These include a beading pattern, the size, shape and colour of the beads.
A necklace is a focal piece of jewellery and it is usually the first place we start when making jewellery. When creating a necklace you need to be aware that it can be made up of one or more materials such as the classic combination of crystals and pearls or semi precious gemstones and precious metal, including gold, silver or copper. You will also need to incorporate a beading pattern and consider the colour of the beads you are to use.
There are four traditional beading patterns:- asymmetrical, random, repeating and symmetrical.
The random beading pattern will allow you as the designer to experiment with different sizes and shapes of beads as well as colours and textures. It is very important to develop a theme or colour scheme such as 'Spring Flowers' for example, the beads will be pastel greens and pinks, to ensure the necklace looks well thought out.
Symmetrical necklace designs begin at the centre front or focal bead and the pattern continues equally up both sides of the focal bead. Even though the design is symmetrical in placement on the stringing material it does not mean that you can not use different sized or colour beads for interest.
Asymmetrical designs generally need to balance a one off large focal bead, or an ornate fastener placed to the front, with smaller beads. Quite often the focal bead would be placed around the collarbone area in vintage necklaces.
To create a repeating pattern design, a fixed number of beads, possibly of differing sizes or colours, is repeated throughout the length of the necklace. In order to achieve a balanced design the first 'repeat' should be placed at the centre front of the necklace and repeated up either side.
The materials from which beads are made are numerous and include semi precious gemstones, metals such as Sterling Silver, Copper or Gold filled, fresh water pearls, wood and bone as well as manmade including crystal and acrylics.
The effect of colour on the design is considerable. Necklaces can be one block of colour or made up of contrasting or complimentary colours.
A beadboard is a very useful tool that will allow your work to be laid out first and the resulting necklace to be considered before the stringing is done and the fasteners attached.
Once stringing is completed great care should be taken to ensure the necklace is finished off properly and it is wearable and durable.
Women love personalized necklaces. Handcrafted by a loving artisan's hands speaks to her of the unique, the individual, the singleness of a focus. Women's hearts are open and strong, all encompassing, and they know that what they wear close to their hearts is fed by their nurturing spirit. The name of a sister, the message of peace, an inspiring word, or perhaps the name of a loved one on engraved jewelry always finds solace in the warmth of woman's heart.
To name an object is to empower it and women all over the world empower each others spirits and their causes with personalized necklaces. The most popular engraved jewelry comes in silver and gold; silver for purity of spirit and gold for the passionate depths of the heart.
Silver Jewelry Designs
Women choose silver for a clarity of purpose and an expression of strength. The traditional silver locket engraved with a message of love on the face and perhaps a special date on the reverse holds within it the secret of a childhood sweetheart or the memory of a close friend. Simple, but charming, the heart locket has held the secrets of thousands of women over hundreds of years.