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Beginners Guide to Simple Jewellery Designs


If you are here reading this then this is a clear sign that you have at least come up with the idea of getting into jewelry design. There must have been a thousand reasons in your head as to why you should do this (or shouldn’t). It can be quite an exciting prospect, isn’t it? After all, who wouldn’t want to create their own jewels, their own designs, have them exposed in front of the public at a fashion conference and shake hands for the first time with that feeling of total happiness and discomfort at the same time? Maybe you tried talking yourself out of it as well. Why should I do it? “I won’t be famous. It’s not going to work out.”


Trust some expert advice: there is nothing wrong with wanting to do this. This is why we are making a simple jewellery designs guide in the first place. Think of it this way: if you want to get into jewelry design then you must have a reason. You might like fashion, design, you might just like creating things. There is absolutely nothing wrong with starting your journey into jewelry design. We are no longer in the era of creativity, but in the era of doing things. Everyone has internet, everyone can get inspired or have a genius idea or a design. If it cannot be implemented, it was all for nothing. This is why we are encouraging our readers in the first place: start, do things, try a new idea every day. There is always a chance that you will come up with an extraordinary idea that will catch everyone’s eyes and you could earn a few hundred new telephone numbers in your agenda. Now let’s get into the details.  



Basic Skills

A-bunch-of-necklacesFirst things first, if you want simple jewellery designs, you will need to have some minor drawing skills. If you are totally bad at drawing you need not worry, you can start with the super simple things like drawing chain knots or very simplistic diamond shapes. Keep in mind that some of the greatest designers started exactly from where you start now, or even worse. If they can do it, you can do it. The more you practice and the better you get at representing certain shapes on paper, with a little color here and there, you will develop your critical thinking. Critical thinking is a very important part of the process since you will mostly occupy three quarters of your time with it. If this is your passion you will always strive for something better, something catchier, and something that will finally push you up on the ladder and make you feel more comfortable with your designs. Do not go too hard on yourself, however. Constant practice and research will train your eye in terms of what kind of design works best for what kind of situation. It is important to be patient and have the willingness to learn. Good things come to those who work and wait for them. Once your drawing skills improve you can afford investing in better materials, but this is not a must. As long as you are focused and have imagination sketchbooks and pencils will be more than sufficient. Another way to come up with new designs is by playing with different shapes that you find at your disposal. For instance, some designers take a few leaf-shaped metals and try to put them in a different order so that they can see what kind of jewels they might fit on. You can try imagining that putting these leaf-shaped pieces of metal in a round shape might be a good idea for a brooch; putting them in a horizontal line would look as a bracelet and vertical lines could look like earrings. This is a simple technique that you could use in order to come up with ideas. For some it might be easier than actual drawing, but you need materials to work with and, perhaps most important of all, you need to keep your eyes open for shapes anywhere you go. Creativity can literally strike you anywhere, so be prepared for it.  



Color Designs and Tricks

Necklace with green and yellow Next in line is color design. This is yet another field that ca be tricky for those who are either obsessed with colors or afraid of them. The good news is that colors are relatively easy to play with if you know a basic trick or two. The only challenge that you will face in this jewelry design field is that some people are basically too embarrassed with the idea of using a manufactured piece of jewelry. Before you dive into this field tell your brain that this sort of embarrassment is sometimes normal. People aspire for perfection and high quality, don’t they? But if you are aware of the fact that a simple gemstone and the most valuable diamond can generate an infinite amount of beauty, you will make it far. Alright, color can be quite a tricky thing. What you should do, especially if you are a beginner, is to limit yourself to two, perhaps three colors at max. Working with many colors has two major risk factors: they are very hard to work with and you might not get things right in the beginning or they might tire the eye.


Keeping it simple is always a good way to go. Once you gain some design experiences you will have trained your eye long enough to see how to play with above three colors. There are 5 design elements and principles that you must be aware of when trying to craft simple jewelry. The elements are color, texture, form/shape, value and space. The principles are repetition, balance, contrast, unity and variety. Here’s a very fun exercise: if you want to test your creativity to the fullest every day, try combining an element with a principle. Color repetition means that you can use certain colors in a certain pattern. Form balance could be applied to a serpent-like jewel since you need to figure the exact length and why you want to balance it in a certain way. These are just baby steps. Casually taking them will ensure that you find your right path. If you are worried about complementary colors, it’s time to put all your fears to rest. Grab any color wheel and look at the color opposite of the one you want to use. Green works with red, aquamarine with purple, everything right there in front of you. If you do not have any experience with colors at all, here’s a pro tip: you can find all sorts of complementary colors in Adobe Illustrator. The program contains color guides based on a variety of criteria. If you should ever find yourself stuck and unable to match colors, you only need to Google color variations in Illustrator or watch a YouTube video about it. It is that simple.


Jewelry-box-with-pearl-necklaceIt is also great if you could train your eye with monochromatic colors. Monochromatics are basically the same color with, but in different values. These colors work in a fantastic way with round shapes: circles, curves, ellipses, if it has a round shape it works. These are little experiments that you can try on your road to glory. At worst, they will remain simple experiments. At best you will invent a very cool, new design that might get appreciated. And it is not too hard to achieve either. Lastly, we will take a look at vivid colors. Bright pinks, greens and yellows, these are the colors you are looking for. They are quite lively and give off a very cool and young vibe. Totally worth experimenting with. There are a few rules that you need to consider here so that you start by making awesome jewelry from the very beginning. First of all, the unifying agents should be white or black. It is advisable that you use a dominant color, but keep it vivid. As long as it discrete it will draw a lot of attention. Last, but not least, keep up to three colors into your jewels. There is a high risk that putting in above 3 colors into any design of this type will backfire in a really bad way.  




Jewelry-on-a-plate If you really want to get into jewelry designs, do it. Do not let anything stop you. As long as it is your decision and you feel like you might bring something beautiful to the design table you are a worthy candidate. It would be great if you acquired some drawing skills, but if you are not really comfortable with this practice there are always ways in which you can let your creativity flow. Do not try to work with too many colors in the beginning, As long as there are two to three colors in each jewel that you conceive everything is perfect. Research colors and see what colors fit best and try to work with as many designs as possible so you can acquire the experience you need. If you’ve tried all the advice in this simple jewellery designs guide and you still have the passion to go forward, then jewelry design might be a thing for you.