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  • The Ivy Collection
    by Selini

  • The Ivy Collection
    by Selini

No.I
Discovery

Private Commission Process

AT YOUR FIRST CONSULTATION ROBIN WILL DISCUSS WITH YOU BASIC DESIGN CONCEPTS, STONE OPTIONS AND BUDGETS. HE WILL PRODUCE INITIAL SKETCHES AND TOGETHER YOU CAN EXPLORE VARIOUS DESIGN POSSIBILITIES.

‘It’s very important for me to meet with all my clients personally, at every stage of the process; it’s a crucial element of the way I work'.

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No.II
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

Private Commission Process

WHEN THE IDEAS FROM YOUR INITIAL CONSULTATION HAVE BEEN REFINED YOU WILL MEET ROBIN AGAIN. HE WILL THEN SHOW YOU MORE DETAILED DRAWINGS OF THE PROPOSED DESIGN AND YOU WILL SEE THE STONES, MATERIALS, DIAMONDS OR GEMSTONES HE HAS SELECTED FOR YOU TO CHOOSE FROM. AT THIS POINT ROBIN WILL DISCUSS WITH YOU SPECIFIC DESIGN ELEMENTS AND IDEAS HE WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE.

‘I usually give clients several stone options but they nearly always go for the one their eye is drawn to first, it’s an instinctive thing’.

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No.III
Prototyping

Private Commission Process

An important part of refining and perfecting a design is the prototyping stage, with each piece that Robin produces being totally unique the development stages are crucial. Once Robin has produced a working prototype he will present it to you for your approval.

‘To get a design just right you must hold it in your hand, proportions and scale cannot be assessed on paper alone’.

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No.IV
Metalwork

Private Commission Process

Once your design has been approved Robin will proceed to make the piece, there are a variety of skills and processes required to produce the metalwork (or mount) which can vary depending on the piece Robin is making. Every aspect of manufacture is undertaken by Robin personally in our Cedar farm workshop where you can see your piece being made throughout the different stages.

‘Creating an attractive design is one thing, turning that idea into a beautifully made piece of metalwork is quite another’.

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No.V
diamond Setting

Private Commission Process

Once the gold or platinum work is finished the penultimate and often most time-consuming stage is the setting of the diamonds or gemstones. Robin is an accomplished diamond setter specialising in complex pave work, known for his use of traditional french techniques alongside his own unique setting styles. You will be invited to see your piece being set, a unique opportunity to see your jewel being brought to life and allowing you a glimpse into the microscopic world of precision diamond setting.

‘Clients are invariably fascinated when seeing their piece being set, they really start to understand and appreciate how much work goes into our jewellery when they see the minute scale that I often work at’.

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No.VI
FINISHING

Private Commission Process

After setting the final stage is finishing, where Robin will polish and apply specialist finishes. He polishes all of his work under microscope to get a perfect finish. If the piece is a specialist material, like titanium, then colouring techniques will be applied.

‘It’s only when you finally polish a jewel that it comes to life, if it’s a piece I’ve been working on for months I look forward to it with great anticipation, it’s the most rewarding part of the process for me.’

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No.VII
presentation

Private Commission Process

When Robin presents you with your piece you will receive a Certificate of Authenticity and Lifetime Guarantee with details about your jewel including its unique Reference number. This number is made up of two parts, the year of creation and the chronological number of the piece as it left the workshop.

‘I love presenting a finished piece to a client and waiting for their reaction’.

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