The Importance of Watermarking Your Jewelry Photographs

Jewelry can be so easy to copy; some swindling entrepreneurs attend trade shows just to peep other designers’ works. Then, they decide how they can manufacture the designs with cheaper materials. Ultimately, they try to sell their knock-off pieces at lower prices.

Even worse, many consumers don’t understand the true value of diamonds, precious metals, and skilled craftsmanship, so they can’t comprehend why one skilled designer who sources high-quality materials charges so much more money than a shady pop-up shop that’s making the same style in base metal and glass stones.

The more time I spend on Instagram, the more I realize that many accounts simply steal photos from true jewelry designers’ accounts without giving proper attribution. Overall, I don’t support reposting content on Instagram – not only is reposted content boring, but it also demonstrates a lack of creativity. Even worse, when the original poster isn’t credited, the practice of reposting is downright despicable and ultimately won’t help the reposter’s reputation.

So how can you, as a talented and creative jewelry designer or retailer, ensure that no one steals your photos? Surely, you don’t have time to monitor who’s copying or ripping off your work. Well, you can watermark your photographs and/or make sure that your name or logo is incorporated into every image.

What’s a watermark? It’s an image or text on your photograph that deters other people from copying your photo and claiming it as their own. If you position the watermark effectively, someone will have to do more Photoshop work that it’s worth to remove a watermark.

Not only will a watermark protect your designs and beautiful photographs (though it’s not a foolproof method of protection), it will also build brand awareness. Your current followers and new potential customers who are discovering your website and/or social media accounts will begin to associate your images with your logo and name.

How can you add watermarks to your photos without ruining the integrity of your image?

  • Hire your original logo designer to create a watermark version of your logo and ask him or her to teach your how to add the watermark to your images. If you designed your own logo, read how to make a transparent version of it, which you’ll be able to add as a new layer to any image.
  • Download a watermarking app like iWatermark for iPhone and iPad or check out this list of the seven best watermark apps for Android.
  • If you don’t like the idea of adding a watermark to your images, consider posting photos of your jewelry alongside or in packaging that has your logo or name on it.

Have your images or designs ever been stolen by a shady jewelry-related social media account or even a cheap copy-cat manufacturer? What actions did you take to remedy the situation? Do you currently use watermarks or other identifiers in your images? Please share in the comments below.

Featured photo by John Goode

Boomerang and Instagram Video in Social Media Marketing for Jewelry

One of the most difficult aspects of photographing jewelry is capturing its “sparkle,” especially the brilliance, fire, and scintillation of a beautiful diamond. In the jewelry industry, sharing a beautiful product photo on your website or via your social media accounts is the most effective way to entice a customer who isn’t able to see your jewelry in person.

Product photography could well be the single most important design aspect of any e-commerce website. – Smashing Magazine

If you’re a jewelry designer or jewelry business owner who has ever tried photographing your jewelry yourself, without outsourcing it to a professional, you probably know that producing the perfect product photo requires ideal light, proper equipment, lots of trial and error, and more than a basic knowledge of Photoshop.

If you don’t have time to learn how to photograph jewelry, or you can’t afford to hire a jewelry photographer, don’t worry: you do have other options, especially when it comes to posting on Instagram.

What most people know about Instagram is that it’s a social media platform where users can share square-shaped photos altered with filters. Many jewelry brands have been very successful with sharing still photos on Instagram.

Check out #showmeyourrings for some examples of rings on Instagram.

But lately, I’ve been noticing that many jewelry brands are incorporating Boomerang and video into their regular, still Instagram postings. What are Boomerang and Instagram video, you ask? First, you should be aware that Instagram will, by default, display video “views” rather than “likes.” To see actual likes, just click the number of views for more information.

Boomerang: In late 2015, Instagram announced the launch of Boomerang, an app that allows users to create a one-second mini video from a quick burst of photos.

Below is an example of a Boomerang for a double-halo diamond engagement ring.

Check out the sparkle on this cushion-cut, double halo ring! How many heads do you think you’d turn?

A video posted by DIAMOND MANSION (@diamondmansion) on

Instagram video: In 2013, Instagram launched a video feature that allows users to post 15-second videos, which can then be altered with one of Instagram’s filters.

Below is an example of an Instagram video featuring multiple ring stacks.

Boomerang vs. Instagram Video

You might think that not much can happen in a second, but one second could be just the right amount of time to showcase a moment of sparkle.

Boomerang is a perfect choice when you want to capture polish, fire, or scintillation, and a still image isn’t doing your jewelry justice. When using Boomerang, you’ll find that the app’s photo bursts happen quickly, and you might need to do a few takes in order to achieve your desired effect.

What I like most about Instagram video is that 15 seconds can offer a potential customer a brief glance into how it might look and feel to wear your jewelry. Few people are likely to get bored in 15 seconds, so you’ll be able to pique viewers’ interest without losing their attention.

In one of my favorite examples of Instagram video used for jewelry marketing, jewelry brand Mark Broumand enlisted a hand model wearing a 3.56 carat double-halo oval engagement ring to visit Los Angeles restaurant and gourmet market Bottega Louie.

In the video below, you can see the model admiring a window display full of cakes and colorful macarons while wearing her show-stopping ring. To date, the video has received more than 55,000 views.

Do you already utilize Boomerang and Instagram video? If so, how do you decide when to use a still image or a video? If not, do you think your Instagram account would benefit from some moving images?