As a designer I know that design is much too important to be left in the hands of designers.

 

I have a confession. For exactly one year of my life I was an art director in a cheap jewelry company in Bangkok. It was almost as interesting as being a fry cook ,but the only bright spot in that dark year of imitation Chinese plastic and fake silver earrings was the fact I could do research on jewelry design, something I admit I overlooked in my official design studies.

 

 

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Jewelry Design – Portable art

Perhaps time's definition of coal is the diamond." 
- Kahlil Gibran
 

I have a confession. For exactly one year of my life I was an art director in a cheap jewelry company in Bangkok. It was almost as interesting as being a fry cook ,but the only bright spot in that dark year of imitation Chinese plastic and fake silver earrings was the fact I could do research on jewelry design, something I admit I overlooked in my official design studies.

It brought me a new respect for the field, especially when looking at the historical and cultural significance of jewelry throughout the progress of the human race.

   
Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles. "
- Sonja Henie
 
Unfortunately there is very little of this deep meaning in the jewelry design world these days, and when it does appear it is usually a marketing ploy to push some overstocked artificial Turquoise brought from the mainland.
I don’t believe in cheap jewelry. For me a necklace should cost like a nice weekend in a five star hotel. But if it costs the same as A five star hotel? The thing that would look best on your neck is a guillotine.
 
Will the people in the cheaper seats clap your hands? And the rest of you, if you'll just rattle your jewelry." -  John Lennon
 

Jewelry design is one of those over democratic things , which lets you show the world who you are, by placing objects that have a cultural significance on your neck, ears, arms and fingers. I jest when I say over-democratic as it is indeed a very valid form of personal expression, but I do believe people have to be more aware of the fact it does work as a visual enhancement of who you are or want to be.
The best example for this case would be a pearl necklace versus earings with a colorful feather hanging from them.

For the record, my wife has many feathers in her jewelry box, but she is a Thai born painter and ex-hippie with the most bizarre beautiful wardrobe , so it fits perfectly. If I were a politician or a banker (ahhhh…just had a cold shiver running up my spine) she would probably have had a nice perfect pearl necklace to go with a Chanel suit. These are of course extremities but it works throughout the whole spectrum of jewelry, and jewelry design for that matter.


Jewelry design at its best is miniature sculptures that you adorn, like carrying a mobile museum with you , not only to enhance your chosen persona but to share with the world, and as a designer I have often approached people and asked to take a better look at their jewelry, not only out of professional curiosity but as an art fan. To say the truth, I have often also found these creations incredibly charming and sometimes bordering on genial.

My only advice to anyone who wears jewelry, be it a big necklace or a small toering, is just to remember that whatever you use to decorate yourself with is also a statement, a small preview of who you are, just like your cloths, even your haircut. The nice thing about jewelry is that they can be changed easier than a haircut, and you can go as wild as you want without risking waking up the next day and facing a semi permanent disaster in the mirror.

Oh, and another small advice? Look for good jewelry. It is worth it. Sometimes you really find, excuse the pun, some gems. Something special. Something that will make you stand out and make people come and compliment you. And that's what it's all about in the end, isn’t it? A shinny thing to catch our attention. Of course it is. You know it as well as I do.
 
It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."  - Mahatma Gandhi