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IMPORTANT NOTE:

While I enjoy the part-time business of making coronets, demand is exceeding the time which I am able to dedicate to the work (I do have full time employment).   Depending on my schedule, I may not be able to accept your commission.

Also, due to rising materials costs I have been forced to raise my prices to reflect current costs for materials and labor.


Pricing examples can be found at the bottom of this page.


In order to give you a quote for your coronet, there are a number of pieces of information I will need:
1. Base material
2. Shape & Style
3. Decorative elements
4. Desired size
5. Desired delivery date


Base Material
Typically, the material used for the coronet determines the overall color of the coronet. It can also be one of the major factors affecting the cost, depending on the material chosen.

Gold Colored Coronets
For gold colored coronets, there is really only one option:  One of the brass/bronze alloys.  I typically use yellow brass because it is more easily available.  I may also use red brass in certain circumstances.  The colors are slightly different. These alloys are relatively easy to work, and allow for a wide range of decorative options.

Silver Colored Coronets
For silver colored coronets, there are a number of options:
  1. Stainless Steel - stainless steel is my preferred material for silver colored coronets.  It is extremely strong, and I can weld any seams, making for an exceptionally strong coronet.  It can also be polished to a high shine, and doesn't normally tarnish.  It is a somewhat more difficult material to work with compared to nickel or sterling silver.  Also, some decorative options may not be available when choosing this material. In particular, anything requiring large amounts of soldering(soldering on a decorative edge for example) is very difficult or impossible on stainless steel.  It is also the cheapest material.
  2. Nickel Silver(also known as German Silver) – this copper/zinc/nickel alloy used to be the most popular base material for coronets.  Over the last several years, the price has over tripled due increases in copper and nickel prices so I use it far less than I used to.  It is the only realistic option available for some decorative options(like soldered on edges).  It polishes to a very high shine, but it does tarnish readily.  If you are allergic to nickel, I do not recommend this material. 
  3. Sterling Silver- Sterling silver is MUCH more expensive than the previous options.  I don't normally offer this as an option anymore due to the high cost.  

Shape & Style

Once the base material is selected, the next thing you will need to decide on is the basic shape and style of the coronet.  Below you will find images of some of the most common designs I have made over the years.  Other shapes and styles are available on request.  More examples are available here.  For those coronets with multiple points(such as the Equal Height Points image below)  I will need to know if you want a point in the center front or the low area in the center front.  This will help me bend the coronet into the appropriate shape so you don't have to.

Plain Band Embattled
Equal Height Points Points with Different Heights
Diadem(Open back pictured) Hinged

Edge Decoration

            One of the most common ways of adding visual interest to a coronet is to add some sort of decoration at the bottom and/or top edge.  As you can see from the images, there are a wide variety of options available.  The images below are a sample of the most common requests.  Please ask if there is something else you would like.  For all of the wire edge types, it is possible to either use a constrasting color or the same color as the background material.

Some options may not be available on the top edge for some styles of coronet: 

Rolled Bottom Edge Twisted Wire Double Twisted Wire(extra cost) Flattened Twisted Wire

Half Round Wire(extra cost) Double Half Round Wire(extra cost) Applied Strip Decorative Rivets

Embossed (top edge only) Roped

 

Pearls

            If you chose to have “pearls”  that stand above the top edge of the coronet, there are a variety of options available.  The standard size is approximately 1/2"(12 mm) in diameter.   The options I typically have on hand are:

    There are many other options available, including a variety of colors in glass(marbles) as well as a wide selection of gemstones.  The in-stock options above are included with the base price of a coronet.  Other options(such as gemstones) may increase the price of the coronet.  If you have something specific in mind, please let me know(either by color or by specific type) and I'll look into what is available and get back to you.

There are several ways to attach the pearls.  Below are the most common options:

Cup Holder - This design is the most popular.  It provides good suport for the pearls which are glued into place.  This design only works for pearls that are approximately 1/2" in diamater. Snap-In - This design allows you to rapidly change out your pearls.  They simply pop out and new ones can be snapped into place.  This allows you to change to a different color to match the rest of your outfit. Post - This method is typically used for larger pearls or for hinged coronets.

 

Cabochon on Point - You can mount a cabochon directly on the point so it sticks above the body of the coronet. Peak Inset - If you would like the pearls at the peak but not sticking above, this is another option.

Other Decorations

There are many ways to dress up your coronet such as stones, etchings, castings, enamels, etc.  I’ll explain a little bit about each option below with providing some examples.  This is a list of the most common elements that I have used in the past and other options are available. Please enquire if you have something specific in mind.  My basic coronets have an allowance for decorations based on both the cost of materials and the time involved to make and/or attach them to the coronet.  

Stones – There are a wide variety of different types of stones available, everything from glass to diamonds.  The only real limit is how much money you want to spend.  Because of the huge variety available, I do not keep a significant stock of gemstones on hand.  The table below gives you a general idea of  the types of stones that are avilable for the most common colors.  It is by no means complete and other types are available.  Please note that because most gemstones are a natural product, there can be significant variation in the color and patterns of the stones.  If you have any specific questions, please ask. I am not able to post a price list due to the changes in market price for many types of stones.  

Throughout history many cultures have developed beliefs about the powers of certain types of gemestones. If you are interested in birthstones or zodiac stones, JewleryCentral.com has a good summary.   GemstoneMeanings.com is a good reference and has images of many of the stones listed below.

Red/Pink/Orange Green Blue/Purple Gold/Yellow Black White/Silver Other
Red Lace Agate
Ruby
Carnelian
Coral
Garnet
Red Jasper
Rose Quartz
Glass
Citrine
Dyed Paua Shell
Green Agate
Emerald
Jade
Green Adventurine
Malachite
Apple Green Chrysoprase
Peridot
Glass
Dyed Paua Shell
Blue Lace Agate
Blue Agate
Lapis Lazuli
Denim Lapis
Turquoise
Blue Chalcedony
Sodalite
Dyed Howlite(Turquoise)
Dyed Howlite(Lapis)
Sapphire
Glass
Moonstone
Topaz
Iolite
Dyed Paua Shell(blue)
Dyed Paua Shell(purple)
Amethyst
Lavendar Amethyst
Amber
Glass
Dyed Paua Shell
Black Lace Agate
Pyrite
Black Onyx
Snowflake Obsidian
Hematite
Mahogany Obsidian
Glass
Opal
Mother of Pearl
Glass
Moonstone
Howlite
Agate
Dalmatian Jasper
Moonstone
Tigereye
Glass

Stone Mountings – There are a number of options for mounting stones.  My standard method is to use plain cabochon bezels.  There are also serrated and scalloped bezels available for some sized stones.  Finally, pronged bezels, bezels on mounting plates and other custom mounts may also be an option.  Mounting plates are available in nearly any shape you want and are an easy way to add visual interest to your coronet.   Here are pictures of some of the options:

Plain Bezel Serrated Bezel Bezel With Mounting Plate

Castings/Stampings– It is possible to use a variety of castings and stampings to decorate your coronet.  I typically use commerically available castings and stampings so there is a large variety avaialable. Prices vary widely, depending on material and availability.

Fluer de lys Compass Rose Strawberry Leaves Decorative Setting

 

           Etchings & other applied work – Etchings are a very popular option for coronets.  I can create a custom etching or etchings that can be attached to the main part of the coronet. For brass or nickel silver coronets, it is also possible to etch directly onto the body of the coronet.  As you can see from some of the images, etchings can be very detailed.  If you have something in particular you would like me to etch, I'll need an image to make sure it is feasible.  Other options such as laurel wreath cutouts or lettering are also available.  

Panther Pelican Griffin Maple Leaf Tudor Rose

     

       Pierce-work – One option is to remove areas of the body of the coronet, allowing light through.  It is also possible to back pierce-work with a contrasting color, often used for heraldic charges. 

 

Desired size

            There are two ways to specify how large around you want the coronet to be:

  1. Specify the inside measurement of the coronet.  This option is typically used by people who already have a coronet and want a new one the same size.  If you do not already have a coronet, an easy way to get this measurement is to find some cardboard or thick paper and cut out a long strip.  Wrap the strip around your head and adjust it so it is large enough to go over any padding you wish to use.  Take it off your head and measure it.
  2. Measure your head using a flexible tape.  Add enough length to account for any padding you wish to use(I typically add between 5/8" and 7/8").  
                When providing your measurement, please let me know which method you are using.  Your final coronet size will be within 1/8" of your requested size.

In addition to the circumference, I’ll also need to know the height.  There may be certain limitations based on the design elements you have chosen.  Many of my customers leave the height up to me(sometimes specifying a maximum height).  In this case I will pick a height that looks appropriate given the types of decoration and shape of the coronet.  One warning, if you are planning on using the coronet in a living history or other group, please let me know if there are any rules regarding height or other decorative elements that I may not be aware of.  

Padding 

I would be happy to provide padding with your coronet if you would like.  My standard method is to apply self-adhesive Velcro to the inside of the coronet and to use polar fleece for the padding.  This provides a comfortable, removable padding that can be easily replaced.    The additional cost for padding is $15 per coronet.

Delivery Date

While it depends on my workload (and material availablity in certain cases), I typically finish most coronets within 60 days of receiving the initial deposit.  In most cases, the expected delivery date will be set before I accept the work.  If you need a coronet faster than this, additional charges will apply.  For rush orders, payment in full up may be required in order to meet the desired delivery date.  Depending on my workload and schedule, I may or may not be able to accept a rush order.


Cost

Cost varies depending on the materials selected as well as the amount of time it will take to make the coronet. Once I have all the information for your commision, I will quote a price and expected delivery date.  The images below should help give you an idea of what price range your desired coronet may fall into, assuming stainless steel as a base material..

Prices do not include shipping.  I typically ship via UPS ground, insured.  Shipping is typically around $18 for one coronet and $24 for two if shipped at the same time(Continental United States).  Requiring a signature is an extra $5.  For shipments outside of the United States, I usually ship Prioirty Mail International.  I am willing to make other arrangements on a case-by-case basis.


Basic Coronets - Starting at $320


Basic Hinged Coronets - Starting at $420

Highly Customized Coronets - $475+


Payment

My standard terms are a deposit of 50% up front, with the remainder prior to delivery.  Deposits are non-refundable once materials have been ordered and/or work has started.  Some orders may require a larger deposit if material costs are very high. When I notify you that the coronet is complete and the final payment is due, I will e-mail photographs.  Once you have been notified that the coronets are complete, final payment is due within 30 days unless otherwise agreed upon.  

In order to ensure that there are no delays, rush orders must be paid for in full up front.

I accept Paypal, and it is probably the easiest method of payment.  If you chose this method of payment, I will send you one invoice for the deposit, and a second for the balance once the coronet is complete.  I also accept checks and money orders.  If mailing payment I HIGHLY recomend sending payment using some sort of tracking or delivery confirmation.  While I have never had a payment lost, they have been delayed. Please do not send payment until I have accepted your commission.


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