A line in geometry is a set of points that extends in opposite directions up to infinity, answering questions of shape, size, the relative position of figures, and the properties of space. Protagoras about geometry said: “we disregard certain aspects of reality when we work”, we do not make up an “ideal object”.
The best “ideal objects” come from imagination, from understanding a world where thought and images are ingrained in the mind to form a mental concept that isn’t present to the senses, creating something new and somehow valuable.
The created object becomes physical, a splendid shape dancing in space and time. John Muir said: “the power of imagination makes us infinities”, like a line in geometry with the power to create something gorgeous, something beautiful in lines.
Geometric jewelry is create geometry into an expression used in us.
Geometric jewelry, which is how to style watchers refer to this trend, is made of basic design elements like triangles, squares, and ovals. Repeating patterns of triangles, diamond shapes and circles are the design elements in these pre-Columbian earrings (900-1400 AD
Geometric Shapes and Their Importance in Jewelry Design
Triangles, circles, squares, and everything in between are the go-to for aesthetically pleasing visuals in designs because of their simplistic nature. You don’t need to have complex patterns to create an eye-catching design when a simple triangle can do it better.
Jewelry and architecture and sculptures have common fields as many anonymous and well-known designers have proved in exquisite and minimalistic jewelry pieces: Geometry. Many works can arise from the need to create urban jewelry that looked different. Sometimes jewelry can walks us through a world of clean lines and structure that seduce us when we see some geometrical and architectural form pieces.
Architecture jewelry, while not strictly related to geometric jewelry, still uses some of the same elements but with an eye toward more open structural elements, three-dimensional designs, and artistic expression over status and wealth. For example, architectural rings will have separated pieces, such as placing the gemstone pronouncedly higher than the base of the ring or placing the gemstone into a setting of a different size. Meanwhile, architectural necklaces might include a building-designed motif; this piece, which features the building entrance into a mountain fortress with clear elephant motifs around the entrance, uses geometric patterns on its surface but also architectural themes.
But do not confuse Geometry with Symmetry
In geometry, an object has symmetry if there is an operation or transformation that involves the process of translation, scaling, rotation or reflection; that maps the figure or the object onto itself, meaning the object has an invariance under the transform. An example is a circle is thus said to be symmetric under rotation or to have rotational symmetry.
The types of symmetry considered in basic geometry include reflectional symmetry, rotation symmetry, translational symmetry, and glide reflection symmetry.
In conclusion, Symmetry is a concept inside Geometry and not otherwise.
Negative Space in Jewelry Design.
Negative space is defined as the area around an object or designated positive space. This is a common phrase used when describing photography composition, but it applies to most artistic expressions, and jewelry isn’t an exception.
Negative space can impact your jewelry design decisions and spark a few new ideas.
The use of space depends on how we look at things. Negative space is important because our brains tend to not like looking at too-busy or over-crowded images. We don’t know what to focus on as we break down what we’re seeing into more manageable portions. Giving your intended focal point(s) some negative space, or breathing room, creates clean distinction and definition of the design itself.
At the same time, Negative Space help to create an illusion and feel “included” in the artistic concept.
How the Jewelry Designer see Geometry?
The jewelry designer integrates negative space, geometry, and symmetry in a jewelry design, this is what he/she takes into consideration:
As you for sure has appreciated geometric shapes are not just popular, are necessary for jewelry, and always seem to be. Jewelry designers use negative space by creating open, simple geometric shapes, with clean lines outline a well-defined shape so we, can appreciate what is and isn’t there. This type of negative space is often used in minimalist designs such as simple wire forms or stacked wire rings on different points of the finger to create even more negative space intrigue.
Modern jewelry designers and abstract artists love using negative space to create depth. Make modern-looking jewelry that takes on silhouettes of structures like cuff bracelets and rings. Explore inspiration from suspension bridges with thin styles of chain connected to varying points on focal components using layers. One of many styles on contemporary asymmetrical trends is making a solid shape and the other an outline of the same or part of the original shape.
We’ve talked about shape outlines, but framing is a little different. Framing is more about using a shape to simplify and direct focus to a point of interest. This can be done with an open area (cutout), bead frames, contrasting color, or use of a “non-color” (white and black), isolating and define while potentially introducing drama.
This implies a shape with other shapes, create silhouettes, use unique cutouts, make an open ring or cuff bracelet where the two ends create an image in the negative space. It’s all about absence being present.
My favorite example is the use of all these concepts together is the jewelry designer Sarah Herriot jewelry because in her designs the audience can feel the thoughtful use of empty spaces and depend on how you play with the space that can offer you a metal you can create a masterpiece or something close to chaos. Her ethics in work is clear when she explains: “Engineering and problem solving play their part in my designs and solutions are as much of each piece as the design itself.
The click as the tension bangle clasp is closed provides an ultimately satisfactory sound; this is an example of the rigor and elegance found in all my work”. For me, her jewelry reminds me of the concepts in art or photography of positive and negative spaces. “Positive space refers to the main focus of a picture, while negative space refers to the background. When used creatively and intelligently, positive and negative space together can tell a story using visual composition alone”.
Curators explain that a good artist realizes that the space surrounding an object (positive space/ shape/mass / etc) is just as important as the object itself. Negative space helps define a subject and brings balance to a composition. It’s very easy to understand these concepts in architecture.
When you see Sara Herriot’s jewelry it’s easy to appreciate that she is creating something for being part of a space, her jewelry is very sculptural, are objects with their rights. Pablo Picasso said: “I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them”. It’s clear that the empty spaces in Sarah Herriot are part of the design, it’s not this something truly special? She founds inspiration in urban environments and buildings, BUT, the feeling that you can hold the thought in your hand is what makes a jewel part of personal history, and again I ask: that is not all that jewelry is about? Memories, history, and feelings
The Review of Geometry and Jewelry.
What does negative space do? It gives you new horizons to explore when making jewelry! Play around with negative space in necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more to turn negative into positive attention.
In jewelry design exists a process and a product, result of planning, designing, and construction, are the same process for architecture, sculpture, and the creation of other physical structures.
As Coco Chanel compared art with fashion she said: “It’s just a matter of proportions”.