Since I've been busy crafting a lot of these epicly beautiful and utterly timeless pieces, the nerd in me fixated on the phrases most often uttered when such things are displayed. "That's so elegant!"
My inner linguist takes out her spectacles and asks "Why these words in particular?" What is it that makes one bracelet or necklace elegant and beautiful while the others are just beautiful? So, I set out to answer this question by inquiring amongst my fellows, peers, and elders about the attributes of various things they deem elegant. Here are some of the adjectives I uncovered.
Sparkly Classic Regal Sleek
Stands-out Abstract Simple Dark
You may not think it's very interesting, but I did. The majority of the these words don't necessarily apply to something 'elegant'. For example, a brooch of a 6-inch tall gorilla cast in gunmetal and covered in sparkling rhinestones is dark, somewhat abstract, sparkly and it most certainly stands out, but it's far from elegant. Really, only 2 of the adjectives I've presented aren't words that could just as easily be applied to something that isn't elegant. Regal, Classic. Hmmm.
Typically, something regal is something exuding a kingly bearing. A kingly bearing? How do we see kings? Usually in a positive light...possessing the best and finest things, graceful, polite and well-cultured. So, a regal piece of jewelry is something of the best and finest materials, a graceful form and possessing a non-intrusive, yest still very noticeable air.
The other word, classic, refers to something iconic, easily recognized and generally well-liked. So, a classic piece of jewelry is something easily recognized and usually well-liked. It's most likely something traditional. These words have intrinsic qualities that always align with the notion of elegance.
From this, it's safe to assume that the true aspects that make elegance are how classic and regal a piece is. It has to be something incredibly beautiful, but capable of standing up to time and changing fads, something timeless and genuine. To that, I'd like to add the word 'unique'. Elegance is not something mass produced, but something truly beautiful in its rarity. The diamond solitaire necklace at the very beginning of its use was deemed elegant, but since then, it's been mass-produced, imitated to death and its reputation destroyed. Everyone has one now. It's become easy to overlook. It's elegance has been reduced to an expensive fade-into-the-background accessory.
So, now, I'll take off my nerd hat and bring this topic to... what was it again? Oh yeah, this blog's about jewelry and each post is supposed to give you an interesting take away! Here's some of that take away. Elegance is a quality you want to be applied to yourself and your craft. So, be genuine, unique, classic and stand out from the crowd.
My personal take away is that while having a brand name with a catchy acronym or bright colors seems 'cool', the style and quality of the jewelry I make doesn't fit with that. Long, pretentious names don't work either because my style hops and jumps here and there. Everything I do is limited edition and one of a kind. Everything I do is Nonpareil Joolry.