I have made up the example below.

(1a) My grandmother will be celebrating her eight-fifth birthday in one month. I want to order a custom-made jewelry item for her birthday gift.

My non-native English speaking friends revised the phrase in bold, as shown below.

(1b) ... I want to order a custom-made jewelry for her birthday gift.

I don't see anything wrong with my original phrase. Who is correct? Please help me. Thank you very much for your time and help.

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Ansonman,

I do not like (1b) at all.

I might say "piece" instead of "item", but I don't really know what it is that you are buying.  Stay with (1a), with one minor change:

(1a') My grandmother will be celebrating her eighty-fifth birthday in one month. I want to order a custom-made jewelry item for her birthday gift.

I hope this helps.

DocV

Doc V posted:

I do not like (1b) at all.

Hi, Ansonman,

I join DocV in disliking (1b) intensely.

The reason (1b) is incorrect is that jewelry is a noncount noun.

You can speak of a jewelry item, a jewelry store, or a jewelry piece.

However, you cannot speak of a jewelry, and adding adjectives won't help.

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