Greta Garbo's Pendant | Jewelry Research at GIA
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.
Researching Historical Jewelry
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.
After reviewing the photos and carefully studying the details we drew several options for the pendant design.
Our next step was to create the component to make the pendant. We decided to make it from scratch!