DIY necklace design – classic and simple

Here’s a great example of how a classic design can make a beautiful piece of jewelry. Yes, it’s fun and often gorgeous to use intricate, complex designs. But clean-lined simplicity works beautifully too!

DIY necklace design with vitrail teardrop pendant

See what I mean? When the centerpiece – your focal jewel – is as pretty as this one, you don’t need to fuss. This doesn’t take a lot of work, and you don’t have to spend tons of money. Pick the color(s) you like best, use a simple chain, and voila: a beautiful necklace. That’s one of the joys of do it yourself jewelry!

DIY Earring Design Idea (and an extra gift!)

I’m just loving the combo of delicate colors with crystal rhinestone jewels – they look like Spring to me, and they’re so easy to wear – flattering and girly. See what you think of this DIY earring design idea!

DIY earring design idea with crystal rivoli rhinestones and sheer light amethyst teardrops

The jewels are small(ish), so this combo is lightweight and comfortable. I sketched it with golden settings but of course silver (silver plated brass settings, made in the USA, and they’re real quality) would work too. I’m just liking the golden brass color for Springtime….

Light amethyst purple, sparkling crystal, and a touch of golden brass. Doesn’t that sound like a pretty combo? Take the idea and run with it – make it your own – that’s what DIY is all about 🙂

(And mention this blog post if you go to buy these components – you’ll get an extra gift!)

DIY necklace design – classic octagon necklace

This really is a classic design – adapted for the gorgeous colors and strong shapes of these rhinestone octagon jewels. You don’t need a lot of fuss – you do need components that will carry your design beautifully.

vivid sapphire blue and emerald green octagons necklace design idea

Like these! The style is simple – strong faceted glass gems, in a repeated design. But the color and size of these jewels make it much more than “minimalist”. And of course you can take this idea and run with it.

That’s what DIY jewelry is all about – your own creative design, affordable components, personalized colors and style. And making exactly what you want!

DIY earring design – brass filigree with colorful beads

This is one of my favorite ideas when I make jewelry for myself (or for customers): use a lot of color. Play with new combinations, shapes, and materials. Don’t spend a fortune. Have FUN with these DIY jewelry designs!

DIY earring design with colorful glass beads

The link is to the rhinestone beads and jewels in my shop, because these affordable faceted glass gems are the cornerstone of a lot of beautiful jewelry designs. I’ve got a lot of colors and shapes – and if there’s something you’re looking for and can’t find, please drop me a note. I might have some stashed (or know where you can find some)!

I’m going to be trying a lot of fun new designs – and I’ll show them here, to maybe spark an idea or three among you all. If you think of a fun new combo, maybe you could send a pic and share?

That’s half the fun right there! Saving money, fun new designs and colors – and sharing 🙂

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, cute little golden brass acorn charms – with glass jewels. Easy peasy – a DIY earring design idea that you can use, or adapt, or add your own special creative touch 🙂

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

I these these are really cute just “as is” – but I specially like them because they’re small(ish) and lightweight and would be so comfy.

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