This project began as a quest for innovative ways of wearing ear ornaments which led to the development of the ‘Handshake Hoop Collection’. Exploring existing ear wearables and building further on them, the intention was to devise mechanisms that would solve existing usability problems and create a collection of earrings using a resolved mechanism. The process began with user research to understand the issues with existing mechanisms and a market study to understand the Indian jewellery trends. With data gathered from primary and secondary research, the project moved into an exploratory phase which involved extensive sketching and prototyping. The designs were scrutinised through multiple rounds of reviews, considering many factors such as target market, consumer mindset, and the risk factors of implementing a new mechanism, feasibility etc. A thirteen piece collection of the Handshake Hoop mechanism with new ways of fastening earrings was designed. Instead of being restricted to a jewellery design project, the whole experience of the project unfolded into function-based research.
Keywords: diamond jewellery, earring mechanism, handshake hoops, jewellery design, product innovation