A statement is a declaration of who you are and defines what you are about. You are making a claim on the personal identity you wish to project. A statement says, "This is me, this is what I stand for and this is what I like." Though it is quite often expressed in words and song ("I'm a Man" sang Muddy Waters in perhaps the ultimate statement song), a statement can also be made as an artistic, non-verbal expression.
The first statements made by prehistoric humans were most likely non-verbal, perhaps made with a weapon, such as a club or spear to claim territory and proclaim dominance. But powerful, lasting statements were also made using symbols, such as cave paintings which have survived over 30,000 years. The primitive paintings evolved into pictograms (illustrations) and ideograms (representing ideas)--the first logos.
Ancient Egyptians and Greeks communicated using a combination of symbols and words, perhaps the first use of multi-media. For many years, beads have been used as symbols for prayer, for currency and other purposes. And of course, beads are used for decoration and self-expression including making a statement. Gemstones, especially birthstones, help others connect with and celebrate who we are.
|Thank goodness there is no rules committee or published standards that dictate what is and what isn't a statement piece--no judges, but there is the court of public opinion. Determining what is a statement piece is an instinctive response, a perception thing: "I'll know it when I see it." And this gives us a lot of room to work with because there are as many conceptions of what is a statement as there are people considering it.
Generally speaking a statement piece is:
When thinking big, it's easy to think bib, as in bib-style necklace. The large size offers plenty of opportunity to use a multitude and variety of components.
This kind of jewelry statement can involve a daring use of components or to "boldly go where no design has gone before" with form.
On Dragon's Wings by Debbie Benninger makes a daring use of wirework, gemstone cabochons and Swarovski crystal components, and was a Grand Prize Employee's Choice winner in the 2015 Metal jewelry-making contest.
Because of their small size, seed beads can lead to quite a complex design, presented in this Grand Prize Gold Medal winner in the 2012 Seed Bead contest.
Unique, Eye-Grabber, Head Turner
Not confined to just necklaces and bracelets, statement jewelry can come in many forms including earrings and studs.
Jewelry as home décor offers unlimited potential to make a unique statement as seen in Zena the lizard made with glass seed beads and jasper gemstone beads.
An eye-grabbing design is this necklace (below) of seed beads, Swarovski® crystals and cane glass fashioned to look like crayons.
|What has been presented here is by no means an exhaustive examination of all of the possibilities for statement jewelry, however it should serve to give you a clearer understanding of what is possible.
Given the possible combinations of the many thousands of jewelry-making components, the opportunities for self-expression through jewelry are virtually limitless.
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