I’m not sure how galleries work, but it sounds like the customer and
gallery owner conversation maybe went something like this:
Customer: I would like a necklace that looks something like this.
Maybe this color (or) made from such and such.
Gallery Owner: We can certainly do that for you.
Gallery Owner (to you): I need you to design a necklace with these
parameters (color, types of materials - essentially not too
You: Great. Will do.
My point is if there were no specifics on exactly what materials and
how much materials and no specific limit on cost, then I see no need
to spell out the separate costs; just a total cost to the gallery
owner (a wholesale or consignment cost) and the gallery owner then
marks it up. I have followed a formula of cost times 4 (one time for
cost, one time for duplication, one time for artist time, and one
time for profit) which has so far served me well for lower priced and
middle market items.
If there was a specific amount or material requested, spell those
items out on the invoice so it’s clear you followed instructions,
then the last figure should be for artist time and profit put
If anyone thinks I’m nuts, let me know. I won’t take offence. I’m
fairly new at the money part and, like I said I have no experience
I hope this is helpful.