So what exactly is a bespoke piece of jewellery?
The process of choosing a bespoke piece of jewellery is to have the piece modelled to your exact requirements. Types and colours of metals are chosen by the customer, as is the exact stone or stones you may wish to have in it. The various different methods of setting and styling, the weight and durability are all factors that the customer decides on with the help of the House of Solus designer. The piece will be yours and no one else will ever have exactly the same.
I want a bespoke piece of jewellery, is it highly competitive?
No is the simple answer. Unlike the high street we don't have high mark up prices on our pieces of jewellery. Therefore you are already cutting out the middle man so we can guarantee to be competitive on our prices.
How long does it take to have a piece commissioned?
Depending on the design and what you are after it can be as little as a fortnight. For more complex pieces and at busier times your order may take up to eight weeks. However your House of Solus designer will be in touch with you throughout the process. If you are in need of a quick turn around time please let our designer know during your consultation.
Are the stones you use conflict free?
Most certainly. We have a written guarantee with every commissioned piece that all our stones and gems used have been purchased from legitimate sources and comply with UN Resolutions. All diamonds are GIA certified.
Is everything you produce made within the Jewellery Quarter?
Yes. Behind our design studio is our workshop where we use a team of skilled jewellers that have been in the industry for more than 50 years. We believe in keeping all the work we produce local in order to help the Jewellery Quarter thrive and carry on its historic meaning.
How is your jewellery different to the jewellery I've seen on the high street?
This is very simple. Many pieces on the market today, especially those in high street chains, use pre-manufactured rings that have been produced using a process called ‘casting’. This is where a ‘pattern or model’ is made originally and then reproduced identically 1000’s of times. The result is a cheaper item but one that many, many other people will own the exact copy. This will never happen with a bespoke piece. It is very easy to spot the difference between a casting and a handmade piece.
What metals do you work in?
We are able to make your commissioned piece in a range of metals such as platinum, white gold, red gold, yellow gold and palladium. If you are after something more specific then please let your House of Solus designer upon your initial contact.
I have an old piece of jewellery - can any of this be used within my design?
Yes the stones can be unset and reused and we can melt down the metal to help form a new piece of jewellery.
There are no prices on your website - why is this?
The reason there aren't any prices online is because we have used a gallery of work we have commissioned. Each ring price is dependant on the metal, quality, size and type of stones used. Each enquiry is dealt with on a one to one basis.
What else does the House of Solus offer?
As we are situated in the heart of Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter we can offer any type of jewellery service. Resizing, re-polishing and cleaning, restoration and repair is something we can offer to all our customers. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can help.
Is there any pieces that you cannot commission?
Unfortunately yes. Some items have been produced on a mass scale usually in the far east - where the labour and manufacturing is cheaper with lesser quality stones and components. These items are then usually offered to lower end high street stores. We therefore cannot offer a competitive price on these particular pieces.