The use of negative space should be a consideration in jewelry design. When earrings hang from ears — suspended in space — how are they interacting with that space around them? How does the shape of a pendant appear against the backdrop of skin. Filigree, of course, a style that has appeared throughout the ages, is all about making shapes out of negative space.
Lorena Martinez-Neustadt brings negative space to a new level with her line of jewelry (available on Etsy in the shop Gemagenta).
The first two pieces below, designed to be two-dimensional renderings of three-dimensional things, like faceted stones, are so clever. Lorena made the wise choice to leave some of the piece undisturbed. Perhaps, to suggest a glare off of the stone or even just to let our imagination do some of the work. Either way, it strikes me as well-considered design element. In a way, by leaving some of it “blank,” she is using negative space in two ways. (Does that equal a positive?) Those little omissions are also what set Lorena’s “gem” pieces apart from some other similar concepts that have shown up in the mass produced market in the last few years.
Beyond these gem pieces, Lorena’s collection has a consistent use of negative space that feels fresh. I especially love these:
The designs are lacy, yet clean. Inspired by lace and lingerie without overdoing the concept. The pieces are flattering against the skin and appear to be very wearable.