How many have wondered how jewelry designers manage to develop a product or, in our specific case, a jewel from the idea to complete creation?

This article will serve all readers, in the field of jewelery and non-jewelery design, to have four practical and structured steps to set the design of their jewel. First you need to find stimuli for the right inspiration, as the composition for the musician is an evolutionary process, even the drawing needs practice, rigor and perseverance.

This is supported in finding a suitable place to represent your ideas, rearrange the sketches and finally use the appropriate tools to render a professional creation. The graphic-pictorial part of a jewel represents a fundamental part of the final product because the whole design starts from the same design concept.If the designer has a creative thought in mind, but does not know how to draw it, it is very difficult to give technical advice later on how to make it at the level of gold production or pass it on to the customer in marketing and sales campaigns.

Here are some practical tips to better organize your creative production in the design of any jewel, from its style to which instrumentation to use to have the best possible result.

Step 1: Style

Understanding the style you want to have for the given jewel, can be decided by the designer himself, by a collaboration between designer and company or even between designer and client. Generally the cohesion of these figures leads to deciding the concept on which to inspire the whole jewel.

The concept of creativity, which can be seen as a very abstract inspiration, actually takes place also for structured processes that can be learned and replicated based on ad hoc situations.

A practice also found in the academic literature related to creative production in broad sense, lies in entering fully into the style concerned. To be specific, if you had a day in which to invest in finding a style, you will need to divide your time based on the following research needs:

– Reading of sources related to a particular topic.

– Subject research on the basis of images, audio sources, different cultures and history.

– Go deep into the research field by questioning the possible graphic impact of the idea. – Using your own critical sense, also evaluate the possible projection in the marketing and sales phase both in a corporate vision and for the end customer

Step 2: Mood Board

The Mood Board (MB) is a tool to help the creative process in which collecting images and gathering them in a visible and clear way, helps generate ideas and instantly convey a concept.

The Mood Board can be both physical and digital. The physical one can be structured in a blackboard where images, drawings, texts, predominantly 2D objects related to a specific topic of interest for your project are pasted. The digital Mood Board, on the other hand, can be created with software to create a page with an original layout playing with texts and images, helping the designer to find images and organize them.

To create the right Mood Board it is very important to research and go into depth on a specific topic and have all the contents on one page by selecting only the most appropriate images for the concept of interest.

Step 3: Sketching :

After having done the Mood Board, the time has come to make the first sketches. This consists in giving life to the inspiration drawn from the images collected. All it takes is a pencil and a notebook to start sketching the concepts we have in mind, in this case it is fundamental to make different sketches, the more they are made, the easier it will be to decide which design to choose for our jewel.

After collecting the sketches and all the ideas necessary for your project, you decide to make a drawing of the professional jewelery. We then select the sketches that interest us and we begin to design them so as to be able to present them to the customer, to the goldsmith and finally to the final customer.

Step 4: Find your place and your instruments :

The professional jewelery design requires an appropriate place and the right tools. The work table must not be low, but of standard height or higher. It may seem obvious, but having the right position is essential for drawing at its best. The back should be straight, shoulders relaxed and head slightly bent, always remaining in a comfortable situation. Another vital ingredient is the correct lighting that must be bright, but not blinding so as to allow a pleasant but more realistic visibility possible in terms of colors.

You need to use the right pencil, as you know, graphite exists in a variety of hardness, each appropriate for different purposes.

It is fundamental now to focus on the symmetry of the jewel we want to draw, on the perspective and on the technique of shading with the clever use of light, meaningful to give volume to a plan drawing, to then introduce colors such as colored pencils, and watercolors.

Through the implementation of these practical steps we will arrive, with daily commitment and practice, to obtain the best results in all creative rendering projects.

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