DIY necklace design – perfect for bridal jewelry :-)

This do-it-yourself necklace design idea is a wonderful illustration of how simple concepts can be combined to make beautiful jewelry. And if your new creation is perfect for a bride – well that’s kind of wonderful, isn’t it?

Crystal jewelry is classic for brides, and this necklace features a large faceted oval crystal rhinestone combined with stainless steel cable chain. It’ll never tarnish (or need to be polished) – and as much as I love sterling silver, that’s a real plus, yknow?

crystal oval rhinestone necklace with multiple strands of stainless steel chain

Of course you will want to adapt this idea to your own creative style – and the individual tastes of your giftee, or customer. Personalized colors for your rhinestone? Check. Their choice of silver or gold or stainless, or perhaps antique bronze? Check. And there are countless permutations.

The basic idea is a super one – strong gorgeous focal pendant, and you add the personal details. Don’t spend a lot, either. This is DIY the way you want it to work!

DIY earring design with clear glass beads

Okay, clear glass jewels. Oops 🙂 (I get so used to using both terms when I’m talking with peers and customers, I tend to think “beads” as the overall category.) Anyway. I was really happy with this earring design idea – and as you can see, it’s made entirely with clear glass… rhinestone… stones. There, does that sound better?

DIY earring design idea featuring clear glass jewels in silver plated brass settings

Yes, I tried to get a good (read: flattering) pic of this design. And I used good lighting. But the sparkle in this pic isn’t just because of the lighting – I also tried to *not* intensify the shine. Clear glass, especially when it’s nicely faceted really does sparkle. It’s not a “loud” sparkle, but it shines!

And hey, clear glass: it goes with everything. And it flatters a bridal gown without being too bold. It’s just a nice trick to remember: clear jewels really make a great piece of jewelry!

DIY jewelry design ideas – and a BOGO sale!

Do it yourself jewelry design ideas – isn’t that one of the things you love to check out online? I know I do 🙂 Case in point – these sparkling, pretty, easy to use glass (rhinestone) teardrops that are customizable too!

glass gems in birthstone colors for May through August

The customizable part? You can choose the color of the tiny rhinestones at the top of the setting. Her birthstone color? Use that 🙂 She loves purple? Choose that! (Yes, there are other colors of the main teardrop stone available, too.)

But these? Gorgeous “as is” for a pendant or earrings. And right now I’m offering a BOGO sale! Buy one pair of these pretty jewels, and get your second item free! (Okay, equal or lesser value – but that covers most of my items!) Just place your order, and tell me what you want your freebie to be 🙂

The sale is good today (April 10, 2019) through midnight, April 12, 2019. So don’t wait!

Birthstones for DIY earring design ideas

You know that birthstones are always in style, right? The gemstones shown here are glass, not “precious” minerals – but they’re the right birthstone colors, and they’re really pretty. That kind of covers the important stuff, you know?

glass gems in birthstone colors for May through August

The birthstone colors shown here are:

May – emerald green
June – light amethyst, or alexandrite
July – ruby red
August – peridot green


I’ll post pics for other birthstone months, soon – but I wanted to show these off. You can so easily personalize your jewelry, your gifts, or your customer requests! Or – just something to consider in future – you can combine birthstones. Make a necklace or earrings that combine emerald for May, and September for sapphire – there are so many possibilities for DIY jewelry designs.

That look great. And don’t cost a fortune. And you can totally do it yourself. This is the way it’s supposed to work!

Stud earrings – DIY earring beads

You know that sparkling stud earrings are always in style, right? Sometimes you don’t want dangling earrings getting in the way – or you want to appear demure and shy. (Yeah, hey, it could be, right?)

Stud earring jewels (or button earrings, depending on who’s talking) are super popular in my shop right now – so I thought I would show you a few more new colors and shapes 🙂

glass jewels in no ring settings...great for button and stud earrings

These are well faceted, pretty glass “jewels” – super affordable compared to precious gemstones – and honestly? Unless you’ve got thousands to spend on one pair of earrings, these are going to be prettier!

Clearance sale items – DIY jewelry supplies

I wanted to show off a few more of the items currently offered in my “Clearance Sale” section”. These are really lovely glass gems, and I have a fair number left. When they’re gone they’re gone, but right now the pickings are good!

items available in my Clearance Sale section

The amethyst octagons are my favorites – but that could change next week. Anyway it’s not the ones I like the best that matters; it’s the ones YOU like best. DIY jewelry supplies – on clearance sale – what’s not to love!

Emerald green DIY earrings idea

And yes, I thought of these colors because of St. Patrick’s Day 🙂 Though I have to admit, emerald (whether rhinestone or gemstone) is one of my fave colors! It’s flattering, it’s pretty much always in style, and if I happen to have red hair sometimes, well, you got me 🙂

emerald green and sapphire blue rhinestone octagons from my online jewelry supplies shop

Either way, emerald looks good! And combined with these smaller sapphire rhinestone octagons, you’ve got a smashing DIY earrings idea. Of course you’ll customize it with personalized colors, and your own creative touch. Go for it!

DIY necklace design idea – rhinestones and gems!

I just wanted to show you a DIY necklace design idea that combines ‘fine'(ish) jewelry components – with “just rhinestones”. The necklace chain here combines Bali sterling silver, freshwater pearls, and gemstone amethyst rondelles. The pendant is a faceted rhinestone (glass) teardrop in a silver plated setting.

DIY necklace design idea featuring a rhinestone teardrop with freshwater pearls and gemstone amethyst with sterling silver

Both the rhinestone teardrop – and the fancy necklace – look great. They complement each other beautifully. I just want to remind myself (and you too) that nothing is off the table! Use what you have. Combine metals – brass and sterling. Combine components – glass or rhinestones, and genuine stones and pearls.

If it looks good, if you like the combo, you can make it work. It’s YOUR design, it’s your necklace and your creation. It’s all good!

Vintage glass teardrops – DIY pendants and earring beads

I totally lucked out, I’ve been able to resupply these adorable vintage black glass teardrops! I was almost out and thought I wouldn’t be able to get them again. But my Secret Stash Supply Guys were able to find some more, woo hoo!

These are petite, 14x10mm (that’s approx. 5/8″ x 3/8″) – perfect when you want a strong neutral that has presence but not a lot of weight (so, comfy earrings!)

black vintage glass 14x10 rhinestone teardrop pendants or earring jewels

These are great used “as is” for earrings or pendants, but they’re also fab when paired with strong color. Turquoise beads handwired to dangle from your pendant? Great. Red rounds? Check.

You get the idea. Neutral, or colorful – these are so useful! And they’re in great shape for their age (from the packaging, I think 1950s). Practically instant Christmas gifts? Super wear-them-tonight earrings? You got it!

Brass filigree and enamel charms for DIY jewelry

I just restocked a couple of these pretty filigree charms – and wanted to point out how useful they are for your DIY jewelry – and of course, for your Christmas gifts too! Add pretty jewels or charms, and turn them into pendants or earrings with your own special creative touch.

brass filigree and alloy charms available in my shop

Of course there are more charms in my shop – and if there’s one you are searching for and don’t see, just drop me a note!