Here’s my advice, for what it is worth:
My understanding is that “design concept” is simply a high-falutin’
term for the ability to create truly original new art from the right
side of the brain.
I am a beginning jeweler myself but I am approaching the field from
a much different point of view:
I am very aware of my own limitations, one of them being that I am
completely incapable of free-hand drawing. So for me design concept
is a complete non-starter.
However, I can still address the problem of making something look
pretty from drawing from the left side of the brain instead. I
consider myself at least middling decent at what in engineering is
known as aesthetics: which is the ability to make something
functional look pretty.
I also have some appreciation of the beauty of certain types of
mathematics, such as fractals, symmetry, randomness, and the golden
There’s also the realization that in practically every endeavor of
humanity one can think of, that Aristotle is right, there really is
nothing new under the sun. Existing concepts, tropes, and conceits
can always be recycled, refined, and recombined however in fairly
The first thing I would suggest is that whatever your first piece is
that you are think of making, you should keep it very simple.
Then, work backwards and think of what tools and techniques it would
take to create that very first piece.
Then, you should think about either buying or creating the tools,
and then either teaching yourself or finding instruction on the
necessary techniques using those tools.
Once you have everything in place… practice. Keep on attempting to
create that very first piece until it matches in reality what you
originally imagine it to be. But drawings also help.
Right now I am having to follow my own advice, since I am very much
isolated in terms of advice or instruction except from Ganoksin. I am
practice that there is one hell of a lot of infrastructure required
simply to make one simple earring out of silver.
Andrew Jonathan Fine