Tiny rhinestones – new color! BOGO sale :-)

Just got in new peach rhinestones – only have one pic so far but there will be more coming. It’s a darling color!

DIY earring design idea featuring amethyst vintage glass jewels and tiny peach rhinestones

These tiny peach stones are lovely in three-jewel connectors as shown – or anyplace we use a tiny (20ss, 4mm) faceted rhinestone. And this week (through August 10, 2018 at midnight) – any glass beads with two jewels (or three!) that you purchase with peach rhinestones? You can request a second pair for free 🙂

I figure that’s a nice way to introduce a new color – a BOGO freebie – and honestly? These are just lovely! (Did you say your mom’s birthday is coming up? Yes, you’re getting a good idea!)

Peach Glass Beads – spring color for DIY jewelry!

It’s a gray February day and I’m so looking forward to springtime! So these pretty peach diamond-shape rhinestones are looking extra special right now.

peach faceted diamond shape rhinestones

They’re great used “as is” for earring drops or small pendants. Or you can use them in two-ring settings as fabulous glass connectors. They’re lovely in either golden brass or silver settings, and the color is flattering for almost everybody. And they’re affordable. And did I mention pretty? (but you can see that for yourself.)

Easy to use and affordable DIY glass jewels. That’s what it’s about right now, yknow?

Prom Jewels – DIY earrings

This pair of rhinestone jewels is one of my absolute favorite choices for prom jewelry. They’re not just clear crystal (which is just a little too bridal). But they’re still light-color, girly, and sparkly. They’re large enough to have great presence but not so big that they’re uncomfortable. And the “light colorado topaz” teardrops are often called “champagne” color 🙂

golden tan or champagne or light colorado topaz rhinestone teardrops paired with tiny crystal rhinestones for great prom jewelry

And champagne strikes me as very prom-ish. Just saying!

(Do it yourself prom jewelry? Why not? You’ll look great, and you’ll save money, which means you’ll have more money for That. Gorgeous. Dress!)

Crystal AB glass beads, updated

I was talking about crystal AB glass beads recently (see post here and realized I hadn’t added my newest style! I am totally in love with these 🙂

crystal AB glass connector beads

They’re wonderful used with other AB beads – make dangling earrings by combining them with teardrops, for example. But they’are also wonderful with any tiny bead or pearl added to the bottom ring – lightweight and comfy and also totally adorable! I’m going to post some examples soon (stay tuned!)

The sparkle and tiny glints of color are so pretty!

Cushion cut glass beads (jewels)

I’m trying a little experiment over in my Etsy jewelry supplies shop. I’ve made a listing where you can pick any three pairs of “cushion cut” glass beads or jewels in one listing – and you get to choose the color(s).

cushion cut glass beads

I want to see, over say a month’s time, how many times people want three pairs of the same color, or all pastels, or all warm colors, or – well, you get the idea.

And of course I’m offering a little extra incentive – a sale price 🙂

That’s called a win for me, because I learn stuff (and maybe make a few extra sales), and a win for you the customer, because you get just what you want, and you get a really good deal. See? Win!

Crystal AB glass beads and jewels

When you hear someone referring to an “AB” finish on their beads, they’re talking about an “aurora borealis” coating. It’s a treatment that gives glints of many colors over what would otherwise be clear glass. I think it might have originated with Swarovski but by now, most reputable manufacturers have their own version.

crystal AB glass beads and jewels

Add just a bit of glam to your day – don’t spend a lot of money – you know the deal. Try it – I think you’ll like it 😉

Jonquil yellow glass jewels

And just a quick peek at some of the jonquil yellow glass cabochon jewels I’ve got in stock right now. Jonquil is such a lovely crystal!

jonquil yellow glass jewels and cabochons in my Etsy jewelry supplies store

There are a few I haven’t got listed yet, too – so if you’re looking for a particular size or shape, and don’t see it? Please do ask!

Amethyst and Jonquil – Purple and Yellow Glass Jewels

Now don’t get me wrong – I love fine gemstones. Amethyst and jonquil (or citrine) can be truly beautiful. But, you know, if they have good clarity and faceting (the way we love them) they’re also really expensive.

But we can find a lovely alternative, easy peasy 🙂

amethyst and jonquil... purple and yellow glass jewels

Good clarity? That’s what glass does! Good faceting? Just look: These glass gems (pointed back cabochons) have wonderful faceting. And history (some of these are 60 years old – of course, some are about 6 months old, too.)

Once I got over my snobbishness and realized how beautiful cabochons and glass jewels could be, I never looked back. These are gorgeous. And affordable. That’s a win.

Golden topaz glass jewels

Now these are fun! Pretty drops of golden glass in totally different shapes – combine them for a fab pair of earrings 🙂

golden topaz glass jewels in my Etsy shop

Yes, topaz is sometimes considered a “Fall” color – I guess because it’s the November birthstone. But it’s wonderful for Spring. Sunshine, longer days, golden yellow – these are light-filled summertime images for me.

Affordable pretty color – love it!

Crystal bridal necklace design

This is a design I love – and my customers have been pretty happy with it too 🙂 These crystal (glass) octagons are pointed back cabochons, glass jewels that measure 14mm x 10mm (approx. 5/8″ x 3/8″). They’re well faceted, sparkly, and feminine.

crystal octagon silver necklace

And here’s the even-cooler part. Take this same basic design, and instead of adding silver(y) chain, attach a clasp.

crystal octagon silver bracelet

And presto, you’ve got a gorgeous bracelet! Hint: try this. When you’re making the necklace, instead of adding the chain to the octagons with a jump ring – use spring rings instead. Made that way, you can attach the chain to the jump rings anytime you want to wear your necklace. Or you can leave the chain off, clasp the spring rings *to each other*, and wear your octagons as a bracelet! (I’ll do up a pic soon and add it here.)

Double sparkly goodness for your prom, your Saturday night date… or your wedding. Win!