DIY necklace design idea – pearls and crystals!

This do-it-yourself necklace design features “real” gems (freshwater pearl buttons) with faceted Swarovski crystal elements, and a gorgeous rhinestone oval pendant. I think the combination really works!

DIY necklace  design idea featuring white freshwater button pearls, Swarovski crystal elements and an aqua oval rhinestone pendant

The cluster of crystals at the top of the oval pendant adds a bit of complexity to the design – and offers a great way to personalize your design, using your customer’s favorite colors – or hey, the birthstone colors of you and your kids! This is YOUR necklace and your design. You make it the way you like it best!

If I can spark an idea or three, that’s super 🙂 Take this idea and run with it – creating your own special *and* affordable jewelry – that’s the goal!

Earring design idea using glass jewels and brass flowers :-)

This pretty earring design idea is another example of how you can combine two simple components into a great jewelry design 🙂

earring design idea featuring brass filigree flower connectors and 10x8mm rhinestone octagons... shown here in black diamond

earring design idea featuring brass filigree flower connectors and 10x8mm rhinestone octagons... shown here in ruby red


Add earwires or posts, a sturdy jump ring, and your earrings will be ready to wear! I show two different color jewels here – using custom colors is a simple way to personalize your design.

Easy, economical and pretty – this is the way it’s supposed to be 🙂

More clearance sale items!

Yes, i’ve added more clearance sale items to my shop! I love to share these. You guys great a great deal – and I sell a few items that I have in limited supply, or I can’t get more so I want to sell them now – or I just feel like having a sale. Or all of the above 🙂

clearance sale items available in my weekendjewelry1.etsy.com shop

Quantities on some of these really are limited (especially the coral pears) so don’t wait too long – but do remember to check back often, because I’ll be adding more goodies to the sale.

Happy hunting!

Necklace and earring designs – do it yourself and make it fabulous!

I just wanted to mention (okay, again) how easy it to make a gorgeous jewelry set – when you have coordinating or matching pendant and earring jewels. Yes, it’s “matchy” – but when you have carte blanche with your outfit, and maybe you got a little crazy with it, it’s good to have a single design motivation for your jewelry. Like these gorgeous rhinestone teardrops:

blue zircon rhinestone teardrop pendant and coordinating earring beads

Truly, you don’t need to do a lot to jazz it up. Just a slender silver chain, and silver earwires or leverbacks. Of course you can do more – add layers, turn the earrings into chandeliers, create a cluster to go with the pendant. Those are wonderful options. But so is the simplicity of a great design – teardrop earrings and necklace that match.

She’ll love it. You’ll love it. This is a win 🙂

Rainbow vitrail glass gems – customizable and on sale!

The color known as “vitrail” is otherwise known as “Rainbow” – which is a wonderful and appropriate name for the variety of colors that sparkle in these lovely teardrop gems. And in this “duo” multi stone setting, you can customize the tiny stone that complements the teardrop 🙂

rainbow vitrail teardrop glass gems with customized tiny stone colors

These really do work with a lot of different colors – which means if your outfit is mostly green, these will work. Mostly blue, or purple? These will work. Orange or pink? These will work. And added bonus – you can personalize the earrings (or pendants) with the tiny stone color of your choice – the ones shown here are just examples.

And for a few days, they’re on sale! From today through midnight on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, you can get a “buy two get one free” sale. Buy two pairs of these teardrops, and get another pair free. Or find another goodie in my shop that you’ll love.

Beautiful glass gems – plus a sale – this is a win/win!

DIY necklace design – perfect for bridal jewelry :-)

This do-it-yourself necklace design idea is a wonderful illustration of how simple concepts can be combined to make beautiful jewelry. And if your new creation is perfect for a bride – well that’s kind of wonderful, isn’t it?

Crystal jewelry is classic for brides, and this necklace features a large faceted oval crystal rhinestone combined with stainless steel cable chain. It’ll never tarnish (or need to be polished) – and as much as I love sterling silver, that’s a real plus, yknow?

crystal oval rhinestone necklace with multiple strands of stainless steel chain

Of course you will want to adapt this idea to your own creative style – and the individual tastes of your giftee, or customer. Personalized colors for your rhinestone? Check. Their choice of silver or gold or stainless, or perhaps antique bronze? Check. And there are countless permutations.

The basic idea is a super one – strong gorgeous focal pendant, and you add the personal details. Don’t spend a lot, either. This is DIY the way you want it to work!

DIY earring design with clear glass beads

Okay, clear glass jewels. Oops 🙂 (I get so used to using both terms when I’m talking with peers and customers, I tend to think “beads” as the overall category.) Anyway. I was really happy with this earring design idea – and as you can see, it’s made entirely with clear glass… rhinestone… stones. There, does that sound better?

DIY earring design idea featuring clear glass jewels in silver plated brass settings

Yes, I tried to get a good (read: flattering) pic of this design. And I used good lighting. But the sparkle in this pic isn’t just because of the lighting – I also tried to *not* intensify the shine. Clear glass, especially when it’s nicely faceted really does sparkle. It’s not a “loud” sparkle, but it shines!

And hey, clear glass: it goes with everything. And it flatters a bridal gown without being too bold. It’s just a nice trick to remember: clear jewels really make a great piece of jewelry!

DIY jewelry design ideas – and a BOGO sale!

Do it yourself jewelry design ideas – isn’t that one of the things you love to check out online? I know I do 🙂 Case in point – these sparkling, pretty, easy to use glass (rhinestone) teardrops that are customizable too!

glass gems in birthstone colors for May through August

The customizable part? You can choose the color of the tiny rhinestones at the top of the setting. Her birthstone color? Use that 🙂 She loves purple? Choose that! (Yes, there are other colors of the main teardrop stone available, too.)

But these? Gorgeous “as is” for a pendant or earrings. And right now I’m offering a BOGO sale! Buy one pair of these pretty jewels, and get your second item free! (Okay, equal or lesser value – but that covers most of my items!) Just place your order, and tell me what you want your freebie to be 🙂

The sale is good today (April 10, 2019) through midnight, April 12, 2019. So don’t wait!

Birthstones for DIY earring design ideas

You know that birthstones are always in style, right? The gemstones shown here are glass, not “precious” minerals – but they’re the right birthstone colors, and they’re really pretty. That kind of covers the important stuff, you know?

glass gems in birthstone colors for May through August

The birthstone colors shown here are:

May – emerald green
June – light amethyst, or alexandrite
July – ruby red
August – peridot green


I’ll post pics for other birthstone months, soon – but I wanted to show these off. You can so easily personalize your jewelry, your gifts, or your customer requests! Or – just something to consider in future – you can combine birthstones. Make a necklace or earrings that combine emerald for May, and September for sapphire – there are so many possibilities for DIY jewelry designs.

That look great. And don’t cost a fortune. And you can totally do it yourself. This is the way it’s supposed to work!

Stud earrings – DIY earring beads

You know that sparkling stud earrings are always in style, right? Sometimes you don’t want dangling earrings getting in the way – or you want to appear demure and shy. (Yeah, hey, it could be, right?)

Stud earring jewels (or button earrings, depending on who’s talking) are super popular in my shop right now – so I thought I would show you a few more new colors and shapes 🙂

glass jewels in no ring settings...great for button and stud earrings

These are well faceted, pretty glass “jewels” – super affordable compared to precious gemstones – and honestly? Unless you’ve got thousands to spend on one pair of earrings, these are going to be prettier!