Pieces of jewellery pay respect to the incorrigible craftsmanship of nature. So it’s not surprising that they also have intrinsic, emotional value. It is not just the act of buying, giving away or wearing that gives them meaning. It is also the experiences and values of their designers.
Jewellery combines personal stories with luxury and traditional craftsmanship. So young designers must bring a wide range of artistic, technical, and commercial skills to be successful.
What does a butterfly ring designer do?
The work of a jewellery or Butterfly Ring designer depends on whether he works in-house for a company or independently. Regardless of how, in both cases, the aim is to implement a meaningful, artistic vision.
More generally, the design process also includes a technical sketch, 2-D modelling with so-called CAD software and the selection of the stones. The final production always begins with a 3-D printed prototype and ends with the work of the goldsmith. This includes metal casting and stone setting as well as less common techniques such as engraving and enamelling.
In most cases, the designers are not physically involved in this part of the process. Yet, they too need to understand the jewellery making process in order to create wearable designs.
Butterfly Ring designer: Learn to communicate
Designers compete with one another to have their sketches selected from dozens of designs. Therefore, it is important to learn to “sell” your design in-house. Good communication skills are ultimately also of great importance for the relationship between designers and craftsmen.
They are the final authority in the design process – the ones who implement a design in the end. A good relationship with the craftsmen is essential for every designer. This is of course easier in smaller houses. Bigger houses have a harder time. Designers and craftsmen work under one roof to ensure smooth communication.
Butterfly Ring designer: Practice creates masters
Anyone who has landed a job with a major brand should use the first two years of their career to take as much with them and learn as possible. School is good, but the practice is more important.
Jewellery making techniques is not something you can learn in a day or two. It takes a lot of experience.