While designing a piece of jewellery for an individual, so many things should be kept in mind. Firstly the person from whom you are designing, secondly shapes, styles, and colors for that particular type of design, including all requirements and limitations that are necessary to make the piece comfortable and functional. If these aspects are kept in mind, your client will have a piece of jewellery that will fit an individuals personality, way of life, and be most becoming to her his appearance. In this way client will accrue jewellery that can become an integral part of their wardrobe and remain cherished possession for many years and perhaps many generations. The first and foremost thing to be remembered is:
Preferences of design
First important point is that the person for whom we are designing is a male or female. Knowing this would make the work easier and a designer can design the piece accordingly. We must also concern on age factor i.e., kid, youth and aged while designing. Other then this we should focus on the variety of jewellery to be constructed i.e. ring, earring, pendant, brooch, necklace etc...? This is the most important point which needs to be remembered during designing any jewellery because lacking here might cause a complete mess in further designing.
If we have decided this then numerous variations are there to be taken care of, i.e. it should be a real or costume jewellery.
Theme & Occasion:
After deciding the type of jewellery a designer should identify costumer's interest in design. Some time costumer orders all designs on a particular theme for example love, music, ocean etc.
So we must design on those themes by keeping the latest trend in concern. Along with this the occasion on which costumer is going to wear it matters a lot, it may be Engagement, Wedding , Birthday, Anniversary, Valentines Day, Deepawali, Id, Christmas, official gathering etc
Size of Jewellery Piece:
Some jewellery pieces needed a certain size to wear i.e. Ring, Bangles, Bracelets, Necklaces, etc. Ring Size may be 5 us to 13 us (15.7 to 22.2 m.m). Use a ring that fits you to determine your ring size. Place your ring over the nearest size circle. The inner edge of the ring should align with the outer edge of the circle then if your ring appears to fit between two sizes, buy the larger size. Women's Standard Necklace Sizes can be 16" Choker length , 17-18" Will reach the collarbone and bead string- 30" Below the chest and for male's Standard Chain Sizes can be 18" Base of the neck -for smaller neck sizes, 20" to collarbone -The most common length for the average size man, 22"to 24" A few inches below the collarbone. Similar to ring and necklace bracelet must design according a particular size. The Standard Bracelet Sizes is 7" Average woman's wrist, 8" Average man's wrist or woman with larger wrist & 9" For man with larger wrist. So keep in mind size factor too. The design would very accordingly.
The author is Asst. Professor of Jewellery Design