Things aren't always as they appear
Living in the beautiful Wye Valley is an inspiring location. I have drawn and sculpted for years but it wasnt until my children started growing up that I found myself able to turn back to art. I signed up for a one year Portfolio Course at Hereford College of Art and was hooked.
I became involved in metalwork during my time on the Portfolio Course at HCA where, for my final piece, I designed and made a secret wardrobe. This is a multi-faceted piece starting with encoded messages metal-etched into the double doors, a specially designed key to open the lock revealing family secrets inside. There is also a secret drawer at the back with hand-written messages in sealed envelopes from my family. The entire contents of the wardrobe relate to family members and reflect what is special about them. Everywhere you look there are more secrets. This is an individually designed piece which reflects hours and hours of work and, hopefully, draws the viewer in to investigate more of the depths of the piece.
Chris Lewis BA (Hons)
Chris Lewis Designer
I regularly work to commission, customising designs to create special one off pieces. Commissioning offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with my clients, so that they can have input into the final design. I will advise the clients as to whether or not their ideas can be made or come to an alternative. If you think you might be interested in commissioning a piece, please contact me by email or phone. If you are nearby, an appointment can be made to meet up to discuss your design, but it is also possible to commission a design via email or phone.
A note about commissions:
Please do not ask me to quote for copying another maker or designers jewellery or any other gift, as I will only undertake commissions that are based around my own designs, or commissions to design and make original jewellery or silverware which fit in with my overall style. Commissions start from £100. A deposit of £50 or 50% (whichever is the higher) of the final price is payable before any work takes place. This amount will be agreed at the time of commissioning. Once work has begun this deposit is non returnable. Commissions which are to be personalised
I do take on general jewellery repairs and the cost of these will be estimated before any work takes place but please note that a minimum charge of £25 is payable.
Private Client Information
I do not retain or keep any client information.
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The term “The Secret Wardrobe” or “us” or “we” refers to the owner of the website Mrs Christine Ruth Lewis - Chris Lewis. The term “you” refers to the user or viewer of our website.
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Representation and Specification of Goods
Some items may appear slightly larger or smaller than actual size due to screen defaults and photography techniques. Other items may be represented at a larger than actual size in order to clearly show details, or smaller than actual size in order to show the entire item. Due to the limitations of colour display your screen may not show exactly the correct colour of the product being viewed. Your attention is drawn to the item description where specific product details are given. This information is given in good faith but total accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
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Some of our items of jewellery take longer to send out than others, as some are made to order. Please refer to our delivery section which will give you an estimation of how long your order should take. If your order is urgent and required for a specific date, please contact us and we will do our best to meet your needs.
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Please check your goods on delivery. If items arrive damaged/faulty please let us know within 3 days and arrange to post them back to us. If you do not inform us within 3 days, then we will have no liability for items said to be damaged/faulty on delivery. Please send items back via a signed for postal service for your own proof of delivery. This postage cost will not be reimbursed unless item is damaged/faulty.
Please be advised that it is the customers responsibility, when ordering from our website or from our bespoke service, to provide Chris Lewis with the correct and complete delivery address. Failure to do so may result in your order being undelivered or delivered to the wrong address, of which we will not accept responsibility for. Please check that the correct delivery/shipping address and full name and postcode has been given after processing your order. If you have provided us with the wrong address, or incomplete address, please let us know in writing as quickly as possible after placing your order.
UK delivery costs for stock/made-to-order items are £7.00
Delivery costs for bespoke jewellery are dependent on the order value, and country of delivery. Please contact us for more information.
Postage and packaging to Europe is charged at a rate of £10.00
International postage and packaging to the rest of the world is charged at a rate of £15.00
If you have any questions about our delivery costs or delivery times to a specific country, or would like more information, contact Chris Lewis at email@example.com or use the contact form on our website.
Chris Lewis provides product insurance to items whilst in transit for delivery, and only up to the point of customer’s receipt of the order. It is the customer’s responsibility for appropriate insurance cover thereafter.
Ready to Wear
The term ‘ready to wear’ refers to a piece which is ‘ready-to-wear’, has already been made and requires no alteration to size, stone or metal. A refund, exchange, or credit note can be arranged on certain items. This will be made clear at the time of purchase.
Made to order pieces
The term ‘made to order’ refers to a piece which has not been made yet, or has not finished being made. No refunds or exchanges will be given on any made to order piece unless the item is damaged or faulty.
No refunds or exchanges will be given on any bespoke piece unless the item is damaged or faulty.
The Secret Wardrobe gift vouchers are available as either physical gift vouchers which are posted out, or as e-vouchers where a code is emailed to the customers inbox shortly after the purchase has been made.
If you would like to order a voucher code with a different sum than we currently offer, please get in touch and we will arrange a voucher code for you.
Our gift vouchers have a 12 month expiry date, from the date of purchase
Our gift vouchers can be used online, over the phone or in person
Our gift voucher codes can only be used once
Gift vouchers can be used on bespoke jewellery
Gift vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash, or used after their expiry date.
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Where we have replaced defective products or products failing to meet specification, or refunded to you the price of such products (or a proportionate part of the price), The Secret Wardrobe shall have no further liability to you.
All pieces sold by The Secret Wardrobe shall remain the property of Chris Lewis until payment of the total invoice amount.
You undertake that all details you provide us for the purpose of ordering or purchasing pieces (including any applicable specification) are correct, that the credit or debit card you are using for the purpose of ordering or purchasing is your own and that there are sufficient funds to cover the cost of the product or service being purchased.
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We offer a full 12-month warranty on workmanship, which commences from the date of receipt. This warranty is void if goods have been damaged through accident, third party repairs, misuse, careless handling, normal wear-and-tear, or during transit and delivery by the postal service or shipping company. We reserve the right to repair or replace faulty items. If it is determined that the item is not faulty, you will be charged for the return postage.
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Any infringement of design right or copyright (such as copying by other manufacturers or retailers) would entitle us to take civil action in court with a view to seeking damages.
Copying, republication or modification of this website in whole or part is strictly prohibited.
We will either take your ring size in person, or if this is not possible, we will send appropriate sizing information, and advise in collaboration with you to decide the correct size according to your comfort. If the piece is for a surprise, we will provide advice and assistance as necessary.
We will resize a bespoke ring if it is not right first time, please be aware we need to charge a fee for this which we will state in correspondence. As each piece is unique, we need to cost piece by piece depending on the complexity of the ring.
If you make a mistake when ordering please contact us as soon as possible. We are unable to accept cancellations on bespoke, customised or personalised orders already in production. Deposits paid for bespoke, customised or personalised items are non-refundable.
Social Media & Marketing
From time to time, Chris Lewis may post 'progress' and 'finished' photographs of bespoke jewellery on our social media feeds. If you place an order of a bespoke piece and would prefer us not to do this at the time of making, then please do let us know. If your order is a special gift and you would like us to hold off of posting images on social media until you have given the gift, please make us aware of this at the time of payment, so we can include this in your project details. Please also provide us with the date of when we are able to post photographs of the finished item(s).
All finished bespoke jewellery will be photographed and images will be posted on our social media pages and on www.the-secretwardrobe.com at the discretion of Chris Lewis unless expressed otherwise by the customer.
Consultations for bespoke pieces are free. During the consultation, drawing and notes of your requested design and specifications will be made. Once you are happy with your final drawing and design specifications for your project, have confirmed via email that all details are correct, and that you are ready to go ahead, we can proceed with your order. A deposit is required before commencement of all bespoke projects and will vary depending on the budget of the final piece(s). The deposit is a percentage of the approximate final costing and will be confirmed when ordering. The deposit is non-refundable. You can expect to pay 20% if less than £1000 and upwards of 25% -50% if over £1,000. Your deposit paid will be deducted from the final balance due. Please note any quotes received are valid for 14 days from date of issue due to the fluctuations in metal prices. We do reserve the right to change a quote within this time frame is there is a change in metal prices, but this is a rare occurrence.
Once a drawing has been agreed on, the client has to honour this agreement. Chris Lewis cannot be held accountable for any changes to personal views on reflection after work on the piece has commenced. Please note we will match the drawing as closely as possible when translated into your precious metal jewellery, but please bear in mind that any sketches are just an indication of how the finished jewellery will look- and because the jewellery is hand made and hand cut, some slight variations from the sketch and the final finished jewellery can occur.
Once an order for bespoke jewellery has been placed and deposit paid, we take this as acceptance of our terms and conditions on bespoke jewellery. No major changes can be made once you have confirmed the design and once you have paid, and your order cannot be cancelled or refunded. Any changes made to an order after acceptance of specifications and payment may incur a charge. No refunds will be given on any bespoke piece of jewellery at any time.
The final balance can be paid in full on completion of work, or split in two, the first being if any wax/master patterns have to be approved, the second (final) or remaining must be paid on completion of work. It is courteous to pay the final amount on completion of work, and any arrangement to pick up work must not interfere with the job being completed. This causes delay in cash flow and can be the detriment to a small business. A photo of completed work can be provided for approval, if there is a delay between completion and pick up.
Alterations may be made after a bespoke piece has been received will incur an additional charge. The Secret Wardrobe will be happy to help but this will not be included in your original price.
If you’d like to discuss the practicality and wearability of your bespoke jewellery idea before proceeding, we’re more than happy to help. Please note, jewellery will tarnish over time.
By agreeing to go ahead with any bespoke piece, you accept these terms and conditions
Amendments to terms
We may update our published terms and conditions from time to time. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy. If you have any further question about our terms and conditions, please contact us.
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