How To Design Your Perfect Jewellery in 7 Simple Steps
If you've ever thought 'I'm not very stylish' or 'I could never design my own jewellery', don't despair, this article is for you.
Here at iROCK Jewellery we want to empower you to express yourself by creating your own unique jewellery that reflects your personal style.
I'm going to show you how to design your own jewellery. You just need to follow these 7 simple steps.
Step 1. Establish Your Style
Whether buying for yourself or a gift, I always ask a customer what the wearer’s personal style is first. This will influence all other aspects of your design choices.
Almost everyone has a personal style, one that makes you think “that is so [insert name here]!” when you see them wearing it.
You may be able to describe yours with a few words - like minimal, classic, or feminine. Or you may be able to use a celebrity or acquaintance as a style icon - like Olivia Palermo or Audrey Hepburn.
You may have a preferred item, or category, like necklaces or rings. This can be a great place to start when choosing or designing your piece.
2. Decide The Occasion
Do you have an occasion or situation in mind? Whether it’s a general occasion like work or going out, or a specific occasion like a friend’s wedding (pun intended ;), you’ll probably have an idea of where you want to wear your piece.
3. What Will You Wear It With?
You may or may not have a specific outfit in mind. If you do, it can help to keep a picture or the actual outfit on hand while you’re trying on or designing your piece of jewellery if you can.
Tip: One thing to consider when coordinating jewellery and outfits is matching necklaces to your neckline.
4. Set The Scale & Choose Your Sillhouette
From fine, to seriously statement, and anything in between, scale is how big your piece is, but also how big it is in comparison to your outfit and style in general. When you’ve decided the scale of your piece, it should be easier to choose your base design.
As a general rule, smaller is usually seen as more appropriate for work, whereas bigger can be great for going out or special occasions. You may stick to a certain scale as part of your personal style. Feel free to mix it up and do what you like, I love chunky, stacked wristwear paired with a fine pendant necklace.
Statement bracelets: stacked bracelets from our sterling silver 925 collection - available here.
Fine pendant: fashion blogger Leigh Fidler wearing our skull charm necklace in silver - available here.
5. Choose Your Colours
Colour! I think this is the most exciting aspect of designing your own piece of jewellery. And our products, our base designs, and the stunning Swarovski crystals, really lend themselves to getting creative with colour.
There are a number of ways to use colour in your design. Using colour theory we’ll look at five basic colour schemes;
monochromatic colour schemes are made up of shades of just one base colour.
Pegasus Pendant in Golden Shadow - available here.
Complementary colours are colours that are directly across each other on the colour wheel. There are six complementary colours in the wheel. This dual scheme is very appealing to the eye but can be too bold for some. A good way to have a complementary colour combination without seeming too OTT is to use muted shades of the colours.
Shine Oval Earrings in Spring Green
Analogous colours are colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. Usually there is just one dominant colour while the others are used as accents. Analogous colour schemes are generally safe and give a sophisticated style.
A triadic colour scheme uses three colours that are evenly spaced around the colour wheel. Triadic colour schemes are usually very vibrant. Again, if this feels too bold or OTT for you, you can try muted shades of triadic colour schemes to make your piece more wearable.
Although not strictly a colour scheme, when talking about colour in the context of fashion we cannot forget neutrals. Neutrals often make up the bulk of our wardrobes. Common neutrals used in jewellery are black, white, clear, grey/silver and gold, which like neutral fashion can be paired with almost anything.
Semi Charmed Life Bangle in Wish - available here.
An easy way to introduce colour is to use a bright hue with neutrals. The neutral/s will temper the vividness of the bright hue, making it easier to pull off colours if you’re not used to them.
Other things you may want to consider when using colour;
The psychology of colour
Your personal colours
There are a number of ways to consider contrast - colour, scale, or style.
Consider breaking your personal style rules, using a contrasting colour scheme or scale to your outfit. For example, I love a statement necklace with jeans and a tee. Doing something unexpected can yield great results.
Perhaps better described as focal point, consider what do you want the focal point to be (whether on your outfit or on your piece specifically?
If you want your outfit to be be the focus, consider using complimentary colours in your piece of jewellery and making sure the scale doesn’t overshadow your outfit.
If you want your jewellery to be the focus, consider using contrasting colours, or going OTT on the scale. The 2 photos below are a similar size necklace but the first one blends in with the outfit while the second stands out more.
Also, consider your piece itself - is there a special shape or colour you’d like to feature?
Remember - designing is a creative process, there is no right or wrong. A well chosen accessory in any colour can give new life to your usual coordinates. So go on, have a go, and have fun! That’s what it’s all about after all.
Note: all pics sourced from Pinterest except where captioned.