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What Exactly Makes One A Jewelry Designer?

Posted by Ivonnardona on 03/26/2009

coroele_small1What exactly makes one a Jewelry Designer? For definition sake; a Jewelry Designer is any person who produces a unique and one-of-a-kind (OOAK) piece that can be many different styles and techniques. History of Jewelry Designers goes all the way back to ancient Greek and Roman cultures. These jewelry designers started off as Etruscan Civilization goldsmiths in the cultural expression, which became more prevalent through these ancient cultures. Jewelry designers today are time and again professionals with varying knowledge of Gemology, Metal Smithing and Rendering. These jewelry designers cater to a sizeable number of clientele as well as private customers. There are various trademarks and brands that become the property of their respective owners.

Jewelry designers can be anyone from gemologists, craftsmen and jewelry historians who definitely share a passion for fine jewelry and gemstones. Goldsmiths brought their very own style and jewelry skills, from traditional to artistic, from antique to contemporary. Reflecting the societies and eras in which jewelry was worn; fashion jewelry often illustrated particular events that were out of the ordinary during that time. Jewelry designers today have rich traditions in design and style to draw from in order to design and create their own style of jewelry.

Jewelry designers have created more and more styles that are specifically geared toward what a specific client is looking for. Jewelry will be a leading fashion trend for possibly the next one thousand years. There is an extensive assortment of materials, prices, and styles that jewelry designers offer that will satisfy just about anyone. There are a number of extremely creative jewelry designers that have been recognized for their original styles as well as their investigation into themselves for new and unique designs. Jewelry that is highly sought after in today’s market ranges from costume to vintage jewelry designed by a number of famous jewelry designers.

Designers of all genres are continuously coming up with new and one-of-a-kind styles whose magnificence and reputation have become unmatched. Defining style for these designers is about understanding the significance in combining shapes in order to create new styles of jewelry. Most designers have a great amount of pride when it comes to their designs, while at the same time trying to keep up with the ever changing fashion trends.

Items used to create jewelry come in a number of shapes, sizes, colors and styles. Native Americans are known for using seed beads in their loom work to create colorful and detailed jewelry and adornments for their tribal wear. Gemstones are widely used and a favorite for making all styles of jewelry. There are metal, glass, crystal, fabric, acrylic, and other types of beads used as well. Mediums that can be used for creating jewelry ranges from sterling silver to copper to soda cans. There is also jewelry that is made out of nearly every well-known material and can be finished to embellish almost every part of the body, from earrings, hairpins, bracelets, and necklaces to toe rings and many, many more types.

Vintage Jewelry seems to be very popular in the way of antique Jewelry. Vintage or antique jewelry can date back as far as hundreds of years and can be some of the most collectible jewelry out there. These pieces are rare, which can make them highly sought after by jewelry collectors everywhere. Costume jewelry is well thought of as the high point in jewelry design history.

As a jewelry designer there is increasingly a large amount of information via the World Wide Web that teaches all the aspects of fashion design, form, history and materials that can be used in creating jewelry as well as how to successfully market your jewelry. So study and practice, practice, and practice. Who knows maybe you’ll be the next jewelry designer to be referenced 100 years from now!

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Human Touch Designs

Posted by Ivonnardona on 04/09/2008

This interview is about a very talented jewelry maker, Human Touch Designs.  I love her work and I believe you will find her to be very interesting, as well as multi-talented.  Enjoy!

Garden of LoveTell me a little bit about yourself. 

My name is Lisa Human.  I’m a 29-year old wife and mom to a wonderful 9-year old son named Kaige.  While I’m a full-time Administrative Assistant by day, I find time for my true passion of jewelry making during the evenings and weekends.  I am the Owner and Designer for Human Touch Designs. 

Tell me a bit about your background and how long you have been an artist/crafter. 

I was born and raised in Michigan City, IN, the eldest of four children to a longshoreman and housewife.  I have been crafting since I was very small, and besides various elementary school art projects, I grew to love crafting in all of its shapes and form with the guidance of my grandmother.  Over the course of the past 15 years, I have worked in needlework, crochet, knitting and scrapbooking.

What is the first thing you can remember making by hand?

How and why did you make it?  With the assistance and guidance of my Grandmother, I created a small framed puppy dog needlework piece.  Together, we framed it and gave it to my father as a gift, and now the piece hangs proudly in my own living room.

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from? 

I find inspiration in many things – nature and my own color preferences are probably the strongeGreen Florast of these. 

What are your favorite materials? 

I really love the sparkle of fire polished Czech glass and use it quite often in my work.  Lately, I’ve been working with more natural stones and lampwork beads.

What is your favorite color? What colors are you drawn to? 

My favorite color is pink, and I tend to be drawn toward pastels.  For those days when I’m feeling spunky, I tend to be drawn to brighter, louder colors – cobalt blues and shades of fuschia.

If someone were looking to take up a craft, what advice would you give them?

Find something that you truly enjoy, something that can inspire you and others.  The most important thing would be to love what you do!

What is your area of interest in crafting? What do you specialize in? 

I specialize in jewelry making, with a very strong emphasis on custom bracelets.

What would be your top 5 tips for a beginner?  

Research, Network, Practice, Learn and Ask a lot of questions – there are so many wonderful resources at ouSpring Flingr fingertips with the internet these days.

What would be your top 5 items of essential equipment?

For jewelry making, my top five would be my notebook for sketching inspirations and ideas, my pliers (round-nose, chain-nose and crimping!), my beading board, my computer (for all of my research) and lots of beads!!!

Can you recommend a technique or ‘tips’ book ideal for a beginner?  

None specifically, but definitely look into all of the great messageboards and groups online – there are a ton of resources online.

Can you recommend any brands to look out for, when buying equipment or kit?   

Lindstrom pliers really are worth the extra money – they are comfortable and durable!

Do you sell your work, or is it purely for pleasure? 

I sell my work

What is your Etsy shop address and name? Where else can we find you? 

My etsy shop is located at http://www.humantouchdesigns.etsy.com – You can also find Human Touch Designs online at http://www.humantouchdesigns.com and http://www.humantouchdesigns.blogspot.com

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