Margie Deeb Talks About Jewelry & the Body

June 24, 2014, 05:33 am  Posted by Lark

The Beader’s Guide to Jewelry Design, written by Margie Deeb, teaches you to design your own creations by paying attention to unity, scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, shape, pattern, texture, movement, drape, and color. You’ll explore the interaction of jewelry and the body: how it moves, how it drapes, how it guides the viewer’s eye to complement–or clash–with different body sizes and wardrobe. The concepts presented are supported by photos, illustrations, before-and-after examples, and challenges. Tips from today’s leading jewelry designers in polymer clay, beads, precious metal clay, ceramic, and wire teach you how to take your ideas and refine them into extraordinary, wearable jewelry.

  • Discover why a piece of jewelry is visually appealing.
  • Understand why you prefer certain styles and how to apply the concepts to achieve what you want.
  • Gain confidence in using specific applications of visual and aesthetic principles.
  • Be inspired to grow and express more of yourself and your unique visions of beauty.


This is the seventh in a nine-part interview with the author.

Q The chapters about the major principles of design are followed by Chapter 7: Jewelry and The Body. Tell me about this section, Margie.

A This is my favorite chapter in the book! It’s so very important to consider how jewelry interacts with the body, not just how it looks in a photo or on a display form. Too often that’s all we see because we’re looking at static photos. And unfortunately, many bead artists disregard the wearer’s size, coloring, skin tone, shape, and comfort when making jewelry. This chapter presents information that has never been published, material I’ve spent decades learning and gathering. Chapter 7 is worth the price of the entire book, in my opinion. It includes info on how to design necklaces for specific fashion necklines, body shapes and sizes, face structure, and more.




I’ve developed a “Customer Preference Form” to copy and fill out when you’re designing for specific clients. You can use it to capture all you need to know about your customer, including measurements, allergies, color preferences, and more.


 Q Does the success of jewelry on the body have to do with proportion?

A In large part, yes. When a woman is overwhelmed by jewelry, it often looks comical. When a woman wears jewelry that can barely be seen, it can look odd and unflattering. The proportions within the piece jewelry are so important, too. A huge focal bead on a flimsy strand (something I see far too often) appears painfully out of proportion. We cover those kind of proportions in the Balance chapter.


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Check in next Tuesday for the eighth part of this interview with Margie!


Margie Deeb is the author of four other beading books. For more info about her newest one, check out http://beadersguidetojewelrydesign.com


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