What is a Commission?
In art, a commission is a request for a unique original work in the style of a particular artist. I consider all of my custom pieces to be commissions because they are original works of art created in collaboration with you, the client. I love working alongside people, hearing their stories, and designing pieces that speak directly to them while maintaining my signature style.
Every Kristen Baird® commissioned piece is a singular work of art inspired by nature and handcrafted with love. If you find yourself drawn to my work but have a vision of your own, please reach out to me. I’d love to collaborate with you and make your dream a reality.
Types of Commissions and Pricing
Transparency has always been a core value of my business. It’s important to be upfront about expectations, especially when it comes to pricing. Because of the nature of commissions, every project is different. However, there are a few general categories that most projects fall into. These categories are customizations, one-of-a-kind pieces, and bespoke pieces.
Customizations are variations or upgrades to existing pieces in my collections. For example, you may want to add some heirloom accent stones to a Dandelion Bloom Ring or change the setting on an engagement ring. I pride myself on being able to customize virtually any piece to create something special for you. This is what sets my work apart! Some of my favorite customizations include the Awaited Upgrade and the Aquamarine Milestone. Generally, customizations fall within the $1K-$3K price range.
The majority of my commissions fall within the $3-$5K price range, which is one-of-a-kind pieces. They mostly incorporate gold or platinum and combine various elements of my style to create something completely unique. They often incorporate heirloom gems or reflect something about the individual or couple. The client and I will collaborate on every phase of the project, from the initial sketch to models, and the final product. Examples of one-of-a-kind pieces include the Bezel Beauty, Sapphire Sweetheart, and Paraiba Tourmaline Proposal. These original pieces are true treasures that can be passed down for generations.
Finally, bespoke pieces are those rare commissions that involve designing something entirely from scratch. These pieces will still reflect my signature style but with features I’ve never explored before and contain elements not found in my existing designs. They often incorporate gold or platinum and require all new molds and parts. Examples include the Matriarch Memento, Fabulous Fireworks, and Pink Sugar. Bespoke commissions start at $5K, but they vary greatly depending on the scope of the piece. I absolutely love these projects, but space is limited so reach out right away to see how timelines may fall!
Now that you have an idea of the type of commissions I work on, let’s talk about the process! The first step is to fill out my Commission Inquiry Form to give me a general idea of your project. (No need to stress about your answers. This is just a starting point.) Next, I’ll contact you via email to schedule a one-on-one consultation. Depending on where you’re located, this can either be done virtually or in person.
At the consultation, we’ll go over the details of your project such as design, budget, materials, and timeline. Based on this discussion, I’ll send over the contract and a request for the initial deposit. Once the contract is signed and the deposit paid, I’ll get started on your work of art!
Because I craft every commission myself, I can only take a limited number per quarter. If you have your heart set on receiving your piece by a specific deadline, please reach out right away so I can get you added to my studio calendar. Once projects get started, they typically take 6-8 weeks to complete.
Are there any commissions you won’t take?
If this piece you envision doesn’t fit the Kristen Baird® style, I might not be the right designer for you. That’s okay! There are so many talented jewelry makers out there and, depending on what you want, I may even be able to point you in the right direction.
Let’s Get Started!
Commissions are a beautiful way to commemorate milestone events, express love, or celebrate yourself. They also offer the experience of working alongside an artist to create something new and original. These pieces are more than just jewelry. They’re incredible memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. I can’t wait to get started!