From the purist’s view of jewelry designing, it would be nice if we could let our imagination go in any direction we wished and create free-spirited themes as they come to mind.
In actuality, precious gems and metal require a bit more planning. When fine jewelry is designed, we must meet the desires of the individuals for whom it is intended. Consideration has to be placed on a wide variety of concerns, ranging from color and styling to the cost of materials. It is up to the designer to know the limitations in the jewelry making processes and the abilities of the craftsman who execute them.
Once a theme, value, and target user are established, the artist can work within reasonable boundaries and unleash the talents and passion they possess. With a given theme and reasonable parameters on materials, it is possible to confidently design jewelry and reflect the mood or emotion desired.
For some designers, this is done with a detailed color painting, while others create a simple, basic sketch to use as a guideline. Many of today’s artisans will create a comprehensive, computer rendering through CAD jewelry design, and some simply work with a visual image in their mind. Regardless of the methods, the original design will continue to evolve throughout the entire creation process. It seems that subtle tweaks are inevitable once the jewelry construction begins. It is almost impossible for artisans designing jewelry to anticipate all of the engineering issues encountered in jewelry fabrication and stone setting. Whether feasibility or esthetic, design alterations continue as the masterpiece evolves at the hand of the craftsman.Designing Gemstone Jewelry
When designing gemstone jewelry, the determining factor is the jewel. In most cases when the jewelry design revolves around the gemstone it is because it is exceptionally rare, unique in character, or a non-traditional shape or size.
In the case of rare gems, our jewelry designers will put the emphasis on the featured stone. The goal is usually simplicity, in order to draw attention to the primary gem. Elements of style and decisions about symmetry can be applied; however, the primary goal is to make the rare jewel the most important element of the piece.
When we are working with unusual stones or asymmetrical shapes, the design process becomes a little more open-ended. The free spirited form of a gemstone will often dictate the styling. Often, the shape or size of a stone determines whether it will be worn in a ring, on the neck, wrist, or as a brooch. Most designers find that free form stones dictate the shape of jewelry, and the artist determines the mood.