The other day there was a poster that was asking about how much to
charge for a rendering of a design. He then gave a link to some
seriously cool designs and some very pro renderings. Very, very
talented. Then another poster mentioned that the dude had just put
sixty or so designs on the net.
But I was not worried, because I know that beautiful as the
renderings are, if you give any one of those renderings to six
jewelers and tell them to make it, you will get six different pieces
And then I wondered.
Why does Orchid not hold an Orchid design fair?
I say fair, because ‘competition’ is a bit unfair. Like competing
means that those that did not come first ‘ain’t as good’. And that is
never true or honest.
There are jewelers and designers in this forum that are really,
really good. From all over the world. And there are young ones who
are really, really keen.
Imagine: An amount of metal was specified and an amount of gemstones
Once a fair parameter of materials has been set, a bottom line rule,
I imagine, would have to be met: namely, you can make anything with
the materials as you wish. But it has to be practical and wearable
My first thing I think of is a ‘mystery box.’ Something I have
written about before. But just to recap. — A mystery box is
something apprentice chefs are given. And with those ingredients
that they are given, they have to produce an edible dish.
So you can make anything with the materials as you wish. But it has
to be practical and wearable jewellery.
And whatever the ‘internet’ mystery box has in it, that is what you
will start off with.
You start equal, only with measurements or weights of material. The
material matters not. Copper, brass, titanium, silver, gold, PMC,
beads or whatever, that is your choice. And the rest is up to you.
Even though many Orchid members have other jobs, I imagine there has
to be a time limit and maybe one month might be ok? Not to short, not
And maybe the designs could be put up for sale and some of the
proceeds would go to Orchid? That would be cool.
Just a thought.
Cheers, Hans Meevis