Designing personal pieces of jewellery can be very rewarding. We have a few tips before you start. If you would like to learn more about how our functionality can improve your designs read more about our design platform here.
There is no right or wrong way to design your perfect piece of jewellery. We have associated Primary, Secondary, Accent and Spacer to describe each of our materials in order to help you build your jewellery.
A bead, stone, crystal or pearl that can be used as the main material for the whole necklace or bracelet.
Beads, stones, crystals or pearls that can be used to complement primary materials. Secondary materials can, in some instances be used as Primary materials. They can also be used a spacer beads with larger primary or feature beads. Use your keen eye to decide!
Beads, stones, crystals or pearls that have distinctive character or colour. They are often larger than other beads and become the ‘feature’ of the jewellery.
Beads, stones, crystals and pearls that add something special to the design. Some accent materials can also be used as feature beads.
Small beads, stones or crystals that add detail to the design. They are used to create repeating patterns in materials and break-up materials to reveal their shape. Small spacer beads can also be used as the primary material in longer necklaces and layered looks.
Important to remind you that there are no hard and fast rules.
Feature beads are essential in a statement necklace. Use one feature bead to give your piece a focal point or several for a little bolder statement.
Use accent beads to add rhythm and interest to your design. A clever idea is to choose six distinctive accent beads (as shown) in equal distances on a necklace. You can then pick almost any beads to fill the gaps relying on your accent beads to hold the design visually together.
Secondary beads are usually smaller than primary beads and perhaps individually less special. Use secondary beads between large primary or accent beads to give your piece a more detailed and crafted look. You can also use secondary beads to create thinner, longer necklaces or in a layered look.
Spacer beads are used between other stones and beads to give your piece a more detailed and crafted look. You can also use some spacer beads to imitate a chain or to build a very long, thin necklace.
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Choose beads, stones and crystals within a single colour using different shapes, sizes and textures to create a stylish piece. You can pick one colour as your theme colour and then complimentary colours from each side on the colour wheel. Or you can choose a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel to compliment your theme colour.