Jewellery: Bespoke, Made-to-Measure or Ready to Wear?


Much like when buying a suit, there are different ways that you can approach jewellery design. A good independent jewellery shop will stock ready to wear pieces, but will also be able to create bespoke jewellery and alter certain stock pieces, too.

Each type of jewellery has its place and is important in its own way. But what exactly are the differences and when should you invest in each type of piece? At EK Jewellers, Woodford jewellery lovers can pick the right type of jewellery for their occasion and style with this guide to ready-made and custom jewellery.

Ready to Wear Jewellery

Ready to wear jewellery is your everyday, stock pieces of jewellery that can be worn without alteration. These are good quality pieces which can be bought and worn the same day, and here at EK Jewellers, Woodford shoppers will find a variety of pieces in stock at any given time.

Ready to wear jewellery can include costume pieces of jewellery which are fun to wear with any type of outfit. It can be inexpensive and you may find yourself investing in several pieces because it’s good value for money.

This doesn’t mean that ready-made jewellery is always cheap and cheerful, however; some pieces are ready to wear in the sense that they do not need alteration before wearing – such as necklaces or earrings which rarely need to be altered for the wearer – but are still excellent quality pieces made with the best metals and stones.

Made-to-Measure Jewellery

We admit, this term is normally applied to the likes of a tailored suit than jewellery, but it does sum up certain pieces of jewellery that require slight alterations before being worn. For example, a bracelet might be too long or a ring a size too big and therefore may need resizing before they can be worn.

The work required to make such pieces wearable should be simple repairs for any jeweller that carries out jewellery repairs. Woodford is just one of the areas that EK Jewellers serves for such work.

You may also classify jewellery modifications within the made to measure category. This type of work can include inherited pieces which you would love to wear but which require updating before they suit your style, or pieces which have just fallen out of fashion.

If you require modification work to sentimental pieces, ensure you use someone that carries out jewellery repairs on the premises. Woodford and Chigwell residents can use EK Jewellers for these changes.

Bespoke Jewellery

Bespoke jewellery refers to pieces which are created completely from scratch. These pieces are completely unique and special to you! You can let your imagination run wild to design something which is meaningful and pretty all rolled into one, making it completely bespoke to your requirements.

It can be very satisfying to create a bespoke piece of jewellery, but be sure to use a trusted jeweller who has experience of jewellery design and jewellery repairs on the premises. Woodford and Chigwell would-be jewellery designers can use EK Jewellers, and you’ll know therefore that your piece is being created on site.

No matter what type of jewellery you require, EK Jewellers will be able to help. Bespoke, made-to-measure or ready to wear, we have it all!


Posted on by Ian Tubby.