We're programmed to recognize patterns--three objects can form an identifiable pattern and three elements are much easier to remember than more. And we like looking at things in threes. It is well-established that information and objects grouped in threes, or arranged to form a triangle, are more visually appealing.
Apply the rule of three to jewelry-making to increase the visual impact, balance, movement and overall pleasantness of a piece. Learn more about the rule of three in this illustrative three-part series including design ideas to help identify and/or integrate this principle into your own work.
The Rule of Three: A Three-Part Jewelry Design Series
|Third Color's the Charm|
Many times the best place to start a jewelry design is by selecting the colors or color palette you wish to incorporate into the piece. Color plays a crucial role in any design, but how much is too much when it comes to color? How many colors should be included in a given design? Although there is no black and white answer to this (a creative license is exactly that--a license to do what inspires you), a tried-and-true design principal is found in the rule of three.
Selecting three colors for a jewelry design is a good starting point and can provide visual balance to the overall appearance of the piece. Once you’ve selected three colors, now it’s time to mix it up. Instead of using equal amounts of three colors in a design, a common guideline suggests dividing the colors into percentages of 60, 30 and 10 for a stronger color statement. And create spectacular color pops by using the same bright color in three different places within the design.
Looking for color inspiration? Download FREE seasonal color forecasts to help guide your color choices for upcoming jewelry lines. Incorporate three colors into a piece by using varying shades of the same color, producing an ombré effect. Mix three types of metals in the same piece for a stunning presentation. Or use the online color wheel guide to easily select a combination of split complementary colors for beautiful results.
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