Handmade Jewellery Ideas
Jewellery can refer to a variety of different things to lots of people. The desire to wear jewelry is a tradition that dates back to the dawn of the human race. Modern jewellery is generally created and designed by the jewelry designer or the bench jeweller, usually without any connection to a specific significance. The design of today must be balanced and appealing to the eye, fashionable and, most importantly, unique. The most common starting points for designing a piece are the pearls or gems and the designer attempts to draw ideas from them, instead of thinking about what significance will the piece of jewelry have. However, this was not always the situation. Prior to the time when jewellery was used solely for ornamental purposes it was used for a variety of purposes. Some of these are still in use in the present.
  • A charm or amulet as an amulet
  • To identify a specific tribe and to distinguish the rank within the tribe
  • To fulfill religious requirements
In all the above the design is determined by the purpose for which it was designed. There was no space for a totally new concept because the established patterns couldn't be altered. As an amulet , or charm the amount of components on necklaces or the ornament that was used to protect against evil spirits needed to be precisely what the shaman decided. The patterns we call them designs, were passed over generations. Prior to the discovery of metals, these talismans were made of hair and bones, and the skin of specific animals, or other rare elements found in nature, such as shells, etc. To be recognized as belonging to an a specific tribe, the creators of these symbols could not be too far off from the norms established by the hierarchy of several generations. There was no room for independent thinkers to think up new concepts either. The religious symbols of the past have been the main contributors to the world of jewellery. Every religion has sacred symbols and the newest ideas have only been developed on the fringes of the most prominent symbols. Nearly all jewelry, beginning with prehistoric tribes, and continuing to those of the Assyrians, Egyptians, Greek and Romans were associated with a specific meaning and the style was a predetermined design. This article is not intended to be an essay on the history of jewellery but rather a brief overview of the idea behind hand-crafted jewellery concepts and how they've evolved. For more information please read this timeline on the history of jewellery: Jewellery Jobs The major shift within Western Society to move away from the sway of the church took place in the Renaissance (14th 16th century). Goldsmiths and artists like Benvenuto Cellini revolutionized the art of jewellery and a new style of sculptures and jewellery for the secular market was born. So Where do hand-made jewellery designs come from. Just to just to quote Isaac Newton or the French philosopher Bernard of Chartres: "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulder of giants!" Every person develops their ideas by observing what's been before us. There aren't many people who declare themselves to be the "giant" autodidact, a person who has created a brand new idea with no outside influences. The pioneers are few and copiers are abundant. This is why when you browse through the websites of the majority of commercial jewelers, it is difficult to find something you've never previously seen. Diamond rings, whether as solitaires, with halos, eternity bands and so on; they all appear similar, as it's the fashion and that's what makes them popular. Certain manufacturers copy other brands without regard to copyright, and this doesn't matter in the event that some minor specifics are altered. On the bright side, there are many Australian commercial jewellers, like Cerrone or Linneys among some, that are particularly proud of their range of hand-crafted individually designed jewelry of exceptional quality. Jewellery websites where products are identified with order numbers and are sold as handmade are typically not originals , and only have the purpose of selling and are artistically not worth the price. Innovative jewellery designs can be seen in jewellery art galleries. Australia is home to a vibrant scene of avant-garde jewellery makers who are at the forefront of innovative design concepts. These concepts are often used by mainstream jewelers with diluted designs to appeal to the wider market. A variety of art forms, from baroque to impressionism, cubism, and modern Bauhaus architecture all have had an influence on the hand-crafted jewelry design. It is difficult to determine the source of these ideas from however the fact is that market forces and the handful of fashion-setters within our own midst are the ones responsible for what we consider to be innovative ideas in hand-crafted jewelry. I am Christian Gortz and I have been a jewellery designer and manufacturing jeweller for many years. Through the years, I've seen the industry from many angles. I have worked in small workshops that made exclusively handmade jewellery, to larger factories, where I was the Chief Designer, and where jewellery was produced in mass quantities. I have also worked as a Sales Manager in the shop floor providing advice to clients as well as a the Production Manager of some Australia's top producers. Today, I run my own company and am enthralled by handmade jewellery, the high quality it produces and the creative soul that is infused into every piece. My website is [http://www.christiangortz.com] and I welcome you to inspect my designs.

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