As I twisted the gold strands of my necklace design over and through themselves into a flowing design, it became clear that the engineering of this piece was key, and it would be a challenge. I wanted to give the experience of pure pleasure for both the wearer and the beholder. I remembered a story I read about Harry Winston that helped me figure it out.
Harry told the story of arriving home one day at Christmas time and noticing the wreath on the door. He was struck by the way each individual holly leaf was attached independently to the framework below. He realized how a necklace constructed in this manner would allow the piece to be fluid in movement and lay comfortably on a woman’s neck. He wanted the piece to almost drape, like a fine piece of fabric, to lie on the neck and then be able to almost collapse into a pile or pool when not worn.
How could I achieve a similar fluid movement within this design?
I considered various solutions, with the vision in my mind of my necklace softly draping the neck. There are 60 individual links to consider, and its always the balance- does it lay right and feel great. And then there are the final design tweaks, does it “sing”? Methodically, I tested and adjusted.
Thank you, Harry, the vision of you and your wreath, and your classic necklace designs guided me though this.