The Collective Consciousness of Jewelry Making

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Collective Consciousness of Jewelry Making

You know what’s worse than discovering someone out there is selling jewelry almost identical to yours? Finding out they’ve been doing it longer than you. 

Just goes to show that more than one person can come up with the same idea. 

Sometimes people think in similar ways.  It just happens.

There’s a thing called “multiple discovery” that is described as: “… the hypothesis that most scientific discoveries and inventions are made independently and more or less simultaneously by multiple scientists and inventors”. 

I would think all forms of art would work in the same way. 

BTW, I’m not talking about stealing or copying ideas. I’m talking about two people who just happen to create remarkably similar designs.  I'm assuming it's more likely with less complex designs but it sure as heck happens with simple designs a lot.

I think it can happen randomly (just happen) and I think it can happen subconsciously (you get an idea seemingly from nowhere but in truth it could be inspired by something you saw months or years ago that you’ve forgotten about). 

Don’t wig out. This has been happening since the beginning of people. 

My best advice is that if you have an idea, implement it without delay.  It could behoove you to be the first or one of the first to get it out into the world before the other people who come up with the same idea do. 


Collective Conscious

It is my belief that "multiple discovery" comes about - even from separate and far corners of the world - because humans are moving at a relatively similar pace in evolution esp WRT technology, medicine etc (I will ignore prehistoric man here). This phenomenon is FAR more accelerated now that we have any information we need at our finger tips. I once read that there are no new ideas. None (which seems sad and pessimistic). So just design what makes you happy and know it comes from your heart. Period. Find your groove and if it looks like something else in the world know it came from YOU.

PS. I noticed if I am working on something that I have seen before, or was taught (in any creative pursuit such as jewelry or painting or anything), it comes out uniquely mine every time anyway.

Reply to Rebecca

Yes! And you are so right about how "even if I try to copy something it usually comes out unrecognizably different" :-)

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