Commissioning jewellery design or repairs


Commissioning jewellery design or repairs can be a leap of faith for the customer.   Allowing the designer free rein can be unnerving.  Familiarising yourself with the designer’s work and style helps with the selection process.  

This week I have repaired jewellery for two customers. The first one was a request to shorten a bracelet and the other a little more complicated. It was to create a new necklace from the broken remains.


1. clean the jewellery.
2. consider the customer’s style.
3. evaluate what gemstones and findings can be used in the new design.
4. design and make the piece.

The customer was delighted with the end result, which provided her with two different necklaces.



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November birthstones: Topaz and Citrine

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November babies are fortunate to have the choice of two birth stones: Topaz and Citrine

The colours of topaz range from clear (colourless), yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, to green and blue.   Blue topaz has often been treated to bring out the blue colour.

November birthstone: Topaz

This stone is pleochroic, which means that the gem can show different colours in different crystal directions.

Myth and Legend
Topaz brings the wearer joy, generosity, abundance and good health.  It is traditionally known as a stone of love and good fortune.  It promotes honesty, individuality and self-control.

Wedding anniversaries:

  • 4th
  • 23rd for imperial topaz
  • 50th for golden topaz

Citrine is part of the quartz family and ranges from transparent , yellow, yellowish brown to orange and has sometimes been mistaken for Topaz.

November birthstone: Citrine

Myth and Legend

Citrine is a warming, energising and highly creative crystal.  It promotes joy; protects against negative energy and helps concentration.  This gem is also known for abundance and believers will keep a citrine in the wealth corner of their home, in their purse/wallet and traders will keep some in their till.

Wedding anniversaries:

  • 11th as an alternative stone for this anniversary
  • 13th

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