After talking with a friend, I thought the background might be too rustic and not in keeping with the jewelry so I using a white corrugated box lid, which made the jewelry stand out and added a bit of texture to the background.
I used this for quite awhile. The white background was easy to color correct for white. I started to want a change so I introduced some objects into the photos. I started with an aluminum tray liking the metal cold.
I then tried a white china plate in combination with the tray.
I was mindful not to make the background too busy but to add interest to the jewelry. I tried a piece of hardware cloth.
I looked around the house for other objects I could add. I found a vintage canning jar lid, once again liking the patina, age and color of the lid.
In the last month I have really tried to find other objects around the house to enhance these product shots. This was a metal milk bottle carrier.
I thought this ice chipper was such an interesting form it might be great for earrings.
These sticks, which were handles for lobster buoys and found on a Maine beach, have really worked out quite well and added a new dimension to the photos. I love the patina on them.
The last photo is my ever growing arsenal of objects to use in the photographs. Who knows what I will find tomorrow?