I have made many commissions over the years, they are interesting, inspiring, often challenging and when I reveal the finished piece to the customer I hope to exceed their expectations; but the finished piece hides the amount of background work that is involved.
The end piece of jewellery is the tip of the iceberg, disguising the hours of sketches, process refinement and most time consuming of all, the long email conversations (especially during lockdown) that sometimes occur.
One memorable piece involved over thirty separate interactions, for a very simple piece costing little over £100, including materials, hallmarking, tax and packaging. I understand, and really enjoy the excitement, but it only takes a couple of these a month to make the process unsustainable.
So if I mention commissions start at £100 upwards, perhaps you will understand why.