I have always been drawn to asymmetry. There’s something about not having all things line up on both sides exactly the same. I mean life doesn’t really do that for us does it? We want balance but symmetry isn’t required. When done correctly asymmetrical jewelry has balance but not symmetry.
When I first made jewelry I did make just about everything symmetrical but it didn’t feel natural to me and it was pretty boring to me. Most jewelry artists seem to make symmetrical pieces and I can understand why: most people prefer regular patterns in their jewelry.
I like one of a kind and Asymmetrical designs lend themselves well to one of a kind jewelry. One of a kind jewelry is very hard to make profitable. It’s not scalable and the cost and therefore price for each piece would have unique, non-shared design time. It’s almost like a custom made piece except the customer didn’t get to provide input.
Don’t get me wrong, there are folks who have make asymmetrical jewelry and one of kind jewelry sustainable but not a lot can pull it off. I went for it anyway.
I started my venture into asymmetrical jewelry making with bracelets. It seemed to be safe because when a person is wearing the bracelet you can’t see the entire bracelet or where the midpoint is supposed to be.
But as you probably have already experienced either by purchasing or making asymmetrical bracelets, there’s a greater chance the weight will be unevenly distributed, causing the closure to end up at the top of your wrist vs. the bottom.
After a lot of trial and error, I eventually found my style for asymmetrical bracelets.
My asymmetrical necklace designs vary quite a bit. Initially they included only beads but I started to include fabric as either fabric beads, fabric pendants, or fabric “chains”. Asymmetrical necklaces may be the jewelry I like to make the most 🙂
Some are long, with fabric.
Some are shorter – choker length, without fabric.
Take a look at my asymmetrical jewelry on my various sites: