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.