I have just one simple question. "What would the really ultimate
fee for creating an ultra luxurious one of a kind jewellery item".
The item will be in either 18kt, or 22 karat gold.
in deciding the payment for a complicated/intricate design, consider
the fee schedule followed by a lot of the architects' i've
encountered: a percentage of the estimated cost of the project;
material cost, labor cost and riding herd on its completion.
factoring in material and labor costs (but not requiring you to get
on your horse) to arrive at a percentage establishes the importance
of the project and gives credibility to it and the designer - plus,
you won't be wasting your time with a client saying, "oh, well, that
looks like it would be really nice, but not right now...." - leaving
you with unpaid time and your 'client' with a free design (you did
give the client a copy of the design, didn't you?)
good luck -
get paid now and regret less later.