“These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of.”
The jewels around your neck may appear to be a mere statement piece, but hours of meticulous crafting and precision were put in to create the final product that you see.
Everybody wants the gems, but too often, the handiwork gets glazed over.
Jewelry Design student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Doubara, gives us a glimpse behind the process of designing that requires a great amount of attention-to-detail, the defining moment that sparked her interest in jewelry design, and colors trending for the summer season…
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Doubara: Hi, I’m Doubara, and I tell stories through jewelry design. I am currently a student at FIDM, and I design every day luxury pieces that are fun, modern and elegant for women all over the world.
Q: What sparked your interest in jewelry design?
D: My interest in jewelry design started after my mum taught me how to make a really simple pearl necklace. We both sat on her bedroom floor one afternoon, and she showed me how to string some pearls, and then, attach a clasp. That moment was redefining for me because these were just beads lying around and didn’t mean much, but once she put them together, they became something meaningful and precious. They told a story of elegance and simplicity when she put it on and that moment right there, making that necklace and bonding with my mum changed everything for me. My love for jewelry design and fabrication was born.
Q: What would most people be surprised to find out about jewelry designing?
D: Actual creation of jewelry involves a lot of dirty work. When I say dirty work, I mean literal dirt. Dirty hands, sharp objects flying around, toxic fumes to be protected from, etc. Sometimes, there are near tears moment when you accidentally melt your piece (lol), and you have to start all over again, ouch! Some people think it’s a world where every jeweler rolls around in gold or gemstones, but it is a very painstaking path, so you must be passionate to pursue and stick to it. Nevertheless, it can be one of the most rewarding professions in life. You get to see your ideas, imaginations and stories flow from your heart to an actual fabricated piece on the bench, and then onto a woman who wears it to tell the world her story of joy, confidence or love. It’s wonderful!
Q: What types of accessories do you love to wear?
D: I wear the whole range. Rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, watches, even brooches! My must-haves are rings & watches (except when I’m in the studio working). You can tell a lot about a person by the kind of watch they wear. I love rings a lot because they give me the freedom to combine different styles or moods on one part of my body without throwing off the rest of my outfit. Rings let me tell different stories at one time. Besides, ring-stacking is always fun.
Q: What colors are suitable to wear for the summer season?
D: Usually, we tend to see very bright colors for summer season, but this year, darker colors are making their way into summer ’15. Colors for summer ’15 are lake blue, white, persimmon orange, black, green, pistachio, mango, cherry and a couple others. Granted, some of these colors may not become mainstream, but you might see bits of them across industries. In jewelry, colors like deep rich green, sage and marsala make gorgeous choices for the summer.
Q: What’s next for you? (future plans in jewelry design, plans after graduation, etc.)
D: After graduation, I hope to go into computer-aided jewelry design, and utilize technologies such as 3D printing. Technology has always been a game changer in every industry and aside from actually loving creating pieces digitally, I believe 3D design and printing is the way to go. It enables you to design pieces that would be next to impossible to make by hand, and it pushes your creative design options.
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