Today’s rendering is a simple one done on vellum paper with colored pencil and gouache:

Colored pencil and gouache drawing of gold, diamond and champagne diamond tassle earring by Joana Miranda
Colored Pencil and Gouache Gold, Champagne Diamond, and Diamond Tassle Earring by Joana Miranda

I’m tackling photographing my jewelry again.  Since I learned a bunch of interesting tips recently from the professional photographer who photographed my pieces for the business grant, I’m now trying to put those new ideas to use.

One very important tip for those of you photographing and saving photos (and scans) to your computer –

Make sure you save your initial files as .tif files (tagged image files) and not as .jpeg files.  The .tif files preserve the original number of pixels, while saving (and resaving) pictures as .jpeg files causes the loss of pixels and eventually, over time, the possible loss of the picture itself.  Once you have a picture saved as a .tif file, you can rename it, resize it and save it for use on the web or for emailing purposes as a .jpeg file.  Just be sure to hold on to your original file in the .tif format!

Questions?  Contact me and I’ll be happy to help out.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting another Empire Building Kit update (week 3)…where is the time going?!

Be happy.  Be well.


  1. Glaudius says:

    Hey Joana
    Just discovered your blog. Not many jewelry design blogs out there. not many that I found anyway. Great designs. Thanks a bunch

    • Joana says:

      Hi Glaudius,

      Thanks so much for your nice comments about my jewelry designs and my blog! I hope you’ll visit again soon!
      With all best wishes,

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