Emerald green glass heart pendants or earrings

Just got a new supply of these gorgeous deep green crystal hearts – emerald green is such a great color. It’s flattering, much easier to wear than (say) olive green) – and of course right now it’s perfect. Great for Fall – and Christmas is coming 🙂

emerald glass heart pendants or earring jewels

These pretty heart pendants are lovely “as is”. Add a necklace chain and jump ring, and your necklace is ready to wear – feminine, sparkly, and Christmas-y! Or add leverback earwires and you’re good to go. The size here is terrific too – about 5/8″ wide, large enough to have presence (and I mentioned sparkle, right?) – but not so big that they’re too heavy for earrings.

If you’re making DIY jewelry for yourself, for gifts, or for sale – these emerald glass gems are fabulous. You’ll love them!

Amethyst crystals and glass gems

Amethyst always seems very rich to me – and that doesn’t mean just the gemstones. Amethyst crystals (as rhinestones are often called) – and amethyst glass stones, can be gorgeous without spending a fortune! And today I wanted to show off some restock amethyst and vintage stones I’ve got in my shop right now 🙂

amethyst crystals and glass gems available at weekendjewelry.com

These are fabulous as pendants or earrings “as is” – you really don’t have to add a lot of fussy details, these stones can carry a jewelry design beautifully! Or of course, pair them with your choice of beads, pearls, and crystals – make the design your own. .

And just saying – these crystals make great jewelry gifts. But you knew that already 🙂

Classic red earrings – DIY earring design idea

Red is a rich, vivid color, and it always makes your outfit a bit stronger. That’s just my opinion, but I’ll stand by it. These earrings are a great example of how you can combine jewelry components to make fabulous jewelry – and not have to spend a lot of time or money to do it.

faceted red glass octagons and teardrops are combined in this DIY earring design idea

Of course you can take this idea and customize the colors (and shapes too) – but the basic concept, pairing a strong color in complementary shapes – really works. And the red? Is perfect for fall – and Christmas is coming.

These would be great for gifts, for your holiday outfits – or just because 🙂

Halloween decor – a fun Halloween wreath!

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of summer, but the planet does keep moving whether we’re paying attention or not – and Fall isn’t far away. And that means Halloween is coming! I love Halloween – it’s kind of indulgent, it’s fun, you get to play dress-up – and it’s super cool when you can add a bit of Halloween decor to your house!

Now I’m not really a fan of orange and black at home. Just a personal thing. So when I found this fun Halloween wreath, in non-traditional colors, I was a happy camper! It’s got a skull: practically a requirement for Halloween. It’s also made with wonderful colors and a great artistic eye. Tres cool!

Halloween wreath available from WreathDesignsStudio on Etsy

The shop is WreathDesignsStudio on Etsy. I haven’t asked (yet) but it’s possible that Pam, the artist, could make a terrific wreath in your customizable colors. And either way, she’s got many different styles and combos already, go peek! I think you’ll fall in love just like I did.

You can check out her Whimsical Wreaths by Pam facebook page too – you’ll find some fabulous wreaths, and I have to add, some animal and pet pictures and stories that will totally melt your heart 🙂

P.S. And of course, Christmas is coming too… and wreaths are so appropriate (and a thoughtful gift too!) Might help to remember that – just saying!

Garnet glass gems for January birthday gifts

Just an FYI – garnet is the traditional birthstone for January. Garnets are not rare, but finding clean cut, non included garnets can be a challenge – and expensive. But the garnet rhinestones I have in my shop are beautifully faceted, versatile, and they’re super affordable too 🙂

These glass gems are wonderful for necklaces and earrings – and I’m almost always able to ship next day after you order, so there’s still time to get your January birthday present ready. Add your own creative touch, save money, and make a gift she’ll love. This is the way we like it!

P.S. I have a few more garnet rhinestones on the way – if there’s a style or shape you need and don’t see, drop me a note – I might have it already!

DIY earring design idea – crystal and black rhinestones

This is a really classic combination of faceted stones – sparkling crystal and faceted jet black stones. You could wear these earrings any time of year – and any time of day. But specially for evening chic!

DIY earring design idea featuring crystal oval rhinestones paired with faceted black teardrops

Wear them to show off a summer tan – wear them for Christmas. And did I mention New Year’s? Absolutely!

Black is always in style. Crystal sparkle, even more, and when the crystal is near your face, everything is just a bit brighter. This is of the good 🙂

You really can’t go wrong! Easy, affordable DIY earrings – great for you – great for gifts!

Blue zircon glass pendant

You know how I mentioned I was going to get in some more blue zircon glass jewels? Well here ya go 🙂

blue zircon glass pendant

blue zircon glass jewels avaiilable in my online jewelry supplies shop

I just got the pendants – and wanted to show you a few of the other blue zircon rhinestone jewels I have in my shop right now. Love the color!

and I decided the BOGO sale ought to go on a little longer. Call it an introductory special 🙂 So until midnight on September 16, 2018, you buy blue zircon glass jewels in my shop – you get a freebie. Just let me know which one you want as an equal-or-lesser-value freebie!

(Can you say “early and affordable Christmas gift shopping ideas”? Yes!)

Personalized DIY jewelry design ideas using birthstone colors

If you’re making a pair of earrings for a gift (or for sale) it’s really popular to personalize those earrings. A simple (and pretty!) way to do that is to incorporate birthstone colors into the earring design. Use the giftee’s birthstone color, or maybe combine the colors of her kids’ birthdays, or maybe his-and-her colors – for example, crystal for the April birthday girl, and emerald green to represent the guy’s May birthday – combine those two colors in her earrings!

That’s just one idea – there are so many combinations and colors that are beautiful together – and meaningful for the person who will be wearing the earrings 🙂

glass beads and jewels with birthstone colors for personalized DIY jewelry designs

I’m going to show some more ideas using birthstone colors – sometimes it helps to see color combos, and seeing one design or style can sometimes help spark a gazillion new ideas. Let’s have fun with this!

Brass Torque Bracelet

And what is a torque bracelet, you ask? Basically it’s an open wire bracelet, usually doesn’t have a clasp, and can be twisted or opened to slip it onto the wrist. No worrying about fastening a fussy clasp – these just slip on. It’s an ancient design (Celtic, I think) – in the modern world.

The ones I’ve got in my shop have screw-on ball ends… so you can add jewels or charms that are personal and special for your bestie, or your mom, or a customer… or yourself 🙂 Attach your charms with wire-wrapped loops, or sturdy jump rings. Unscrew the ball end, slip on your charms, and restore the ball end. Your charm won’t get lost!

brass torque bracelet with removeable ball ends

brass torque bracelet personalized with charms and jewels

That second pic shows one example of how you can personalize your bracelet. Choose favorite colors and charms, add as many multiples as you want, and you’re good to go. Easy peasy, and fun, and did I mention these are a great buy at just $1.69?

Just saying 🙂

Restocking black diamond glass beads – and they’re a great Gift for Mom!

These are actually one of my favorite “duo” jewel combinations. They aren’t “summery”, they aren’t just for winter – they are classic and year round and did I mention, they go with practically every color?

black diamond oval and crystal glass jewels or earring drops

Very useful when you just need to grab some earrings, put them on, and head out the door. And when you want something that’ll go with blue jeans or LBD.

And just in case you’re looking for that perfect gift for mom, that you can afford, that she’ll love? Problem solved: these will totally work!