Bespoke commissions give Castro a great opportunity to work closely with customers to bring special pieces to life.
Commissions take 4+ months to complete, depending on the scope and intricacy of the design, the process can sometimes take longer.
Including as much detail as possible when you get in touch helps me produce the most accurate designs during the conception and sketching phase.
Commission type | Ring, pendant, bracelet etc.
Main metal type | Yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, silver
Plating, if any | Blue, purple, black or white rhodium, yellow or rose gold plate
Stones, if any |
Design inspiration | Reference Castro's instagram portfolio or send photographs and other imagery you have
Textures or finishes | Matt, shiny, textured etc
Special dates, names and places |
Inscription, if any | Inside the band of the ring or on the back of a pendant
Ideal completion date | Please consider that bespoke commissions take upwards of 4 months to complete
Budget range | We can give a variation of quotes to fit to your budget range
What to expect
For bespoke commissions, the process begins by talking through ideas and discussing the information you have provided based on the points above. We can then start to advise on metal types, shapes and finishes to fit your brief in order to quote for the piece.
Due to the fact that Castro works alone, and sketching is labour intensive, for anything custom there is a charge of £500 + VAT for Castro to produce design drawings, this includes two rounds of amendments. The first drawing will include all of your ideas and the final sketch will be narrowed down to more detailed final sketch. The £500 + VAT deposit will be deducted from the total price of the ring, which will be invoiced to you once the design is finalised and before we start production.
Sketch consultations can take place via email, phone call, WhatsApp or in person in our studio.
All designs are owned by Castro Smith. If you would like to pay for exclusivity then this can be discussed.
If you're unsure about the metal type you'd like, here is some information about the ones Castro works with most.
9k white gold has a natural yellow pigment to the metal18k white gold has a darker hue to it, in my head, it's almost chocolatey. I really like working with this metalWith yellow gold, there is a slight colour difference between 9k and 18k. 9k gold contains less pure gold than 18k therefore the intensity of colour is less – hence the difference in cost, too.
You will find that the higher the karat of gold, the more the weight increases.
It is so much more beautiful in person than I could have thought. It fits perfectly! I can't wait until I get to wear it every day (just 2 more days!!). Thank you again for all your help in this process and in ensuring the ring arrived on time and just right. I really really appreciate it.
I can't stress enough how much Hanne LOVES the ring. Like I think she was more excited about that than the whole getting married thing. She knew exactly who made it the moment she saw it. The size is perfect for her. It looks just how I imagined.Thank you so much for all your help. I really enjoyed the whole process.
I am really happy and enjoying the uniqueness of your art work. I became a big fan and hopefully will order something else from you.