Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry Design
Custom Jewelry Designer and Maker in San Diego

Designing jewelry for film, TV & costume industry

Our Maker’s Blog is all about jewelry design, our research and making recreated jewelry for film, TV and costume industry.

Greta Garbo's Pendant | Jewelry Research at GIA

 
There wasn’t much to start with on this project, so we hit the books to figure it out.
— Kathleen

These are the images we started our project with. After watching the “Queen Christina a dozen times, hoping for a clear view of the pendant, which never happened. We decided to think like the costume designer.


We decided that we should be making something a Queen would wear - so we started our research with Swedish royal crowns.

Researching Historical Jewelry at GIA

Swedish Wedding Crown - Walters Art Gallery

Swedish Wedding Crown - Walters Art Gallery

Research is the corner stone to getting the design just right. We can find images from the internet, showing the multitude of possibilities. But when it comes to quality design and research you need to have the real thing not just a Pinterest board of related images.

GIA, has a fabulous library for jewelry design research. GIA better known as Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California, is a nonprofit gem research institute dedicated to protecting the public by providing education and objective, unbiased gem evaluations. The library staff was very helpful in our research.  For more information about GIA check their site: www.gia.edu

Once we had a design direction, we then focused on finding similar images. These historical resources were used to support our design concept. We then complied them into a creative story board, an essential tool in the design process.

Greta Garbo's' research

Greta Garbo's' research

Detailed close-up

Detailed close-up

Design Development:

After reviewing the photos and carefully studying the details we drew several options for the pendant design.

Since the resources we had were all in black & white, it took some time to figure out if the pendant was mainly gold or mainly silver. After careful consideration we decide to go with the silver.

Drawing number 6 - and this was not that last drawing!

Drawing number 6 - and this was not that last drawing!

Greta Garbo's design development number 9

Greta Garbo's design development for depth of design

Greta Garbo's design development for depth of design

Greta Garbo's research - reviewing finishes

Greta Garbo's research - reviewing finishes

Our next step was to create the component to make the pendant. That would require us to create all of the components in the design.