January birthstone color is Garnet

And if you have a birthday girl in January, you might want to know that you can get lovely, affordable, rhinestone garnet jewels for fabulous earrings – just for example, like these:

garnet rhinestone pear jewels combined with rhinestone connectors for a great DIY earring design idea

Of course there are lots of different styles – and color combinations – you could invent (and I know you’re thinking of some of them already!) This design idea is just a starting place 🙂

Garnet rhinestones for January birthday gifts – a great DIY earring design idea to spark your creative juices – this is a great way to start the year!

DIY earring design idea – glass jewels and brass charms

And this is another example of how you can easily combine brass charms – in this case, tiny golden brass acorn charms – with glass jewels. Voila! A DIY earring design idea which of course you are welcome to use – and adapt to your own sense of style.

DIY earring design idea with tiny brass acorn charms and golden tan rhinestone jewels

I’ll try to remember to make this into an actual pair of earrings, not just a design “sketch” – so you can see that these components are tiny. The earrings would be delicate – and small – and of course totally lightweight and comfortable.

And pretty, and affordable. Don’t want to forget that part 🙂

Take this jewelry design idea and adapt it – that’s the fun part!

Brass filigree flowers and topaz teardrops

The “topaz teardrops” in the title are actually the color known as “light colorado topaz” – it’s a gentle golden tan. I just wanted to show another example of how well these brass filigree flowers work, when paired with rhinestone teardrops, to make a fabulous pair of earrings!

brass filigree flowers paired with light colorado topaz rhinestone teardrops ...to make terrific DIY earrings

These would totally work year-round. Imagine with your fave swimsuit! Or on New Year’s Eve. Or anywhere in between.

Easy to make – just add jump rings and earwires. Or make them more intricate in your own special design. This is the way DIY jewelry is supposed to work: simple to create, affordable – and beautiful 🙂

Rhinestone teardrops and brass filigree

Rhinestone teardrop jewels, and brass filigree charms or connectors – these are two of the most popular jewelry components today. Combine them and you’ve got some lovely, easy to make, DIY jewelry 🙂

Take a look at this sample jewelry design idea:

Jewelry design idea featuring emerald green rhinestone earring jewels paired with brass filigree flower connectors

Of course this basic idea can be adapted in all sorts of ways. Customize with birthstone color glass jewels (inexpensive but gorgeous!) Or change the filigree connectors for a different style or color. The thing is, you can make it totally your design – and still have easy to make, inexpensive DIY earrings or pendants.

Just in time for Christmas gifts!

Red and orange glass teardrops – gorgeous DIY earrings!

A customer recently requested this unusual combination of colors – and I hope my pics have conveyed a little bit of the beauty, because they looked fabulous together! Vivid red and orange (hyacinth orange, to use the exact rhinestone name) aren’t usually used together, so that’s fine. But sometimes we like doing the unexpected, you know what I mean?

red glass teardrops and orange tiny rhinestones...gorgeous rhinestone earrings or pendants

Of course what’s wonderful about these “multi stone” or “duo” settings is that you can choose the colors you like best. Tiny crystal rhinestones are gorgeous with the red teardrops. Or use emerald green and get ready for Christmas 🙂

“Choose your color” is the theme here. Just don’t worry about trying new combos!

Personalized DIY Jewelry in Spring 2017 Colors

This is really just a reminder that it’s fun to mix colors and shapes when you create your own jewelry, or make jewelry for sale or for gifts. Adding a bit of whimsy just makes the pieces more interesting. Case in point, a simple example:

glass jewels in pretty Spring 2017 colors - new color combinations

And the “personalized” part? You can choose your favorite colors. Or your birthstone colors combined with your boyfriend’s. Or make a gift for your mom using the birthstone colors of you and your siblings. If you don’t see the colors you need in my jewelry supplies shop, just ask – I’ve almost always got more jewels (and colors) than I’ve had a chance to list!

You see what I mean, anyway – play with new shapes and color combos. It’s fun, it’s inexpensive, and it’s cute!

Easy DIY earring designs

Sometimes easy is what it’s all about. Take these vintage glass beads (rhinestone jewels) and brass charms, for example:

golden brass leaf charms and amethyst vintage glass jewels in my online jewelry supplies shop

You can see how pretty they are together. Use a jump ring to link them, add earwires, and you’re good to go! Sometimes intricate is wonderful. Sometimes you don’t want to bother. But you still want to look great.

These look great 🙂

Birthstone necklace idea – a gift for Mom

And here’s another idea – a necklace design that could incorporate birthstone colors. Of course this is just one possible style – but sometimes it’s fun to look at designs!

design for Mothers Day necklace using birthstone colors

This particular design features a large teardrop-shaped focal pendant in aqua, the birthstone color for March; as well as round rivoli-faceted jewels in crystal (crystal or diamond is the birthstone for April), more aqua blue, and bright red – ruby or siam red is the birthstone color for July.

Obviously you’ll want to customize these colors for your own mom’s necklace – with the shapes and very personal colors of your own design 🙂

Peridot green glass octagon pendant

You remember when I said (okay, more than once) that simple is sometimes best? Take a look at this pretty octagon jewel, just as an example 🙂

peridot green glass octagon pendant jewel

These are vintage pendants and I only have a few – but even new ones are good, I’m not biased toward vintage (much).
This is what “I need it now” DIY jewelry is about, you know? You have a simple silver or golden chain. Find a jewel like this, attach a jump ring, and slip it on the chain. Presto: gorgeous pendant in a wonderful color. It doesn’t get much easier.

And it will look great. Seriously 🙂

Clear glass cabochon jewels

I wanted to point out a little concept that you’ve thought of lots of times – when you’re looking at your wardrobe. It’s true with jewelry too. Have one basic neutral, and you can add lots of different colors – no, not all at once! (well…. hmmmm….)

But not right now. Right now I wanted to show you a quick idea. A clear jewel – no color at all – just a bit of sparkle. Add a bit of color. Voila: new combo.

clear glass gems combined with light colorado topaz... neutral party jewels

These are really pretty together. And would be great for the holidays – night or day. They’d complement your outfit, without shouting (you’ll try other combos, for that). And they’ll look good.

Buy, or scrounge, or thrift, or swap, so you’ve got a few neutral bases (like these clear teardrops) – then add fun little bits to them. Instant jewelry wardrobe for not much money or work.

This is a win 🙂