Custom Design

The Beaudet Approach

At Beaudet Jewelry, we work with people and for them. Whether we are designing a piece from scratch, making adjustments to an existing piece, or using stones or metals from a cherished heirloom, we handle the project with great care. Communication is central to this process, and is a two-way street. We share what works and why. Our experience is the key to making it work seamlessly.

Designing custom jewelry isn't just the rearranging of parts. True custom design is a ground up approach, with durability, wearability and creative design considered during the entire process. What's good for one person may not work for another. It takes skill and a real partnership to find the balance.

We work with you to understand your design preferences, personality, lifestyle, and color choice to get the piece just right.

Design Preferences

Designs are created to be symmetrical or balanced. Preferences of the wearer and the materials used are important considerations in deciding which design style will be used.

Symmetrical

There are two primary types of symmetry: pure symmetry and radial symmetry. Symmetrical designs tend to look traditional, and can look architectural and or geometric. Symmetrical designs are more frequently made in white metal because it is a stronger contrast. This helps separate it even more from where it is presented such as the hand, the box or the showcase. It stands alone.

Symmetry such as left/right or top/bottom and left/right balance creates a focus between the symmetrical objects. These rings are symmetrical:

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Radial symmetry, like a pinwheel, creates a focus in the center of the radius. These rings display radial symmetry:

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Symmetrical designs tend to draw the eye away from the hand. This might be desirable if the wearer feels the ring is the important thing to see or they want to distract focus from the hand. Difficulties can arise in creating symmetrical designs if we are incorporating gemstones as side stones when they are not exactly matched for size, color or cut, or when using center stones that are not geometrically perfect.

Balanced Design

While symmetry may appear balanced it is only balanced to itself and only from a straight on perspective. True balance in a three dimensional world takes its location into consideration, and each hand is unique. The length of ones fingers individually and comparatively, the distance between fingers, and the webbing between fingers form the environment in which the ring is worn. A balanced design takes these factors and others into consideration.

People enjoy balance design because it looks more natural, looks balanced from all viewpoints, complements the hand, and can be made to twist less and look straighter on the hand. Balanced designs can easily look sculptural or organic. Because of all the additional design tools available there are no restrictions for gemstone size, shape or color.

These rings are examples of balanced designs:

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Personality

Our eyes look at things in an organized fashion: we almost always look from small to large, light to dark, smooth to rough and low to high. Because we do this in a similar way, most of us can agree on whether we like the look of something or not. However, each of us has a different comfort level. Some people enjoy designs where almost everything agrees with how we look at things; other people want fewer things to agree. They want more visual tension or to be surprised once in a while even though they've looked at the piece a thousand times. Understanding the wearer's preferences in design is helpful.

I also consider the wearer's personality when designing a custom piece. Is the wearer bold or demure? Whimsical or serious? Certainly each of these personality traits would direct me to design differently.

Lifestyle

When designing a custom piece, we also need to know whether the piece will be worn just on special occasions or everyday and if the wearer is rock climber, avid tennis player, gardener, or other active person is also a key piece of information that must be taken into consideration.

Color

"I've always wanted a Ruby!", or "My birthstone is a Peridot." 

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Sometimes your primary color choice is made for you, but there are many variations when juggling color. In gemstones, color is made up of more things than something like paint. The translucence of most gemstones uses light as part of its body. We call that reflection and dispersion, you might call it sparkle. As light travels through the stone at various depths, it picks up differing amounts of color, and because stones are not always uniform in color, it can even vary in tone and hue.

This is one of the exciting aspects about working with colored gemstones and it allows us to play with mixing colors as very few other artists get to. Within one gemstone, it's possible to find a way to blend toward or contrast another gemstone and sometimes do both. Usually it's your choice depending on the metal it's set in or the differing sizes of the gems.

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