Jumping Horses and Jewelry Design. This Santa Barbara Jewelry designer loved riding and jumping horses as a teen. I galloped on the Santa Barbara beaches, jumped fallen trees and lived and breathed horses.
"Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow" this quote was from horseman, author and clergyman - Norman Vincent Peale.
He spoke of knowing what you want and confidently going for it. In order to give your horse the confidence to leap over an obstacle, you have to throw your heart over and he will follow. At any rate, it was great advice.
Throwing Your Heart Over
Not only does it work really well in jumping horses over high fences, it works in many other aspects of life, too—including…jewelry design!
Among the steps in designing your ring or other types of jewelry you've always wanted, is finally saying “Yes.” And embarking on your dream design.
The Sixteen Steps in Jewelry Design and Who Does What
1. Discuss what you like and don’t like with your jeweler. See my blog: How Lord Google can Help You Design Your Wedding Ring.) Also see: How to Use Pinterest to Design Your Engagement Ring, to pull your detailed likes into one place.
2. Sketch out a preliminary drawing of what is wanted. Your Jeweler should do this.
3. Refine and modify the drawing. Include exact measurements and finger size. Your Jeweler should do this.
4. Approve the drawing. You do this.
5. Bid the cost of the project including materials and labor. Your bid should include the drawing done at your previous meeting. The bid should be given to you. Your Jeweler’s job.
6. Say “Yes” to going ahead with the project! Your job.
7. Carve a wax model of the drawing. Check out the different types of waxes that you have to choose from in my blog: Wax Carving Explained in Jewelry Design-The Three Types of Wax Model Making for Jewelry - Your Jeweler’s job.
8. Refine and modify the wax model as needed. Jeweler's job.
9. Approve the wax model. Your job.
10. Procure and approve all gemstones that will be needed. Your Jeweler gets them and you approve them.
11. Cast it in the metal of your choice. You don’t have to do this!
12. Set all gemstones. Jeweler’s job.
13. Add textures, special features, and engraving to the piece. It’s getting close to done! Jeweler's job.
14. Do final polishing. Jeweler's job.
15. The Jeweler shows the piece to you and makes any adjustments that are necessary to make it just how you wanted it. This would include adjusting the size, altering the finish, rounding an edge or otherwise tweaking it to make it just right.
16. You receive your newly designed custom jewelry and put it on and smile happily.
These Steps Aren’t Carved in Stone
Sometimes steps get reversed. Occasionally, “sub-steps” must be added. But you get the idea. Right?
Have you always wanted a unique and special piece of jewelry for yourself? Good! Don’t be afraid to throw your heart over and make it so.
Your Personal Jeweler,