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ODDS or EVENS…What’s your Preference?

Posted by learntobead on August 9, 2013

What’s Your Preference?


Sometimes, jewelry must conform to a type of numerology – odds or evens or multiples of some number, like the number 3 – related to the numbers of beads or the numbers of strands or the numbers of drops.


Do you have a personal preference for ODDS or EVENS?     Such as,
— The number of strands in a necklace or bracelet?
— Or the number of bangle bracelets you wear on one arm?
— Or the number of beads you use to begin a peyote stitch project?
— Or the number of drops you include in your piece, or dangles you include in an earring?
— Or the number of colors or elements repeated in a pattern or jewelry segment?


Is this ODDS/EVENS preference consistent all the time?


Or is it situational?  That is, in certain circumstances you prefer ODDS, and in others, EVENS.


Is there any experiential, aesthetic or hypothetical basis for your preferences?


If you have a preference for one over the other, has does that affect your design process?


Do you get more compliments, when you are wearing one- or three-strand necklaces, than when you are wearing a two-strand necklace?






Historically in Europe, it was considered bad luck and inappropriate to have an EVEN number of strands in a necklace.     If you had a very long necklace that you would occasionally wrap around your neck multiple times, then it had to be long enough so that you could wrap it around an ODD number of times – such as tripled, never doubled.    Even today, in etiquette books, such as “Miss Manners”, the rule is “Always Wear Odd Numbers of Strands of Pearls.”    No explanation is given.


Russians even believe that you should never give an even number of flowers to your wife or girlfriend!


In ancient Babylon, even numbers were believed to be unlucky and somewhat demonic.    To them, something should never be repeated an even number of times.




An ODD number of beads lets you define a specific center and focus.   Cognitively we prefer things with clear pointers and with clear symmetry.


But we also like balance and harmony and things to be distributed EVENLY.




Where do you come down in this ODDS vs. EVENS debate?



2 Responses to “ODDS or EVENS…What’s your Preference?”

  1. e1aine said

    Odds. Definitely. Though I’ve never known why, perhaps I’ve been affected by the superstitions without realising.

  2. Jennifer said

    You know what. I’ve never thought of this. I like certain styles but have not taken notice as to whether they are odd or even. I am making asymmetrical items at the moment – not sure where they fit in the system.
    Im thinking I must be a situational type. For traditional things symmetry and ‘even’-ness is key where as casual things can be odds or evens so long as it works.

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