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Jewellery Design. How to plan the essay. Paragraph 1 Introduction -using your own personal knowledge of jewellery and slides 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

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Jewellery Design

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How to plan the essay

  • Paragraph 1Introduction -using your own personal knowledge of jewellery and slides 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

  • Paragraph 2First piece of jewellery (contemporary = modern). Slides 13 – 17. Remember to introduce the piece of jewellery by writing who designed it. Describe the piece in detail. Analyse this using the Analysing Jewellery slides, numbers 10, 11, 12.

    • You can write notes on each area first and then write a paragraph on the piece. Glossary of jewellery terms is on slides 26, 27.

  • Paragraph 3Second piece of jewellery (historical). Slides 18 -21. Analyse this in exactly the same way as the first. Use slides 10, 11, 12. For this piece of jewellery you will need to mention if the designer worked in a particular style, for example Art Nouveau. The background information on Art Nouveau is found on slides 22, 23.

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    How to plan the essay

    • Paragraph 4Describe the similarities, if there are any, between the two pieces. Are they both bracelets, or pairs of earrings….? Are they both made from similar materials? If there are no similarities then you will need to write more for the next paragraph.

    • Paragraph 5Describe the differences between the two pieces.

    • Paragraph 6Which piece appeals to you most? Why? Give reasons.

      Short conclusion – any other comments about the two pieces that you have been looking at.

    • Your essay should be approximately 1000 words. Maximum length (i.e. do not write any more than this) is 1500 words.

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    Jewellery (for intro.)

    ‘All materials may be used to make jewels, provided they can be manipulated in one way or another.’

    Carlos Pastor, Spanish Jewellery Designer

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    History of Jewellery (for intro.)

    • Jewellery is one of the oldest decorative arts.

    • Jewellery is the term to describe objects which are used to decorate the human body.

    • Jewellery has been worn since ancient times – as ornaments, emblems of religious belief or even to protect a person against disease, misfortune or witchcraft.

    • There are many different functions of jewellery. Some are; rings, bracelets, necklaces, crowns, belts, earrings, brooches, cuff-links, clasps and jewellery for hair…..can you think of any more?

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    Jewellery Now (for intro.)

    • People still buy jewellery today. There are a lot of High Street shops which sell jewellery: Next, River Island, H&M, Top Shop, Top Man Debenhams….. (remember jewellery is not just for women)

    • Jewellery ranges in price and value – from £1 to £millions. This varies because of materials used and who has designed the piece of jewellery. Gold jewellery is more expensive than metal spray painted gold!

    • Fashion designers use jewellery on their catwalk shows to complete an outfit. These can be very expensive, large pieces of jewellery designed to grab attention.

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    Jewellery (for intro.)

    • Jewellery is meant for show; it is designed to attract attention and to impress the viewer.

    • From the beaded necklaces of ancient Egyptians to the flashy, large-scale “bling bling” worn by hip-hop stars, sports heroes, and their fans, jewellery has always offered complex social and cultural meanings.

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    Costume Jewellery

    • What do we mean by ‘costume’?

    • This is jewellery that is made from non-precious materials.

    • Its appeal is in the original design, skilful use of colour, high standards of craftsmanship and sometimes how exotic or extravagant it looks.

    • Work by Grainne Morton is costume jewellery.

    • It can still be expensive but it the price is usually hundreds at the most and not thousands of pounds.

    • Precious jewellery (Tiffany’s) is precious and therefore very expensive.

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    Constructed (made)

    Contemporary (modern)

    Contrasting (opposites)

    Curvaceous (curved)








    Neutral (plain colours, beiges etc)

    Opaque (doesn’t let light through)

    Opulent (rich)



    Robust (strong, not easily broken)










    Words that you may find helpful

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    Analysing Jewellery

    • Like any other area of design, Jewellery has been designed. A designer has worked through a similar design process that we work through at school. The pieces that you are looking at are their solutions.

    • When studying jewellery designs, consider the following:

    • FormWhat does the piece of jewellery look like? Describe it in detail. Imagine the person reading your essay has not seen the item of jewellery.

    • FunctionWhat is the function? Is it a necklace, bracelet…? Does it look as if it would be suitable to be this particular piece of jewellery. Give reasons for your answer.


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    Analysing Jewellery

    • Target marketWho would buy this? Is it for a man or woman? What age group of customer would buy this do you think?

    • Materials usedWhat materials have been used in this piece of jewellery? If you do not have this information, then make a sensible guess.

    • Has the design

      been successful?Do you think that the designer has succeeded in creating a good design? An important point to consider, would the target market buy it?


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    Analysing Jewellery

    • Your opinionThis is the most important part of your essay. You might really like or dislike the examples of jewellery that you have been looking at. You are not expected to like everything that you see. As long as you can justify your opinions about a design then your views will be valued. You have to give reasons; for example “I do not like this design as I do not think the colour of the stones works well with the colour of the leather chosen. I think that a darker colour would have provided more of a contrast.” Remember to give reasons.

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    Grainne is originally from Northern Ireland. She now has a workshop in Edinburgh where she creates contemporary (modern) jewellery. From fashioning jewellery from flowers to trawling antique fairs for one-off items to complete her compartmental jewellery, Grainne is happy making a living doing exactly what she wants.

    Grainne says: “I’ve always been quite creative. My parents always encouraged me to work with my hands taking up needlework and craft hobbies when I was younger. My aunt, Alison Kinnaird is a famous glass engraver, so I suppose I have been influenced by her too."

    When Grainne left school, Edinburgh College of Art beckoned and although she studied many subjects, jewellery appealed because she liked to work on a smaller scale.

    Jewellery Designers working nowGrainne Morton

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    Grainne makes jewellery made up of smaller parts pieced together. She uses bits and pieces including old buttons as well as materials like silver, gold and oxidised copper.

    A lot of her high fashion work - necklaces and bracelets - are made from laminated flowers. The artist has work in galleries abroad and has found favour in the States. She already supplies Barney’s in the US and Japan as well as taking orders from Liberty’s in the UK.

    Grainne says: "My work is appreciated by American buyers because I make bigger pieces. I make a lot of compartmental jewellery for which I use old materials - the Americans like that because they know about history. The old paraphernalia isn’t worth a lot of money but I piece it together into very attractive jewellery.“

    See some more examples of her work on the next slide

    Jewellery Designers working nowGrainne Morton

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    Jewellery Designers working now:Grainne Morton

    Charm necklace £240

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    Jewellery Designers working now:Grainne Morton

    Large sampler brooch


    Laminate petal flower necklace £270

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    Jewellery Designers working now:Grainne Morton

    Colour button necklace £230

    Charm bracelet £220

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    After his father's death (father was Charles Lewis Tiffany, co founder of Tiffany &Co.) in 1902, Tiffany became vice president and Design Director of Tiffany & Co..

    His familiarity with jewellery manufacturing at the firm, as well as the collaboration with his father on several pieces for the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900, undoubtedly inspired him to produce jewellery at his own workshops.

    He began experimenting, in much secrecy, with the design and fabrication of jewellery intending to introduce his work at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis.

    Tiffany & Co. is still a famous jewellers. There are stores worldwide. See how the company has evolved by looking at slides 24 and 25.

    Tiffany broke new ground with his work in jewellery. In the necklaces, brooches, and other forms he made, Tiffany, like his counterparts in Europe, transformed jewellery from mere jewelled ornament to art.

    He used semiprecious stones—opals, moonstones, garnets, amethysts, and coral—in contrast to the precious gems set in pieces by Tiffany and Company. The semiprecious stones embodied the properties that he valued in other media.

    The milky quality of moonstones, for example, resembled his creamy opalescent glass, and the fiery glow of opals, the glowing iridescent surfaces of his Favrile vases. Tiffany set the stones in novel and inventive ways, often in combination with colour, combining one or two hues with subtle variations.

    Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)

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    Beginning in 1907 jewellery designed by Tiffany and fabricated under his direction was made at the workshops of Tiffany and Company, where production was supervised by Julia Munson, who had transferred from the enamels department at Tiffany Furnaces.

    When Munson retired in 1914, her post was filled by Meta K. Overbeck. Tiffany, who valued the dexterity and skill that women demonstrated in delicate handwork, staffed the jewelelry department predominately with female designers and artisans.

    Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)

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    Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)

    This hair ornament is one of the most extraordinary pieces of Tiffany's jewellery to survive, incorporating a remarkably realistic rendering of two dragonflies resting on two dandelion puffs, or seed balls. Thematically characteristic of his work, it shows the plants not at the height of bloom, but in a natural fading state, just before the seed pods are blown away. Remarkably, one of the puffs is portrayed as already partially stripped of its pods. The dragonflies, a familiar Tiffany motif, feature shimmering black opals along the back and in an almost unbelievable creation in metal filigree, gossamer like wings. The hair ornament was originally owned by one of Tiffany's most ardent patrons, Louisine W. Havemeyer.

    Hair ornament , ca. 1904Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933)AmericanPlatinum, enamel, black and pink opals, garnets, H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkGift of Linden Havemeyer Wise, in memory of Louisine W. Havemeyer, 2002 (2002.620)

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    Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)

    This necklace composed of grape clusters and leaves is one of the rare examples of Tiffany's earliest jewellery. Tiny circular black opals represent the fruit, and enamelling in shades of green on gold forms the delicate shimmering leaves. It was among the twenty-seven pieces that Tiffany made for exhibition at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis in 1904. The necklace was a gift to the Museum from Sarah E. Hanley, Tiffany's nurse and later companion, to whom he must have presented it.

    Necklace, ca. 1904 Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933)AmericanOpals, gold, and enamel, L. 18 in. (45.7 cm)The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New YorkGift of Sarah E. Hanley, 1946 (46.168.1)

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    Art Nouveau was a late 19th Century international design movement (trend). The timeline for Art Nouveau was mid 1880’s to approx 1910.

    Art Nouveau involved design, architecture and the decorative arts.

    Art Nouveau used the natural world as inspiration for designs. Flowers, leaves and birds are common features of work.

    Background to Art Nouveau (style of Tiffany jewellery)

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    Words used to describe Art Nouveau work:




    Elongated shapes(tall as if stretched)

    Flowing lines


    Natural motifs (images)


    Designers whose work was in this style are as follows:

    Louis Comfort Tiffany 1848-1933 (jewellery, lamps and glassware)

    Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1868-1928 (architecture, furniture, textile design, interior design, painting)

    Antoni Gaudi 1852-1926 (architecture)

    Emile Galle 1846-1904 (glass and furniture)

    Rene Lalique 1827-1886(jewellery and glassware)

    Background to Art Nouveau (style of Tiffany jewellery)

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    This is Tiffany jewellery as sold


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    More jewellery as sold today

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    Glossary of jewellery terms

    • Amuletsomething worn to protect a person against disease, misfortune or witchcraft.

    • Bakelitefirst synthetic plastic invented in 1907-09. Used a lot in jewellery of the 1920’s and 1930’s.

    • Cameojewel decorated with a carved design in low relief (slightly raised from the surface). Usually the design is a profile of a person (the side of their head).

    • Costume jewellery

      This is jewellery that is made from non-precious materials. It is often made to look like expensive jewellery but is not expensive to buy.

    • Diamantenon-precious stones that have the look of diamonds. Often found in costume jewellery.

    • Enamelopaque (can’t see through it) substance similar to glass. Used to decorate the surface of metal.

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    Glossary of jewellery terms

    • Fibulaa type of brooch similar to a safety pin.

    • Hallmarkstamp on gold or silver which guarantees the metal’s purity.

    • Lapidaryrelated to the cutting, polishing and engraving of gems and stones.

    • Pasteglass made to look like gemstones.

    • Repousseback of metal punched to create a relief (raised) design on the front.

    • Settingthe space where a stone (diamond, gemstones…) would be positioned or held.

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