The most important aspect of a creating a bespoke design is YOU. So for me the essential first step is to talk to you and get to know you a little better. We’ll chat about what you like, what you don't like, how the jewellery will be used: for example, is it a piece for special occasions or for everyday wear?. How much do you want to spend? Do you like gemstones or do you own a treasured gemstone that you would like to be incorporated into the design? I often hear customers say 'I don't know what I want, I have a necklace / bracelet from x that I never wear but would like it made into something else'. Just chatting can throw up amazing ideas, giving me a great starting point for creating a design that’s right for you. Your personal likes and dislikes are crucial triggers here. For instance, 'I love nature' would lead me to think about organic forms, leaves, flowers or animals, for inspiration. I will then sketch out some initial designs and show them to you: this is your chance to say 'Yes I love that!' or 'No, definitely not' or 'That’s nice but I prefer that catch/pattern etc'. I do not currently charge for initial design sketches, but I do hold the design rights on all sketches and design drawings produced in this phase.