The first step in creating a beautiful custom jewel is creating an exciting design. Thomas Edison said that
invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.When it comes to custom-designed jewelry, the numbers are reversed –
designing a beautiful, personalized jewel is 99% creativity and fun and, maybe, 1% labor.
Most custom-designed jewels celebrate a special person or event: thus, the design of the jewel should carry a special meaning
for both the creator and the wearer. There are many ways to add “personal touches” to a custom jewel. Here are several ideas:
Brooches and pendants have long been showcases for miniature portraits of loved ones and special places. Sometimes the
portraits are prominently painted, enamelled or etched of the surface of the jewel; other times they are hidden in a secret
Or, in the last century a style known as “acrostic jewelry” was popular. In acrostic jewelry a phrase or name is “spelled out”
using the first letters of the names of gemstones. For example, a ring set with four stones – Jadeite, Uvarovite garnet, Diamond
and Iolite – would carry the secret message “Judi”.
Finally, a custom-designed jewel can be personalized by incorporating a special gemstone, color or motif which has special
meaning for the wearer.Often, the simplest design carries the deepest meaning.
When you are designing a custom jewel, there are three important guidelines you should follow:
1.Allow yourself and your jeweller enough time to create a jewel which will be truly special and of lasting beauty. A custom
jewel whose design is rushed or compromised will often look awkward and incomplete. (Ed. note – If you plan to create a
special jewel for the Christmas holiday season, you should begin the design process in early November.)
2.Cast a wide net when searching for design ideas. Possible sources of inspiration include antique and ancient jewels, jewels
from other cultures and contemporary jewelry designs.Clip magazine ads and catalog listings of design ideas you may want to
incorporate in your jewel.
3. Work with a designer who will help you enhance and interpret your ideas. The design should be a statement of your personal
tastes and life style.Be wary of a “designer” who “knows exactly what you need” or works from a catalog of hackneyed
At Bijoux Extraordinaire, our designers and gemologists are available to help you design a jewel of lasting beauty and value.
We will work with you to translate your ideas and sentiments into a truly unique jewel inspired with personal meanings.
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