PART THREE: CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
It was the afternoon of July 3, and we were going out of town for the 4th; and with my work complete I could kick back for the rest of the afternoon. Since I had a few hours and I decided to work on a new design. I had been thinking about entering the Saul Bell Competition, this was a perfect time to work on that.
I opened up Rhino on my laptop, and looked at some shapes I had been playing with. There was one imparticular that caught my eye; push and pull it a little more. Turn it this way a little, stretch the a bit- it was starting to look interesting.
What would it look like if I made this shape into a link of a necklace? I kind of liked it.
A few days later when I looked at it again, it was obvious it needed a center piece, so I made it a bit larger in the middle, it needed something- try pearls. The piece jumped out at me for the first time, it was the addition of the pearls, and I could see it in my mind’s eye. It reminded me of the shell of the oyster and the pearl- that was it! The oyster offering, and then ultimately surrendering the pearl.
I wanted to get the size and scale of this necklace correct, so I turned to the masters. Got out my books of jewelry by Harry Winston, Van Cleef and Arpels, Cartier, and my collection of Sotheby’s catalogues, and poured over the necklaces. In looking for the similarities, the standards- so to speak.
I compared the length of the necklaces, the lay on the neck, the amount of graduation from front to back, and where the graduation starts, among other things. This was the foundation of my necklace
So with the concept and the size in place, I was ready to develop the design, and make all these parts work together. I decided to start with the development of the side links, and let them determine the center piece.