What is  Jewellery Commissioning?

Jewellers (and other makers and artist) often refer to ‘commissions’, but what does it actually mean? I have previously been asked by people – sometimes in an embarrassed tone – “what does commissioning mean?” In fact, there should be no hesitation in asking the question, because I believe it means different things to different people.

For me, working to commission is to offer clients the opportunity to have an input into their piece of jewellery. Essentially, the client likes my style of work, and there are several particular elements of which they would like to include into their design. The final piece will bring together these elements to create a one off piece of jewellery that is in keeping with my style of work.