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Raindrop jewellery

The weather has well and truly turned. Looking out the jewellery school windows we can see the “Gherkin” and other London landmarks wreathed in grey cloud instead of sparkling in the late burst of sunshine. And we wouldn’t dare nip to the shop without a brolly.

But even if it is grey and damp outside, there is still inspiration to be found as the collection of raindrop jewellery  below proves. Silver and crystal drops maybe the first thoughts you have about raindrop jewellery but here are some other approaches using shape, different materials or colours.

silver jewellery making

This silver and topaz raindrop by Rachel Gallery makes a wet day brighter.


rain drop jewellery

This ebony, opal and silver pendant by Silverstone Dimensions was inspired by rain running down a window.


rain drop jewellery

Raindrops don’t need to be grey as shown by Christine Darren’s Druzy Raindrop Earrings featuring coppertone druzy stones 18k gold plated chain


rain jewellery

Rain can be fun and quirky too as in this pendant by Riverwalk Designs. Think about creating your own weather scene in resin.


rainbow jewellery making

We couldn’t talk about the rain with out having a rainbow. So to cheer you up is a cuff by LJS team favourite Elizabeth Raine. Why not think about all the ways you could create your own rainbow – enamel, beads, Perspex and resin come to mind

Channel your inspirations and ideas – mood boards and Pinterest

Where do you find inspirations from? Do you have a fashion magazine that is a must flick through?

And how do you organise your ideas and inspirations so that they result in new jewellery designs?

For example, Bronagh, our press and membership co-ordinator, is interested in textiles as well as jewellery and often finds inspirations and style ideas from Harpers Bazaar. In the past this meant she had lots of torn sheets from magazines but these days she is more likely to photograph pages with her phone and attach them to an evernote.com file or use Pinterest to collect images from the internet.

IMG_2018 Images cut out of magazine are a great way to create a mood board – a collection of images that show IMG_2020the design direction and help collect your ideas in one place to focus on design, colours and style.

The mood boards here are by students on our one-day fashion jewellery course which involves making a mood board before designing and creating jewellery based on the ideas behind the board.

But you can now avoid the scissors and glue stage if you want.

The internet makes creating mood boards easier and harder at the same time. It is very easy to find images that attract or inspire you – a Google search or browsing on Flickr, as well as fashion magazine sites, will give you a vast quantity to chose from.

But there is so much to look at that you could go off in a lot of disparate directions so it is important to use a blog (see Some Beautiful Place for an example), online notebook (like evernote.com)  or Pinterest.com to bring the images together (virtual mood board) so you can keep track of whether the things you like work together.


Pinterest can be a useful way to do this because it is designed to create “boards” where you collect the images under themes or headings.

It’s a free site and you have the extra advantage of being able to look at other people’s boards and even “pin” items from their collections to your own to help build up you ideas.

If you haven’t come across Pinterest before why not make a start by looking at the LJS boards and exploring from there – but be warned like searching for pictures on Flickr or Google you could find more to fascinate you than you ever expected.

So do remember that you are looking for ideas to inspire your jewellery making – so leave yourself time to actually create as well.

Job Opportunity – Jewellery Design

A new jewellery start up is on the lookout for new designers to help develop their upcoming collections.  The ideal candidate would be someone highly creative with good design skills who is interested in designing stylish and unusual jewellery a freelance basis. Technical jewellery making ability is not essential as the work would be design based and would be focused on mid level pieces in silver and swarovski crystals.


For more information, please contact Joseph Hayes on josephhayes71@.hotmail.com.