Mae West famously said that she would try anything once.... I don't know why this resonates so much with me, but it does. It could be my manifesto if I had ever gotten around to writing one. I will write a manifesto one day (remember? I'll try anything once), but up to now I've been busy with other things, like choosing materials for my jewelry.
Jewelry making offers endless choice, in materials, colors, shapes. But jewelry designers have deeply set preferences that bring us back to the same materials time and again. For me the material of choice is silver. For other people the obvious choice might be gold. However after making jewelry for some time I am starting to be intrigued by the idea of working with gold. Will it be as easy to handle as silver? As fun?
I don't think about gold in terms of a metal for me to wear. Gold doesn't go with my skin tone. I have always avoided it, both as a jewelry-maker and a buyer. I can't picture it on myself. Choosing gold for the first time, I would be working on jewelry that no longer looks right against my skin. Even when making something for someone else I have still enjoyed looking at it while in my hands and finding it pleasing to the eye, its color working very well with my skin tone. Even before its final owner gets to see the finished piece, its appearance is evaluated against my bare hands. The moment I start working with gold that will change. No more enjoying the way the jewel I am shaping looks against my skin. These glimpses of the way the final piece might look like when worn will be gone and I will have to just fast-forward through all the intermediate stages and picture it finished and worn by other people.
Switching material might not be such a big deal in the end. But how am I going to cope with working on a jewel without regular glimpses of what it will look like when completed? If you know me you probably know already that I have to find out. I might even try it a second time if it turns out to be good. And possibly a third time just to make sure.
I love hematite, onyx, and chocolate.