If regular trips to the jewellers have made you curious about what it would be like to design your own jewellery, then why not give it a go? Everyone is entitled to take up a new hobby, and you may even find that designing jewellery is something you enjoy and are good at.
Before you start, however, take a moment to consider what’s involved in the process. Running through these following points could be the difference between a standout piece you wear with pride and one that you’d rather keep in your jewellery box.
The Costs Involved
Quality jewellery is worth every penny – as you will see when you visit different jewellers. However, there has to be a starting point, and it shouldn’t be at the top of the price scale. Factor in the cost of your time, the materials of any chains you use, and gems or stones that take centrestage in the piece too.
All those costs separately can be manageable, but together, they may be more than your particular piece of jewellery is worth. If you are modelling your new jewellery on another design, see what it is selling for and try to figure out from where those costs originate.
The Design’s Practicality
From a practicality view, is your new piece of jewellery going to be convenient for people to own? Does it have any nooks and crannies that will make cleaning a challenge? Does it have any sharp points that could catch on things? Is it easy to put on and take off? These are all points to consider if you want your jewellery to be something you – and others – enjoy wearing.
If jewellers inspired you to make jewellery, you need to think about the market to which you will be selling. If you’re only creating jewellery for yourself, then move onto the next point. Creating pieces for the masses is a challenge as it requires you to figure out what they like, dislike, and what to sell. Your best option is to visit local jewellers and find out what colors and metals are “in” this season.
Finally, consider the materials you will be using in the creation of your beautiful pieces. Gold is lovely, but it can also be expensive. Silver, on the other hand, is timeless and tends to be one of the more versatile metals on the market.
Alternatively, you can also make use of beads, plastic, resin, and other materials. You can even consider creating clay beads and other unique elements that will be on-trend but more affordable for a hobbyist.
There are several things to consider before you get your new jewellery hobby underway. However, once you factor in the costs, design, market, and materials, you can be on your way to creating some beautiful accessories you’ll love to wear.