I had a chance to see your gallery post of your first piece! Congratulations on completing it, and hitting all your design goals for it! And! for being brave and posting it for all the world to see!
I also had a chance to read all of the comments, and one thing I would say is that there while there are many lurkers on the forum, there are also a few brave, generous, knowledgeable people who offer their comments…and free of charge!
my takeaway was that they were offering comments as to construction and wearability, based on their years of experience as jewelers…as for design aesthetic, as you said, that truly is “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”
you are good at sketching your ideas out! perhaos add a side view and front view sketch to further challenge your design ideas…and hash stuff out…oh my…that is a whole nother segue!
and! so! let me throw my 2cents into the pot:rofl:
as you more forward, consider designing/ adding underbezel/ gallery structures to your base plates…it will add “volume” without adding metal weight and $$$…it will promote more adventurous soldering challenges!…it will add additional “make” to the piece…especially if you are currently partial to “tall” settings, it might add some “weight” to the bottom?…if you desire more…so! in addition to the “top view” sketching, consider adding a side view and front view…
I make and wear alot of my “first pieces” in a particular technique…to “test drive” them…
when i was doing engraved charms, I wore a triple set, on the standard chain offered, for one year! never took it off…wanted to see how the finish held up, if the chain was durable, if the engraving “caught” on fabric, etc… I even sent a package across the country and back, via USPS, to see how the shiny mirror finish held up in transit, in my packaging…!
my latest projects were huge fabricated rings…goal- to test purchase cabachon stones on instagram, and to fabricate rings with settings with ALOT of solder joins (for some would say, inappropriately huge cabochons!) …and french set halos, and different underbezel/ under gallery strategies…and lastly working on different shaping of prong tips and getting them pushed down tight on the stones…and making brass tools for that, of course!
(which segued into shopping for brass round rods, which segued into buying brass bar rods for paperclip chain link mandrels, which segued into buying fabric and sewing roll cases for said brass items:rofl:)
then, i have been wearing them to test them out…one ring, i had to pull the stone out, and fabricate an underbezel structure because it kept riding up over my knuckke and would go flying off across the room!…and another one, that has sharp claw prongs keeps snagging my clothes…
and…I always start my practice pieces using “not the best stone in the bunch”, because it is “just practice” after all…but the pieces usually come out good, and then i wish i used a “better” stone…also. i usually can point out things that i wish i did differently…which always leads to…the next piece!
my personal opinion is to keep your fabulous first piece!
wear it alot!
perfect strangers as well as friends will say “wow! I love your ring”…and you will glowingly reply…”thanks so much! I made it myself!” …and they will say “wow! you make jewelry?”…and then you show them your Etsy shop!