Daniel Spirer answered the question:
How does one get credentials of being a jewelry designer if
they've never done it?
By actually making some jewelry with a decent design.
This seems both sensible and true. There are no official credentials
in the US that prohibit those not having them to call themselves
jewelry designers. So, what *is* decent design (leaving aside who
creates the design or the object itself)?
Several people have mentioned that good jewelry design incorporates:
- Knowledge of the materials and their working properties
- Wearability of the finished piece
After that, things seem to be muddier. I personally disagree with the
idea that good design = what sells. Plenty of bad designs sell well
for other reasons than their design. But if a piece is 'great
design', does that mean it definitely will sell? (doubt it :-))
Do those of you with the benefit of an art/design school education
have any books about design (in general, and for jewelry
specifically) to recommend?
I have looked at the Americal Jewelry Design Council's gallery pages
(ajdc.org), and there are some very beautiful pieces there. A few
even made me say, "Wow". What is it that makes a 'wow', or makes
these designs great?
- Looking at the materials in a new way? For example, Alan Revere's
gold and pearl piece where the gold reflects the pearls and adds
depth to the look rather than just adding a beautiful surface and
- Variations on simple, classic designs such as traditional bridal
What else makes good design?
In hopes of more great conversations,
who started out with a Craft Center class in college, and has more ideas
in my head than time to realize them.