This week I want to talk to you about ergonomics in jewelry design. As on other occasions, I like to consult various sources, in this case Wikipedia, although I do not always agree with the definitions they show. But this time the definition he makes about design seems very accurate to argue today’s post.
Design according to Wikipedia: …. “Etymologically derived from the Italian term disegno drawing, design, signare, signed” lo to come “, the future graphically represented vision of the future, what is done is the work, what is to be done is the project, the act of designing as a prefiguration is the previous process in the search for a solution or set of solutions. To capture the thought of the solution through sketches, drawings, sketches or diagrams drawn on any of the supports, during or after a process of observation of alternatives or investigation. The intuitive act of designing could be called creativity as an act of creation or innovation if the object does not exist, or is a modification of the existing, inspiration, abstraction, synthesis, ordering and transformation… ”.
It is true that, after reading the entire article (which I recommend) about Wikipedia design , some doubts, thoughts and with it reflections arise. So I wonder, I ask you. Do we agree with what we currently call designer jewelry?
I think it is a term that we use with relative frivolity. Unfortunately, it becomes simple buzzwords that anyone uses to define something that catches their eye. Without possibly considering if it fulfills other important concepts to take into account.
Ergonomics in jewelry
To design jewelry we must take into account important factors such as ergonomics, and this serves so that the jewelry can be worn comfortably.
The main objective of ergonomics is to improve the user’s quality of life and their coexistence with it, making them feel comfortable when using them.
Since we design jewelry so that they are part of the person who wears them, and that person can identify with it and wear them with satisfaction.
Ergonomic factors in jewelry:
Too often these aspects are not taken into account in designer jewelry.
These details do not have to limit our creativity. Nor do we become more conservative when creating our jewelry. You just have to keep them in mind and check these references when designing the jewelry.
According to Tomás Maldonado, (Argentine artist, industrial designer and theoretician, Buenos Aires, 1922) “ industrial design is a project activity that consists of determining the formal priorities of industrially produced objects . The shape’s mission is not only to achieve a high aesthetic level, but to make certain meanings evident and solve practical problems related to manufacture and use… ”.
To understand this theory a bit, I will try to explain it with several examples.
When we design a long hanging earring. We must bear in mind that the earlobe, when using very heavy earrings, tends to split through the hole in the earlobe itself. Therefore, the earrings should not be too heavy to avoid this.
If you look at women of a certain age, many have cracked lobes as a result of this detail. In short, because the jewelery designer did not take this aspect of ergonomics into account when designing his jewel.
Another common example in some types of rings, those called “XXL”, the length of the body of the ring at the bottom, is so wide that it prevents us from articulating the fingers, the latter being nailed between the phalanx and phalanx (second joint of our fingers)
However, we often see fantastic fashion shows, where “impossible jewels” appear, which do not take into account these factors of weight, size or comfort.
Another of the most frequent problems that I observe in designer jewelry are hooks. Both in pendants and brooches, rings or earrings.
On many occasions we see that our jewel can be broken by a hitch with clothes or hair. Even with a simple hug or greeting with another person. Although sometimes it can be due to a poor finish in the setting. By cutting edges or by pointed shapes that can be nailed in some area of the body.