You could be at work, school, a social setting or just waiting in line. What's the first thing you notice when you meet someone new? Most people will notice physical attributes such as their eyes, hair color, height and weight. Possibly the way they are dressed. Even their shoes.
Now, I can't tell you exactly what order I notice things about someone, but I can tell you that I ALWAYS notice their jewelry.
I don't think that I'm looking at it to 'size them up' - I just love jewelry and enjoy seeing new designs. But if you're not wearing any jewelry, I will always notice that. I also notice my friends who never change their jewelry (What's up with that?!)
Sometimes it's a little uncomfortable, because I know I'm staring at your pendant or earrings - but you're probably wondering what the heck I'm looking at.
With most people, I will fess up and ask them about whatever jewelry has caught my eye. I love to hear stories about where a particular piece of jewelry has come from or who they got it from.
What's the point of all this? It's about finding inspiration. I know some people find their inspiration in nature, fashion, classic paintings or literature. But for me, I'm always looking at other designs to see what I like and what I don't. What could be changed, how it's made, what materials are used and on and on and on. When I'm feeling bold, I'll ask someone if I can snap a picture of their jewelry so I can remember it.
But it's not just people I meet. It's also in books, magazines, on television, shopping, online... Where ever I go, I'm almost always looking at jewelry for ideas. It's a bit of an obsession I guess.
My vast research poll seems to indicate the 5 people who read this blog also have a variety of ways of getting ideas for their jewelry designs. :)
I wish I could be one of those people who got my inspiration from the clouds, my garden, the color pattern in a pendant... but no such luck. I'm all about literal interpretation. Take an idea from here, an idea from there, try out a few things and batta-bing, there it is. With that in mind, you may be interested in reading a previous post of mine about finding inspiration and how to compile all of the stuff you see that you love into something that is uniquely you - instead of just a copy of someone else's work.