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This week one of our very
talented Customer Service Representatives, Nick, has provided us with a wonderful
blog article about THE motif that just seems to keep getting bigger and bigger,
feathers. So with out any further delay please enjoy and make sure to share some
love with Nick in the comments, he deserves it!
In the words of the late couturier Alexander McQueen, “There is no better designer
than nature.” Jewelry makers have a particularly profound way of demonstrating their
own adoration for the Earth and its inhabitants. Whether you work with sustainable
resources or draw sources of inspiration from animals, plants or even climates;
many of us know that when you’re speaking of Mother Nature, there is always more
than meets the eye. Among the jewelry pieces influenced by these design principals,
the feather motif is one of the most popular and can be seen improvised into any
Last year, real and synthetic feathers became a mini craze among women when they
were incorporated into hair extensions. They also began to show up in every size,
shape and color in the form of dangling earrings and pendants on necklaces. This
year the trend becomes more refined and even the most subtle reference to the feather
has our imaginations taking flight. Casted metal feathers and etching patterns are
more prominent than ever, placing greater focus on the design. Real feathers are
taking a backseat to this new creative turn that, at times, requires a keen eye
Grooved etchings add a wonderful texture to metal, and the natural curvature of
the lines in a feather is a very attractive feature when used in jewelry design.
The contrasting shades in the finish of the metal also add greater distinction.
Typical shapes can be transformed and are given an enhanced look that appeals to
a wide range of people. Feathers often appear in rows for repeating circular designs
in bracelets and rings. They can be fanned out in alternating sizes or intertwined.
Narrow designs that end in a point, often resembling leaves, can be seen layered
in necklaces or used in drop earrings.
feathered friends have been known to provide plenty of inspiration in both wing
and silhouette charms. Birds that are popular in jewelry designs are peacocks, owls,
sparrows, doves and hummingbirds. The peacock in particular, with its bold feather
pattern and jewel tones, has influenced a multitude of designs in every medium.
Weddings have on occasion been peacock themed and utilize color schemes, which emulate
the vivid colors of the plumage. The shape of this feather is unique and has a signature
round inset that immediately sets it apart. Goose feathers are also quite trendy
and have delicate curls which are beautifully replicated in many jewelry designs.
jewelry designs have long used feathers as symbols of spiritualism and tranquility.
They are frequently used in dream catchers and headpieces. Birds of prey, such as
the eagle and the owl, are creatures of great significance and often paid homage
to within accessories. Beautiful turquoise cabochons, coral chips and gemstones
in muted earth tones are often paired with these pieces. There are endless
combinations that look harmonious when hung as a pendant on a suede or leather cord.
Feather motifs should be playful and they allow a jewelry maker the opportunity
to practice restraint or create breathtaking beaded likenesses. There are endless
ways to be clever when nature is guiding you in your craft, and the next time you
find yourself in a creative rut, just look toward the sky.