Below, Richard shares his process for dreaming up and building new jewelry designs.
To make a new jewelry design, I usually start designing it in the computer. If it’s a symmetrical design, I let the stones dictate the dimensions. If it has flowing curves, I usually draw them by hand or use other software like CorelDraw to make the shapes and import them into Matrix. I usually look at trends in the department stores and magazines to see what’s selling. For more inspiration, I look at design magazines of jewelry design competitions. I like taking a simple design idea and adding my touch to it.
For a new jewelry concept, I start with the stone sizes needed and design around that. I input the stone sizes into our software program and make everything in proportion. One interesting thing that I figured out is that it is possible to use other software programs to import files to create jewelry designs. This opens up the design capabilities for Matrix’ software, and brings a whole new element of graphic design into the jewelry making process.
– Richard C. Anjolee Designer