Handmade wedding jewelry, how to do the righ choice?
You would like to use jewelry specially handmade for you on your wedding day? Or you are planning to use your grandmother’s necklace but when it come to the rest of your jewelry, you can’t find nothing to match. It seems like you need help with your wedding accessories!
Handmade vs. Mass Production
First of all, let’s talk about the difference between the methods of jewelry productions, and their advantages and disadvantages. As well as in other industries, we have three different ways of making jewelry: Mass production, made to order (MTO), Custom Made orders.
Depending on the final product features and its use, there are more or less efficient ways to produce them.
Mass production jewelry
Mass production implies that we are making a big amount of items with identical characteristics. This allows us to organize processes in a way that keep costs as low as possible.
In this way, we are going to obtain many repeated items to a lower prices. For example, the cost of plating one item with gold, is not the same as plating one hundred. When plating one hundred, the price per item will go down.
The main advantage is the cost reduction and, of course, the final price for the customer. In the other hand, we have to manage stock quantity, find a place to store it, and find a lot of customers who would want to wear the same article as the person next to them is wearing.
In the jewelry industry, mass production may be applied to casual or everyday jewelry. It is also known that big companies use this process in order to reduce the costs as well as supply to the worldwide demand.
Small companies, and many artisans, use the Made to Order (MTO) method. This way, the article is handmade once the costumer has bought the jewelry.
The main advantage of this method is the possibility to customize products’ features according to the customer need, simply because they are not made yet (metal finishing, stones color, length of the chain, etc). Having said this, the disadvantage of this method would be that the customer has to wait longer to receive the article.
Now, Custom Made Orders are those that are exclusively made with customer requirements. Design is done just once, for that customer and for that occasion (weddings, events, proms). Normally it is not done again after that. The customer is going to take every decision about the design, the size, the color, and the overall look.
Sometimes this method implies modifications to existing items in order to adjust it to the customer’s needs.
With this method, we are going to obtain the highest level of personalization. Plus the possibility to adjust almost every detail for the occasion. A classic example is weddings, where we can make shoes embellishments, matching earrings, or handbags. It is also a lovely idea to match any jewelry piece with that family necklace you want to wear in your special day.
For those like us who design and produce jewelry, this method allows to use all of our imagination and give us freedom to design a certain item.
Custom made vs Made to Order
At Ileana Elfi, we like to work as close to the customer as we can. For this reason, we choose made to order method and custom orders method as our preferred methods when it comes to wedding jewelry. Because your special day calls for special handmade accessories.
In every item available in our shop, you have the option of choosing crystal colors, metal finishing or chain length before checking out. No matter if is for daily use or you are looking to buy something for a formal event. You will have these options. Therefore, you must choose options and make the order selecting the different variations for each one. In case you do not find what you are looking for, just let us know sending us a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
We made things easy
Furthermore, you can contact us through the “custom order form” . Let us know what is in your mind for your dream piece of jewelry. (Please keep in mind that a custom made order has a longer processing time).
The custom order option is the best one if you’d like to have a really special article made for you. Something you are not going to find at any store and also no other person will be wearing it. It will be an exclusive piece made for you.
Also, custom order will allow you to match the jewelry to other accessories of your outfit. This includes dress embellishment, details and colors, shoes and bags (we can make shoes accessories matching your clutch bag or jewelry), a hair accessory, and so on.
Additionally you can think about all of the details as a whole set and request a custom order for everything.
How to request a custom order on Ileana Elfi
It is really easy to make a custom order in our site. Just look for the “custom order“ option on the Shop menu. Complete the contact form you will find in there. You can tell us a general idea or a very specific idea of what you are thinking of having made. Then, we will contact you through email. We will ask you some questions related to what you’d like. We are going to guide you through it regarding price, design, size and so on. Normally, it will be questions about the color of your outfit, the complementary jewelry, shoes, haircut, etc. The more information you can give, the better!
After we finalize all the details, we will make your custom product.