Principles of Design

In principles of design VARIETY adds interest and helps to make a piece grab attention.

Variety occurs when an artist creates something that looks different from the rest of the artwork. A jewelry designer may use variety to make you look at a certain part or make the whole piece more interesting.

Variety is the quality or state of having different forms or types. The differences which give a design visual and conceptual interest: notably use of contrast, emphasis, difference in size, shapes, textures, colors, values, and so forth.

You create variety when elements are changed. Repeating a similar shape but changing the size can give variety and unity at the same time. Keeping the same size, but changing the color can also give variety and unity at the same time. In visual composition, there are many ways you can change something while simultaneously keeping it the same.

For a closer view of any of the following designs just click on the designer's name and you will be taken to their site where you can also check out some of their other creative designs for inspiration.

This fun and funky necklace by
Sarah Brueck Stallings keeps your eyes dancing around the whole piece as you take in all the different elements used to add variety and interest.

The two bracelets to the left designed by Rose Puskas are wonderful examples of using various shapes in complimenting colors with her handmade lampwork beads to create fun and exciting pieces of jewelry. Rose has a creative way to get your attention and keep it. Your eyes can't help but scan the complete piece absorbing the variety of shapes and textures of the beads and components. I enjoy how Rose uses a bead in her clasps to keep the visual interest throughout her whole designs.

This "Fun In The Sun Bracelet" by Paula Huckabay just screams summer, party, fun... The variety of beads, colors and dangles add texture and activity, and the sterling silver sun clasp completes the theme.

This dangle bracelet is another example of how using a variety of beads add interest and excitement to a design. The chain full of dangles allows this bracelet to fit almost any size wrist--just hook your clasp onto the link that feels most comfortable.

"Butterfly Garden Necklace"
Designer: Mackenzie Mullane
Variety creates interest in this necklace not only from the different beads used but also from the use of various chains and components. This design is asymmetrical yet there is a felt balance because both sides are weighted the same. You can find these great brass components and lots more at Vintaj Natural Brass Co. "Inspiration in every finding." Exclusively wholesale Jewelry Findings.

Variety catches your attention with this bold and chunky necklace. Designed by Jewelism.

This colorful chunky necklace
is sure to grab attention!

Principles of Design VARIETY

For more Principles of Design see: Balance, Emphasis, Rhythm, Movement, Contrast, Harmony,

For more Elements of Design see: Line, Shape, Space, Texture, Color.

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