Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Boolean Math is Jewelry Inspiration

So for those of you who know me, you know that I teach recruiters how to find candidates online using deep web searching techniques.  I have the best job ever at AIRS and I would not change a single thing.  What you may not know is that I use those same techniques to find inspiration for jewelry.  Pinterest is great, but sometimes the same things keep getting repinned which doesn't do much for my creative juices. 

Instead, I'll usually run a quick Boolean image search in Google or Bing like the below to find like styles to inspire me like the one below.

(copper | 925 | sterling | silver) (forged | riveted | "cold connection") (jewelry | broach | necklace | earrings | bracelet | ring)

That being said, I do love looking at Pinterest.  Who am I kidding?  I can spend HOURS, but I prefer to apply my own Boolean logic to searching.  So, I edited it a bit... (copper | 925 | sterling | silver) (forged | riveted | "cold connection") (jewelry | broach | necklace | earrings | bracelet | ring)

Now I'm getting results only from Pinterest, but I was able to focus my keywords in Google much better than in Pinterest.  Not only am I able to find new feeds to follow, but I can quickly find some beautiful inspiration pieces that don't depend on Pinterest's algorithm.  Fab!

How do you find inspiration?

Incidentally, if you're interested in taking some AWESOME Boolean classes - take a look at our classes at our AIRS Training website.  Happy beading!


  1. Great tips Stephanie! I'll definitely be putting them into practise, thanks. I do love Pinterest but it would be great to refine my searches.

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