Classic “Cushion Cut” Octagons – and a BOGO sale!

The term “cushion cut” for gemstones has been around for over 200 years – it’s a classic square octagon with rounded corners. In the first century jewelers used it, the cushion cut was more popular than round stones. Of course it was used for diamonds and other precious (expensive!) gemstones.

Today we’re lucky. We can have beautiful “cushion cut” faceted stones made of glass – and rather than the thousands of dollars that a classic cushion cut diamond could cost, these faceted rhinestones are available for only a few dollars. They’re pretty fabulous!

My pic here shows just a few of the colors I have available in cushion cut glass stones. Just click on the pic to see more in my shop!

some of the colors of cushion cut rhinestone jewels available in my Etsy shop...click through to see more

And just as a little added bonus, the cushion cut octagons in my shop are available in a BOGO sale – buy one pair, and you get a second pair of the same color for free! When you order, just remind me to send your second pair free. Or if you order two pairs, get two pairs free. You get the idea!

This sale lasts through midnight on Friday, January 21, 2022, and only while supplies last. So you might not want to wait. Just saying 😉

DIY Earrings Design with Aqua Glass Gems

Yes this earrings design features all the same color stones. It’s not my usual choice – but I think these aqua glass jewels are gorgeous together!

Actually there are tiny differences in the color – it’s subtle enough that it’s almost impossible to catch with the camera. Which tells me that people seeing your earrings wouldn’t see the difference either. But either way – very well coordinated color choices, or all the same color – these really work.

do it yourself jewelry design idea featuring three sizes and shapes of aqua glass jewels, all available in my Etsy shop

I know you’ll grab this idea and try your own variations – all crystal jewels, tiny to larger, or all the same shapes in different colors, or… well next time you send a note, you tell me! What combination of stones worked in your new earrings? I’d love to hear!

Sapphire Glass Pendant and Earrings – DIY Jewelry Set

Yes, I’m showing again that jewels that are the same color can make a fabulous jewelry set. ! Yes, I like to break my own “contrast is fun” color rules.

Really I just wanted to illustrate how easy it is to make a necklace and earrings set for gifts, for sale, or for yourself. It doesn’t have to cost a lot. And it looks pretty terrific!

sapphire glass pendant and earring jewels in a DIY jewelry set

Of course you’ll take this idea and introduce your own style, your own variations. Add beads, colors and shapes. Make it your own. You’ll love it!

New DIY Earrings Design Idea

You know I often (okay, really often) like to use more than one color in my earrings. I like to contrast colors and shapes, just because color is fun. But you also know that I like to break my own rules. A single color can have major design impact!

Case in point: these pretty black diamond earrings. Use two different shapes – today, I combined diamond shape and larger ovals – link them with jump rings – and voila! You’ve got fabulous earrings.

new earrings design idea featuring two shapes of faceted black diamond glass gems

And just a little bonus: order the ovals and you get the diamond shapes for free. Just send a note when you order! The offer’s good through next Wednesday, January 12, 2002. Try it – you’ll love these black diamond earrings!

Happy 2022 (and yes, a BOGO sale!)

It’s a new year – and we could all use a good, prosperous, peaceful (and fingers crossed, virus-free!) New Year. Let’s make that a goal as best we can 🙂

And with that in mind – well, a happy and prosperous new year – I’m starting 2022 off with a sale! Buy any two items in my shop (pairs of jewels, pendants, findings, charms, you name it) and get another item free!

sale on items in my online jewelry supplies shop

After you order any two items, just send me a convo on Etsy, or an email, and tell me what item you want for free! And if you buy four items, you get two freebies. You get the idea!

This sale lasts through midnight on Monday, January 10, 2022 (feels weird to write that number!) And it’s while supplies last, so you might want to take advantage.

Let’s have a great year. I’ll give it a good try – you too, y’hear?

Opaque Red Cabochon Stones for DIY necklace

I don’t often do “matching” stones in a necklace – I usually prefer variations in color, size, shape. But sometimes, stones that match can be fun!

cherry red glass cabochon stones available in my online jewelry supplies shop, etsy.com/shop/weekendjewelry1

Sometimes, just sometimes, you want the gorgeous texture and shape to be the same – to highlight the beautiful color. These vintage stones are fabulous!

Now honestly, this is a simple idea – use matching stones in two different sizes to make a terrific necklace. And also of course, you can use different colors, shapes, and textures – make the idea your own. That’s what makes DIY so fabulous!

Pink Glass Gems for Spring 2022

Just for a minute, let’s look past Christmas and think about next year. Next springtime. Warm weather and sunny skies. Hey, it’s a nice thought!

light rose pink glass gems for sale in my online jewelry supplies shop, etsy.com/shop/weekendjewelry1

Now of course the important thing is that these are lovely glass jewels – anytime. And maybe you like to think of gifts to make for next year, or earrings for you or your customers that aren’t meant for the holiday season. These gems are light and filled with sparkling facets and flattering color.

Click on the pic (it’s a link) – you might find the perfect shape and size glass gem you need!

Vintage Glass Pears or Teardrops – now available!

I love vintage glass jewels (note the name of this blog!) The quality tends to be high, and the fact that there is no additional manufacturing footprint just makes these gems more attractive.

vintage glass gems for sale in my online jewelry supplies shop, etsy.com/shop/weekendjewelry1

Honestly the only downside in my eyes is that these gems are often not re-orderable. I have a couple of very reliable suppliers of vintage jewelry supplies, and I love them – but they can only find what they can find. So if you have your eye on a particular style / color of vintage glass beads or gem in my shop, you might not to wait too long – they are available “as long as supplies last”.

As always, if there’s something particular you’re looking for – I might (still) have some – it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Great DIY jewelry – using vintage glass jewels – is the best!

Faceted Glass Jewels for Christmas gift ideas!

You know that jewelry is a lovely Christmas gift, for your mom, your bestie, your sisters. And of course, if you make your own jewelry, you give a very personal gift – and you save money!

red, green and sparkling crystal glass gems for Christmas jewelry

And it’s always fun when you use “traditional” Christmas colors for your DIY jewelry.

Red and green glass jewels are always appropriate for Christmas – and when you use faceted crystal alone or combined with colors, you get year-round sparkle!

Great DIY jewelry – great prices – this is super for do it yourself jewelry!

Neutral Glass Gem Earrings and a BOGO sale!

Here’s an example of totally neutral colors in a new earring design. These are classic shapes – rounds and octagons. The combination is classy, simple, and inexpensive. This works!

black diamond octagons and crystal round glass gems in a do it yourself earrings design

Really I just wanted to show that earrings don’t have to have bright colors to be fabulous. You could wear these all year round – with any color – and they’ll be a great addition to your outfit. Or your customer’s outfit. Just saying…

And these gems are on sale through Friday, November 26, 2021! Buy any pair of the black diamond 14x10mm octagons (in your choice of settings color) – and the crystal 10mm round gems are free. You just have to send a message and ask!

Great DIY earrings – and super sale prices – this is great do it yourself jewelry!