdays and even Sundays by appointment. The second appointment is usually about a week or so later by which time I will have carved a number of wax samples ready for you to try on. At this stage we can explore different styles that you like and also nail the exact size and fit that suits your finger – this is so important with heavier weight rings or any design set with a large stone

Once you have tried on the wax samples and settled on a design and fit you love I will then carve a final design. This ring is then cast in the metal of your choice, hand-finished, London Assay Office hallmarked (stone-set/hand-engraved if required) and ready for collection at our final appointment

Having your wedding rings handmade for you is a very enjoyable process and I do understand that weddings although exciting can get very stressful when planning them, so I aim to take a little bit of stress out of your big day by sorting out your rings with the minimum o fuss

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“In a word Wow! We spent ages trying to find someone to make our wedding rings and we were running out of hope until we found Tawny. Her jewellery has distinctive character, real style and individuality and perfectly crafted finishes. On meeting her we knew we had found the right person to make our rings. She was a super nice person and completely transparent about the whole process, costs and all. She steered us brilliantly through decision and design with a series of enjoyable meetings. Not once did we feel rushed or persuaded, in fact Tawny went out of her way to make it clear that these rings would be a special part of our lives forever, so she wanted to make sure we were truly happy – she certainly delivered on that. We now have truly individual and amazing rings that we absolutely love. Being involved in the designing and each stage as our rings took shape has made them all the more special to us”

Nick & Carien

How much will it cost?

I work out costs according to size, weight, carat of metal you’d like and design of your ring. My quote includes appointments, wax samples to finalise your exact design and perfect fit, final waxes, casting, hand-finishing and finally hallmarking. Once you have chosen a style at your first appointment I am able to email over a quote with a very accurate price – this price will only move if the final design is very different from the ring quoted

How long will it take?

Typically from the first appointment to collecting the finished rings takes around three weeks. Although I have turned around straightforward designs in two weeks, this can be tight! Really, to ensure the whole process is as relaxed and enjoyable as possible if you can allow three to four weeks 

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I’d like you to recycle my old gold and diamonds

No problem. If you have family jewellery you’ve inherited or pieces that you never wear that you’d like remade into a contemporary design I can easily do this. Sometime people bring their grandparents wedding rings that they’d like made into their wedding rings – this is all doable. Just bring these pieces to your first appointment and we can discuss how to do this. I am currently making a lot of rings for clients with old family jewellery and it has been really interesting to just take the stones and run with the designs. If you look at the ‘Irregular Designs’ portfolio you will see some of the results

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“I’ve bought many pieces of jewellery from Tawny over the years…everything is beautifully crafted, comfortable and unique.

She listens to what her clients want and gives great suggestions to make your idea even better. Couldn’t recommend her enough”

Beccie

A note about metal prices

All precious metal prices change twice daily. It doesn’t occur often, but if I give you a quote for rings and you then decide to go ahead a few months later I may need to requote if the metal price has moved significantly higher

I might want a white diamond….or a green sapphire or deep scarlet garnets

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If you would like your design to include diamonds or any other precious stones I can provide a variety for you to choose from. I source from highly reputable stone dealers in Hatton Garden and they can source unusual stones if you are looking for something particular or out of the ordinary. Once you have chosen your perfect stone I then design the ring around it to enhance the natural beauty of the stone

After our first meeting at the studio to show you samples of wedding rings, discuss your requirements and take ring sizings I will create a series of wax models to capture the ideas discussed and ensure the perfect fit for your ring. I am happy to produce as many wax models as needed to work out the designs you like so that you can see these in 3d and get a sense of how the finished piece will look and feel. It is very easy at this stage to tweak designs to reach your ideal wedding ring. Once the designs are perfected I will cast in the precious metals of your choice and we can also discuss textural finishes, stones and engraving you would like. Often clients like their wedding dates engraved inside their rings or each others’ names. All my rings are hallmarked at the London Assay Office. The hallmark is your guarantee of metal quality and also states the makers initials, where the rings were hallmarked and the year the rings were made.

If the designs are very straightforward, only the initial meeting is necessary and a final appointment to pick up the finished rings completes the process. If visiting the studio is unrealistic, I am happy to work out your designs at a distance – I have made many rings for people overseas and the only thing to take into consideration is that the rings will take a little longer to create, due to wax models being posted and designs refined by instruction over email and phone, but really, this is not difficult and I have made many wedding rings for people that I have never met. Another option is to send me a ring that already fits so that I can take the size from that – this can also work especially well if you would like a ring made for your partner as a surprise. I have made plenty of engagement rings this way

To discuss your ideas and the bespoke wedding ring process further please drop me a line at bespoke@tawnyphillips.com

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“We had a fantastic time working with Tawny to design our wedding rings! We had all three rings designed to work together and my partners engagement and wedding bands fit together to make one larger ring.

This was a complicated design but Tawny totally got it and helped us work through all the practicalities, resulting in a stunning design that was completely to our budget. We absolutely love them and they are utterly unique”

Stuart & Bryony

Engraving

All engraving is done by hand and is charged per letter or number and can be done in many different fonts. If there is a pattern, date or personal message you would like inscribed inside or outside of your ring this can be done. You can even have your handwriting copied into the inside of a ring for an extra personal touch. You are only limited by the space inside the ring and your imagination!

Wedding Bands

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Bespoke wedding bands for men and women start at £950. The range of textured wedding bands shown on this site range in price depending on the carat of gold used and the ring size and scale and whether diamonds or precious stones are included

Bearing in mind my idea of ‘slim’ is at least three times the weight of high street rings, I don’t make anything under a 2mm thickness, especially when textured (as I need some depth to carve into) and usually nothing slimmer in width than 4mm. The exception being a skinny band of platinum if required – as platinum is such a heavy, strong metal it can made up in very slim styles and still retain superb strength against wear and tear over the years

For heavier, more complex or textured style bespoke rings prices start at £1500 for men and women in 9 carat gold. Very heavyweight silver rings for men start at £750. I have made quite a few extremely heavyweight silver wedding rings for men, but in general I would recommend gold for wedding rings as it will wear far better over the years. Silver being a soft metal can start looking pretty rough relatively quickly, especially if worn by active people who do lots of sport or work with their hands

I get a lot of enquiries asking for ballpark figures for rings. Exact prices depend on your ring size and the weight and scale of the ring you would like. People who commission designs from me value the experience of having unhurried appointments at the studio with no pressure to make quick decisions or be sold something they are unsure of and enjoy the experience of having a wedding ring designed and handmade specifically for them. What I offer is high quality, heavyweight, beautiful designs that are uniquely made for you, for a lifetime

If you’d like to book an appointment at my studio in London to look at ring samples and have an informal chat then please drop me a line  tawny@tawnyphillips.com

“A lovely experience. Tawny designed beautiful rings for us that we will treasure”

Angela & Rosie