Sheer Rhinestone Glass Jewels

I’m loving sheer glass jewels more than ever these days. The colors are a bit softer, but vivid – and they shine through the settings beautifully. They don’t need the harder edge that foil backing gives the facets. Yes there are times we want that strong sparkle – but you know? Sometimes pure color just really works 🙂

colorful sheer glass beads available in my online jewelry supplies shop

Aren’t they pretty? You don’t need to fuss a lot with these. Add basic findings – earwires, or chain and clasp – and you’ve got a fabulous piece of jewelry. You don’t have to spend a lot of money – and your DIY jewelry will look fabulous 🙂

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!

Pretty Easter jewelry

Springtime and Easter are celebrations we love! Around here, Easter is all about spending time with family and friends, going to church, hosting family dinners – and yes, maybe showing off some new spring clothes. And jewelry. And if that new jewelry is pretty, and doesn’t cost a lot, that’s a good thing too 🙂

These delicate “duo” earrings are wonderful for Easter!

peridot green and pink rhinestone jewels for Easter earrings

peridot green and pink rhinestone jewels for Easter earrings

Another fun thing about these earring jewels is that you can choose the color of that tiny stone at the top of the setting – so you can really customize them to match your outfit. Just a little added plus 🙂

PS Did I mention? The peridot glass octagons are vintage rhinestones – to me that makes them even more special!

White bridal jewels – and a free gift with purchase

Okay, these are two good things: a pretty earring design idea using white bridal jewels. And, a free gift with purchase. What’s not to love?

The bridal jewels are traditional – with a twist. They are classic modern shapes (that are also pretty, and flattering) – but the white teardrops shown here were made in post-war Japan! That’s post World War II Japan – we’re going back a ways! And they’re in wonderful shape. The “white opal” glass octagons shown here aren’t quite as old – they’re from the late 1950s. So – “something old” here – but so fresh and pretty!

white vintage glass jewels for a DIY bridal earrings design

And! The “free gift with purchase” thing? Buy these components for your wedding jewels (or for a bride you know, or a bridal customer) – and you get a free gift of another pair of white glass jewels, your choice (subject to availiability). This is a limited time offer (till May 1, 2018) so you probably won’t want to wait too long!

Bridal jewels that are gorgeous – and affordable. And a free gift. Like I said – what’s not to love?

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 🙂

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?

Amethyst purple glass jewels – February birthstone

And this is just a peek at some of the amethyst purple glass and rhinestone jewels I have available in my shop right now. Using birthstone colors is one of the easiest ways to customize your jewelry items. Just, you know, mentioning that 🙂

amethyst glass jewels and rhinestones available in my online shop

I’ll be posting a few DIY jewelry design ideas – and some special Deals of the Day – with amethyst in mind. Stay tuned!

(And if you’re in a hurry, send me a note and ask about my Buy One Get One Free offer for next week!)(Seriously!)

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!)