Jewelry collections are a great artistic expression. They’re a great way to explore your creativity. And they’re a fantastic way to test new techniques and play with new materials.
For me, I’ve enjoyed making a body of work that has a unified theme that I can play with. This year, I’ve had the honor of creating 10 collections in total. If you’re curious about how to create a handmade jewelry collection I hope my experience can teach you some important tips. Here are four considerations if you’re exploring the idea of creating your own handmade jewelry collection in the future.
Don’t over create
The most valuable thing I learned about creating a handmade jewelry collection is to be sure you’re giving yourself the time you need to tap into your creativity and truly explore a collection. This can include being inspired by the materials you have on hand, allowing yourself the time to research trends and techniques, and sketching different pieces. This year, there have been a few collections that I have felt I truly explored my creativity with, and a few that felt forced by time. For this reason, focus on quality over quantity. The added time is welcome and helps you adequately plan pieces and next steps.
Don’t rush a collection
This tip goes with my tip from above. Sometimes, it takes longer to finish pieces you want to include in your handmade jewelry collection. Remember that sometimes it’s ok to delay a collection so you can do the work you want to do. Rushing a slow process never has good results and delays are sometimes necessary to create quality. Don’t be afraid to give yourself extra time if the items require it.
Do your research
Some of the most well put together collections incorporate research behind each item. If you plan to do something and want to do it well, do the reading and research behind it to pull into your work. Knowing about the deep-rooted meaning is important to the story of a collection. These stories also help sell your items to those buyers who search for meaning behind the items.
Choose a theme with meaning
Similar to doing your research, I’ve found that some of my most successful collections hold deep-held meaning with me as the designer. This meaning also helps me connect with my buyers and tell the stories behind each item. As you consider your handmade jewelry collections, choose stories, specific memories, or meaningful themes to craft your collection around.
Handmade jewelry collection tips for success
Following these simple tips are great ways to ensure success with your jewelry collections. Who else has tips for successful collections? Share them below in the comments!