With the economy said to be doing well, one offshoot is that jewellery is becoming more ‘in demand’ – materials’ prices have dropped, and designers are taking the initiative to design unique accessories for all levels of consumers.
Jewellery is often designed to be worn for a particular occasion, whether formal or informal. Buying and wearing jewellery is, for some, an emotional experience. It is often the desires of the individual which dictate the design process. Many designs are created around the core material, such as precious gems, or metals that are rare or unique.
Budget or taste will also be factors in determining the design. The process begins with creating a technical sketch, then modelling it with computer-aided design (CAD) software, and selecting the materials. Production then follows with a 3-D prototype.
The LGBTQ community can have unique needs. For example, American designer David Spada became an overnight success, when he designed the Freedom Ring, to commemorate the 1991 Gay Freedom Day Parade.
With the progress of equal right to marriage around the world, an entire new category of jewellery design has grown, to meet the demands of engaged and marrying LGBTQ couples. More individuals are expressing their Pride through jewellery, and many retailers specialise in this niche market.
Well-known fashion designers expand their product line with jewellery and accessories. France’s Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, and Germany’s Wolfgang Joop are examples of this. Celebrities also take advantage of their following and enter the market.
We have found prominent members of the LGBTQ jewellery designers in France, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Spain and the United States.