Jewelry artist Joan shares her lovely tips for naming handcrafted jewelry pieces. She says:
Finding names for each jewelry creation can be a daunting task. I choose names in several ways:
I may honor a friend by naming a piece of jewelry after her. Note: an unexpected by-product of this idea has even resulted in sales to the very people whose names I have used!
Sometimes I name a collection of similar pieces of jewelry with a friend’s name, and then each piece in that collection gets a number – ex: Lydia Collection: Lydia #1, Lydia #2, etc.
I will also derive names from the components of a jewelry item. Ex: If I make a bracelet that contains shells, pearls, beach glass, etc. I might name the piece “By the Sea”, or something related to the bracelet’s content.
Sometimes I choose a name that expresses how I feel about a piece of jewelry. Ex: I made a necklace that I thought was fabulous, so that’s what I named it: “Fabulous!”
I also use a Thesaurus, either the one on my computer or a book, and I will glance through it searching for words that best describe what I have just made. When I find the word I like, that becomes my jewelry item’s name.
Not just a number
I do not like to assign just numbers to my jewelry pieces, because I feel it’s too impersonal.
I make jewelry from my soul, and my soul is filled with wonderful images, words, and feelings.
That’s what I like the viewer or the purchaser of my pieces to see and understand!