7 Principles of Design for Jewelry-Making Inspiration: Part 7 - Harmony

Design Idea A554 Necklace

by Susanne Kathol, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®

What visual message is your jewelry sending? The answer to this can be found in design theory, more specifically the principles of design as applied to jewelry creations. The design principles include balance, proportion, contrast, unity, harmony, movement and emphasis. These principles of design are used to arrange the elements (beads, components, etc.) in jewelry art, guiding the visual message of the piece.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here's an illustrative exploration of seven different principles of jewelry design, including design ideas to help identify and/or integrate these principles into your own work.

7 Principles of Design for Jewelry-Making Inspiration:
  1. Balance - A Balancing Act
  2. Emphasis - Point of Emphasis
  3. Movement - The Magic of Movement
  4. Proportion - Power of Proportion
  5. Contrast - Contrast Consideration
  6. Unity - Understanding Unity
  7. Harmony - Happiness of Harmony

Happiness is Harmony ...

Harmony refers to how the different elements in a piece of jewelry relate to and complement each other. Harmony is achieved in a body of work by using similar elements throughout the work, giving an effortless and uncomplicated appeal to the design. Here are some design ideas that represent a harmonious look.

Design Idea A554 Necklace

This necklace uses similar elements, crystal pearls and silver chain throughout the piece, is symmetrically balanced, and has a clear focal point at the center/bottom of the design.

Design Idea 727K Necklace

The different elements and textures in this necklace complement each other as similar items are grouped together and the design is well-balanced. The use of texture, introduced by the organza ribbon, creates movement and the consistent color tones unify the design.

This is the seventh part of a multi-part series on the principles of design for jewelry-making inspiration. View additional design principles: