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 🙂

Clear glass gems bracelet

There’s a couple things about this bracelet I wanted to point out. First, these clear gems are so fun when you put them in golden brass settings. Suddenly you have sparkling golden gems (at a much lower price!) And the “cushion cut” faceted gem style works really well for bracelets – good faceting, and not too big or small. The squarish shape (really an octagon with gentle corners) is a classic gemstone cut for a reason 🙂

clear glass gem bracelet...a DIY jewelry design idea

The bracelet is easy to customize for size – first by varying the number of gems. You can add more small jump rings between each stone, for even more flexibility and subtle size differences. Also, as shown here, adding more (or less) large jump rings at the end make the clasp – and sizing – variable.

This style really works! And as an added incentive – you’ll love this one – the clear cushion cut gems in my shop are on clearance sale! I have quite a few, but still – when they’re gone, they’re gone – you might not want to wait too long.

clear cushion cut glass gems on clearance sale at etsy.com/shop/weekendjewelry1

Besides, since this bracelet can be personalized (size, style and color-wise) it’s a perfect gift for birthdays and Christmas. And hey, for yourself too 🙂

Crystal bridal necklace

This is a lovely bridal necklace – and it’s easy to make, affordable, and customizable of course 🙂

bridal necklace with crystal teardrops and brass filigree flower charm

The small teardrops here could be personalized with the color of your bridesmaid dresses – or any favorites. The filigree flower could be any ornament or charm that’s personal to you – there’s usually a good way to attach drops (and we can always brainstorm those ideas).

The thing is, you can do it – beautifully – and affordably – and make your wedding even more special and personal.

Love that idea!

P.S. Remind me to come back and talk about coordinating bridal earrings!

Bridal Jewelry for Fall Weddings

Did you know that September and October are fabulous months for weddings? Part of the attraction is that weather isn’t blistering hot – but also that wedding venues and honeymoon destinations can cost less, beginning sometime in September. It’s nice to have a beautiful wedding – and save money too 🙂

It’s cool to save money on your wedding jewelry, too. The earring designs show here are beautifully coordinated for the bride and her bridesmaids. The bridal earrings shown here have sparke – and they’re lightweight too, so they’re comfortable! Such an important plus on your wedding day.

lightweight bridal earrings featuring silver plated leaf charms and crystal rhinestones

And you could use the same idea – the silver leaf charms paired with round rhinestones – in a color that coordinates with your bridesmaid dresses 🙂 I show sapphire glass gems here – but you know what your color should be. Customize this idea for your bridesmaids!

bridesmaid  earrings featuring silver plated leaf charms and sapphire glass gems

And remember that “saving money and having a beautiful wedding” idea? Yeah, that works too 🙂

Black and white glass jewels – for great DIY jewelry!

If you want to make jewelry that is always going to be in style, black and white jewelry components are for you. They’re great in winter, fabulous in summer, look good with most colors, and are clean and modern. They work!

light colorado topaz teardrops paired with tiny rhinestones for DIY pendants and earrings

Any of these jewels would work on their own, “as is”, for easy and attractive pendants or earrings. Or combine them – black with white, both with one other color – you get the idea. Customize your jewelry and save money by doing it yourself. And your jewelry will look GOOD!

Customer favorite – Buy One Get One Free Sale

These “light colorado topaz” teardrops are one of the most popular jewels in my shop. They look festive year round but somehow around the holidays (and New Year’s!) they just specially work, you know? My customers love them. (And so do *their* customers!)

light colorado topaz teardrops paired with tiny rhinestones for DIY pendants and earrings

In this two-jewel “duo” setting, the topaz teardrops are paired up with tiny sparkling rhinestones – making it easy to customize them for earrings and pendants. Personalize your color choices!

And right now, they’re on sale! From today through midnight on Monday, August 12, when you buy one pair of these teardrops, you get the second pair free.

You’re going to love them!

How to make earrings – basics!

I thought, maybe once in a while we should show the absolute basics on how to make earrings. Like so many things, it’s easy once you know. But you might never have looked closely at the little connectors, etc, so it’s still a mystery. Well – now it won’t be. You can create some fabulous jewelry with this simple technique. (Or go as fancy and complicated as you want, that’s the beauty of it!)

DIY earrings how to tutorial picture

Add whatever extras and variations you like – you’ll love the customization – this is just the start 🙂

DIY earrings – save money – make gifts – or sell your jewelry!

Black diamond and crystal earrings design idea

And then you can go neutral – with style 🙂 This is not a “black and white” photo – this is a pic of neutral glass gems that have great presence!

black diamond glass gems with crystal rivoli stones for a great earring design idea

The ovals and rivoli round glass gems are black diamond (neutral gray) – and the smaller crystal rounds add sparkle. This is just a reminder that when you make your own earrings, you can create style and pizzazz – with subtlety!

DIY earrings that are easy to make, don’t cost a lot, and look great. Customize them for your friends or your customers – take this idea and make it your own!

Earring design idea for Fall

Do it yourself jewelry – yes you can do it! One of the best things about making your own jewelry for yourself, for gifts, and for customers is that you can create customized, personalized jewelry, for your giftee or your customer. Start with rich fall colors like these.

earring design idea featuring fuschia pink and blue zircon glass gems from weekendjewelry1 on etsy

And adapt this idea with your own favorite colors – or your customer’s. I just wanted to point out how powerful color is! These are statement earrings – a big hit for Fall.

Color is your friend – and your collaborator. Take this idea, run with it, and make it your own!