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June 24, 2015

Seven Basic Principles to Help You
Design Your Very Own Jewellery

Have you dreamt of designing your very own jewellery? Designing your own jewellery can be so much fun – arranging precious stones of various colours, shapes and sizes in your mind into a necklace (or bracelet, ring, earring etc) and picturing it around your neck, especially when it’s for that special moment in your life that you want to remember forever.

But, let’s face it, not all of us are cut out to be a jewellery designer. But we certainly can tell when a design works and when it’s just doesn’t. Though it ultimately boils down to individual tastes, there are seven basic principles of jewellery design that can guide us.

At Christophe Jewellery, we offer expert advice on creating your very own unique design, we take pride in offering you high service standard so that you enjoy every step in crafting of your dream jewellery. Knowing the seven principles here will help you understand why we offer certain advice so you can better make an informed decision.

1. Balance

Balance refers to the distribution of visual weights of materials, colours, texture and space in the jewellery. The distribution can be described as symmetrically (evenly balanced), asymmetrically (unevenly balanced) or radially balanced (arranged around a central point). Most jewellery are evenly balanced or radial balanced. Thus, due to their uncommon nature, asymmetrical jewellery effortlessly stand out, may have a more modern look and even suggest your inner defiance to go with ‘The Crowd’.

A gold ring with diamond and emerald details and an asymmetric design.

2. Emphasis

A good design would typically have a focal point, otherwise known as 'Emphasis' or 'Dominance'. This immediately forms an entry point for the viewer’s eyes and draws him/her into the design. A focal point may be set up deliberately by making one area of the jewellery look different from another, contrasting it with other areas, in terms of size, shape, colour or texture. The design below from our gallery shows a diamond focal piece surrounded by smaller diamonds.

A white gold ring with a large diamond centre stone and small diamond side stones.

3. Movement

Movement refers to the path our eyes trace through a piece of jewellery. This 'movement' is achieved by the use of repetition, rhythm and action through the design. It makes a jewellery looks interesting and also enhances its character. For example, there may be a graduation of sizes, a repetition of shapes and a regular variation of colours. Movement guides our eyes through the design and encourages us to look at the full design, beginning from the focal point.

A white gold bangle in Baroque design with black and white diamonds.

4. Unity

Unity refers to how the different elements work together in a design. Unity can be created by grouping different elements in a design and introducing the “movement” we mentioned earlier. When you see a jewellery design that gives you the feeling of harmony, chances are that the designer has achieved “unity” in his/her design.

5. Proportion

Proportion is related to the principle of “unity” that we introduced above. It is about how each part of the jewellery relates to each other. Proportion is usually difficult to see, until one part of the design goes out of proportion, and gives you that feeling of disharmony. Some tips for achieving good proportion may be to group elements with similar features together, or adjust the design until it gives a feeling of proportion.

An intricately designed pair of white gold earrings with yellow and white diamonds.

6. Contrast

Contrast is created by deliberately using elements that conflict with each other such as complementary colours (colours found opposite to each other on the colour wheel), using different directions (horizontal and vertical lines) and different colour values (light versus dark). Contrast makes a piece of jewellery more interesting to the viewer and immediately draws his/her attention.

A colour wheel showing the relationships between colours on the wheel.

7. Harmony

Harmony describes how the different elements in a piece of jewellery relate to and complement each other. It can be achieved by using similar elements in a design to achieve an effortless and unpretentious look.

Don’t you feel more confident about creating your own design after reading our article? If you need further assistance, feel free to contact us . What motivates us at Christophe Jewellery is helping you see your dream designs come true.

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