by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
What visual message is your jewellery sending? The answer to this can be found in design theory, more specifically the principles of design as applied to jewellery creations. The design principles include balance, proportion, contrast, unity, harmony, movement and emphasis. These principles of design are used to arrange the elements (beads, components, etc.) in jewellery art, guiding the visual message of the piece.
Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's an illustrative exploration of seven different principles of jewellery design, including design ideas to help identify and/or integrate these principles into your own work.
7 Principles of Design for Jewellery-Making Inspiration:
1.Balance - A Balancing Act
2.Emphasis - Point of Emphasis
3.Movement - The Magic of Movement
4.Proportion - Power of Proportion
5.Contrast - Contrast Consideration
6.Unity - Understanding Unity
7.Harmony - Happiness of Harmony
Point of Emphasis
Emphasis refers to the focal point of the jewellery design that catches the viewer's attention and is also referred to as dominance. A jewellery artist can make one area stand out by contrasting it with other areas in size, shape, colour or texture. Designers can also isolate the focal element, as an object placed away from a group of other objects will draw the eye, or place it in the centre of the design to bring the most attention. This is good to keep in mind if there is an element or object in your piece that you would like to bring attention to, such as a handmade bead, focal piece or other special element. The jewellery piece will appear more harmonious if there is one clear point of emphasis. Here are some examples of defining a focal point and bringing emphasis to a particular part of a jewellery design.
This piece uses size and texture to define a sew-on Swarovski crystal component as the focal point of this design.
This piece uses contrasting colour to bring emphasis and draw the eye to the bottom, left side of this design.
This is the second part of a multi-part series on the principles of design for jewellery-making inspiration.
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Happy Beading from the NEED4BEAD Team..