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☾How to Design Earrings From Start to Finish☾

A model wears the silver Lunar Moth Earrings by Rael Cohen Jewelry

 Lunar Moth Earrings 

 
The jewelry making process is one of great deliberation, design, and personal joy. 
 
So much time and thought first goes into what jewelry pieces I feel are missing from my collections. What will round them out so they feel lively and complete. To me, it felt like my Nature Collection was missing a pair of oversized wing earrings. Something that would work with long or short hair and work as a statement earring for lovers of butterflies, birds, and all things with wings. I created many delicate, fine line, and etherial pieces of jewelry, but I wanted to add something with more showmanship...a bit of "pizazz" if you will.
 
Research was necessary, specifically, research dedicated to the large swath of winged insects that exist. When I came across the Lunar Moth, my heart skipped a bit - I knew I'd found the one. Learning more about this moth's name, size, and crisp leafy colors, a design came to mind that I believe captured its essence. 
 
A photo of a green Lunar Moth

 A Lunar Moth 

 
Once my mind is made up, I head over to Adobe Illustrator and gradually begin to trace off the outlines of the moth, making artistic adjustments and adding structural integrity as needed. Delicate, geometric jewelry - especially ones with intricate details such as earrings - need to hang and be balanced just right.
 
Once satisfied with the scale and line-work of a jewelry design, I send the illustration to my metal work collaborator in Illinois. When the prototypes are approved, I leave them in the base metal or plate them in 24k gold using my handle gold plate kit from Gold Plating Services. If you'd like to watch that technique, you can watch the video tutorial here
The final and most delightful step of all is when these lightweight silver, gold, and rose gold jewelry pieces are completed, photographed and added to my online collection. Shop and share the pieces you love with the people you love today!
 
 

xo RAEL

 
 

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