Custom Jewelry Design
Beautiful Gems & Metals
By Judith Anderson GG, CGA
[The following article is the third in a four-part series on custom-designed jewelry. The other articles are listed at the bottom of this page.]
At Bijoux Extraordinaire, we believe that every beautiful gemstone embraces the beginning of an extraordinary piece of jewelry. It is our goal to help you create that jewel.
Gemstones and metals are one of the three elements critical to the successful creation of custom-designed jewelry (the other two elements are imaginative design and quality craftsmanship). When selecting gemstones for custom- designed jewelry you should follow these guidelines:
Precious metals, like gemstones, offer the jewelry designer a wonderful selection of colors, tones and textures. You can look to the past for inspiration from early design techniques such as the ancient craft of granulation, mastered by Etruscan goldsmiths, or the colorful Japanese arts of Shakudo (gold and copper) and Shibuichi (silver and copper).
In these ancient Japanese mixed-metal techniques, two or more metals are combined and overlaid; the contrasting colors and textures of the various metals are used to create intricate figural and abstract designs. Or....consider a design with a more contemporary metal.....platinum - the king of metals. By combining platinum with high karat yellow and pink gold, in satin, bright or repousse finishes, you can create a beautiful design, whether it be bold and shiny....or soft and subtle. The many combinations and textures of the metals are only limited by the imagination of the creator!
One thing to remember: allow yourself plenty of time to find the best gems, select the appropriate metals and create a quality design. If you are considering a custom design jewel for Christmas, start your project in early November or sooner!
Bijoux Extraordinaire is a practice of independent gemologists working for the jewelry consumer. If you wish to create beautiful custom-designed jewelry, our gemologists and designers will help you create a jewel of lasting beauty and value. Among the other services we offer are appraisals, pre-purchase evaluations and gemstone brokering. Please call us for all of your jewelry needs.
If you would like to see some wonderful custom design jewels that we created for clients, please visit our Gallery of Custom Design Jewelry.
Or, if you would like to read more about creating custom design jewelry, check out the following articles:
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