Behind The Design

Behind The Design

A step by step guide of how Sierra Winter Jewelry gets from my brain to your arms, wrists necks, and ears!

 Over the last two years, I've had a lot of people ask me how I design my jewelry. 'Do I make every piece by hand?' 'Do you buy premade components and put things together?' etc. I wanted to write a blog post about how I design and what that process looks like. So here you go! 


Step 1:

PLANNING!

Figure out what is missing from the line and what price points and silhouettes need to be added. 

I call this part the mullet... business in the front, party in the back 

 Fall Winter 2018 Planning Boards

Fall Winter 2018 Planning Boards


Step 2: 

GATHER INSPIRATION!

I look at magazines, global textiles, ancient jewelry, and fashion trends when I am doing research for new pieces.

 Original inspiration for  Warrior  Pieces, Read more about these  HERE

Original inspiration for Warrior Pieces, Read more about these HERE


Step 3: 

GET SUPER SKETCHY!

Sketch, sketch, and sketch some more. I get as many ideas as possible on to paper. There are usually hundreds of sketches per collection. 

Sketches.jpg

Step 4: 

REFINE!

Refine sketches and narrow down key styles and silhouettes.

Draw out to scale renderings including front views, side views, and color mapped drawings and send to suppliers. 

(This is my favorite part. Nothing is more therapeutic to me than drawing!)

 This was a photoshoot for  Herlife Magazine  August 2017 Issue, of me at my design table. 

This was a photoshoot for Herlife Magazine August 2017 Issue, of me at my design table. 


Step 5:

SAMPLE!

Based on my drawings, my suppliers then make wax models, molds, and samples to send me for approval. 

Pictured below are the wax models and molds for production. 

(This part feels like Christmas every time!) 


Step 6: 

MORE MULLET'Y STUFF!

Negotiate costs, modify or approve samples, and then proceed to production! 

Once production arrives, then we photograph, update the website, and then they are available to order. 


Step 7: 

DAMN GIRL!

You wear it and look beautiful! 

We love seeing your fine ass rock our jewels, so be sure to tag us!  @sierrawinterjewelry


I think its important for everyone to know that this business is a one woman show (me) with a bossy toddler calling most of the shots. Somehow, we manage to keep brining you high quality jewelry a couple times a year and cant wait for you to see the Fall Winter 2018 collection coming out in September! 

Peace and Love, 

-Sierra … and her bossy toddler.