Saturday, April 26, 2014

How I Photo Jewelry for Ebay

      Well, it's been a busy last three weeks listing my backlog of vintage jewelry on my Ebay store.  My goal was to get it all done by the end of this month, and I've listed around 250 pieces in the process.  They have been selling like hotcakes, too! That's a good thing, since it took a lot of time to get them done.  I thought I'd share a few things I do when listing jewelry.  First of all, you really must have a good Macro lens camera.  Mine is a fairly old Olympus point and shoot, but it has a fabulous capability for taking very close shots of tiny areas such as the signature of a designer or the sterling silver content on the back of a piece.  

 Or the tiny photos inside an antique locket... 
      I try to get good light on the jewelry by setting a table in front of a window.  You want indirect light; never in the sun.  If the photos still come out too dark they can be lightened after you download them into your Photoshop or Lightroom.  Sweetface also set mine up so my store name watermark is on each photo.  Another trick for adding light is to set a piece of white paper behind the item to reflect light. A last resort, for me, is to use artificial lights; they always cast a bad color compared to natural light even with my professional lightbulbs. 
      One prop I use is a clear plastic flat stand to lay jewelry on. 
 It lets the light come through from the bottom
 or behind to show off the colored stones.


       Use nice mannekins if you can find them to display jewelry. 
 I have a hand which I use to display bracelets.   
I have a head mannequin with a pretty neck. 
I use the head for photos of hats, and her neck for necklaces. 

 Take photos of the front, the back, and even the side of each necklace,
 along with close ups of the beads and the clasp. 

      I also have a selection of scrapbooking paper to use 
 for backgrounds in different colors.  This grey highlights  
light  pieces without making everything dark like a black
background would.
Or use folded up paper to hang earrings with French wires.
Corrugated cardboard is a perfect backdrop for some pieces.
Lots of texture is good. 
Or just poke holes through a piece of paper to insert post earrings.
My favorite background to use for some jewelry
 is a piece of antique music. 
Another good way to photo jewelry is from a side angle.
It is much more dramatic.
Or draped over your hand to show the way it drapes, or as a size comparison.
And sometimes I just bunch up the beads closely and take a
 close up  so you can see how scrumptious they are. 
I'm afraid I have made this post too long.
I will talk about my jewelry cleaning process next time.
But I do so enjoy playing with vintage jewelry.
One odd thing is that I also listed some of my own hand re-made pieces
 without mentioning that they were my own and they have sold,
unlike those in my Etsy shop. That's odd, I think! 
I guess it just shows that Ebay is a better place to sell
--at least if you are brand new to Etsy.


  1. I enjoyed your post!
    I could see the jewelry pieces so well!
    You have some fabulous pieces.
    God Bless!

  2. Thank you, Annie. I really do enjoy taking these photos!

  3. I've stayed away from jewelry because I have such a tough time photographing it. I learned a lot from this post. Your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. That's great. Yes, as with anything on Ebay, the better the photos, the better the sales. People want to see well what they purchase.

  4. I have never seen a step by step like this post. It really does look professional. Love the blog.

    1. I appreciate the kind comments. I do hope it was helpful.