The New York Institute of Art and Design teaches a jewelry making class online, and we like to offer free tips for jewelry designers. Enjoy!
When it concerns jewelry, customers’ taste will undoubtedly vary. What one person considers a great piece is not always the same for another person. Some prefer a choker of multi strands with stones or chain. Others will favor a long stone necklace. And, as we have seen lately, more people are choosing the bib form necklace as a statement, which have become especially popular with red carpet starlets. But what does it take to manufacture one of these so-called "statement necklaces?"
To start, creating a great piece you have to learn to transcend different styles and tastes. A necklace should have a wide audience, with a tasteful design. A great necklace is well made and it appeals to more than one type of jewelry trend or style of buyer. Most importantly, it is pleasing to the eye and it carefully balances on the wearer. It is enhancing, not overbearing or distracting.
To be a statement piece, it has to really stand out in a positive way. What you can do as a designer is visualize someone wearing this necklace. What dress are they wearing? What color is the dress? What does the neckline on the dress look like? Is it even a dress? How well is it tying an outfit together? A lot of this kind of thinking will lead to creating a great piece every time.