Monday, October 31, 2011

Art of Making: Custom Orders

By: Erica Delp

Even though we haven’t yet enjoyed our Thanksgiving Turkey and Football in 2011, many shoppers have already begun making their holiday gift lists in order to get the perfect finds for loved ones. Like many people, you may have that proverbial tough to shop for person that leaves you stumped each year as you peruse catalogs, browse the internet and comb department stores. Maybe this person has just about everything, or has very specific tastes. Whatever the case may be, a customized order may be just the ticket to solving your holiday shopping woes. One of the benefits to shopping hand-made is that you can often request a custom order made just for that special person. Be sure to do so early though, because artisans like Layne can have a backlog for months leading up to the holidays.

One of the joys we frequently experience in our line of work is the getting to share in people’s stories through creating personalized pieces for loved ones. We take pride in working with our customers to learn about their special recipient, discuss design ideas, educate them about gems and metals, as well as allow them to preview available gemstones and jewelry. If we’ve done work for your friend or family member in the past, we also have previous orders on file, including sizing information. So if you don’t know it, don’t fret. We can help make sure your gift is a surprise by saving you from having to ask those potentially revealing questions.

Customized jewelry can be a great way to celebrate a milestone that has occurred over the calendar year such as a new addition to the family, graduation or promotion at work. Birthstone jewelry is often a popular choice as well. The beauty of a customized piece is that you’ll be sure you’re giving a unique gift that conveys special meaning to your loved one.

If you’re considering a custom piece, contact Layne Freedline,, soon to schedule a consultation. Customizations can take a few weeks to process, so be sure to allow sufficient time for us to create your newest treasure. Come preview some of our work at our holiday show on November 13th from 1-6pm at The Club at Shannondell to gather some ideas too! The Club is located at 2750 Egypt Road in Audubon, PA.

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