Peridot green glass octagon pendant

You remember when I said (okay, more than once) that simple is sometimes best? Take a look at this pretty octagon jewel, just as an example 🙂

peridot green glass octagon pendant jewel

These are vintage pendants and I only have a few – but even new ones are good, I’m not biased toward vintage (much).
This is what “I need it now” DIY jewelry is about, you know? You have a simple silver or golden chain. Find a jewel like this, attach a jump ring, and slip it on the chain. Presto: gorgeous pendant in a wonderful color. It doesn’t get much easier.

And it will look great. Seriously 🙂

Vivid red glass beads

I don’t even have to explain why I’m featuring these. Just look. Faceted red glass jewels. Sheer and vivid. Gorgeous.

red glass oval pointed back cabochon gems

Slip on a jump ring, add a chain. Instant fabulous necklace. Or add earwires: you’re done. They’ll be smashing with your new dress, for Christmas, or with your jeans. That’s the kind of jewelry you want (or want to sell!) Classy, vivid, easy, affordable.

DIY? Oh yeah.

Simple Glass Cabochons

And sometimes, simple will do. Sometimes simple is BEST. For example, an opaque, round glass stud earring. Classic and easy to wear.

opaque glass cabochons in many colors

You know there are times when you want something a little…quieter. Work, church, visiting the in-laws… and these glass cabs are available in so many colors, you can get just what you want. If you don’t see your color, just ask!

Red teardrop and silver filigree earrings

Here’s a pretty example of how you can combine a sparkling glass bead or jewel with a silver plated “ornament” (filigree, stamping, or charm) and make a fabulous pair of earrings – with very little effort!

red glass teardrop and silver filigree earrings

The silver filigrees are actually silver plated over brass – it’s good quality plating but much more affordable than solid sterling silver – and the style is modern and chic. The earring jewels are about 5/8″ high (the earrings are a bit under 2″ long, in total) – they’ve got a lot of presence but are still very lightweight and comfy (I’m very fond of comfy).

The components are available in my jewelry supplies shop but if you don’t see them, just send me a note and ask!

Affordable, pretty, sparkling – and did I mention easy to use? This is the way it’s supposed to be. Do it yourself – save money – and look great 🙂

Emerald glass gems – and color :-)

I was talking about clear glass gems earlier – as a counterpoint now, go for rich color – and you can still experiment with different shapes and tones 🙂

emerald green oval glass gems with pink glass octagons and colorado topaz glass rivolis

See? Really I’m just encouraging you to experiment. Try different shapes and colors. Don’t spend a lot of money. Do it yourself really IS a good idea 🙂

(and if you’re looking for something – but can’t find it – drop me a note, I might be able to help!)

Clear glass cabochon jewels

I wanted to point out a little concept that you’ve thought of lots of times – when you’re looking at your wardrobe. It’s true with jewelry too. Have one basic neutral, and you can add lots of different colors – no, not all at once! (well…. hmmmm….)

But not right now. Right now I wanted to show you a quick idea. A clear jewel – no color at all – just a bit of sparkle. Add a bit of color. Voila: new combo.

clear glass gems combined with light colorado topaz... neutral party jewels

These are really pretty together. And would be great for the holidays – night or day. They’d complement your outfit, without shouting (you’ll try other combos, for that). And they’ll look good.

Buy, or scrounge, or thrift, or swap, so you’ve got a few neutral bases (like these clear teardrops) – then add fun little bits to them. Instant jewelry wardrobe for not much money or work.

This is a win 🙂

Pink Glass Gems and Jewels

I wanted to show you a few of the pink glass gems I’ve gotten in my shop this fall. They’re gorgeous “as is” – and combined with crystal or burgundy, aqua or peridot – or black! – they’re just fab 🙂

light pink glass gems and jewels in my jewelry supplies shop

More shapes coming soon – and more pics, too (now that I’ve thought of the pink-with-black, I have to try it!)

Girly, soft color – affordable do-it-yourself luxury – you know what I’m going to say. This is a win 🙂

Clear cushion cut glass beads

And they go with everything. I recently got in a large packet of these adorable clear glass cushion cut beads – so I can offer them at a great price. They have no color at all – but somehow, the gentle glow or sparkle (depending on the setting) can make them the “Little Black Dress” of your jewelry collection.

clear cushion cut glass cabochon beads

You don’t look like you’re trying too hard – but you’re wearing a chic little pair of earrings or minimalist pendant that you can wear anywhere, anytime.

And they’re on sale! Yes, this is a win 🙂

Designing jewelry with your favorite colors

I’ve talked about this before – whether your jewelry design is intricate and complex or minimalist simple, color can take your design from “nice” to “fabulous”.

My personal preference is for earrings that have a lot of presence but are not super heavy (I’m all about the comfort thing). These rhinestone combinations fit that bill nicely – multi stone settings for round stones combined with teardrop settings. And you have so many color choices!

glass teardrop jewels with several rhinestone color choices

In the pic, you can see crystal teardrops with olivine and blue zircon rhinestones, crystal with ruby and emerald glass, and crystal with golden topaz and amethyst glass. And these are only a few of the possible combinations – you can match your Christmas outfit, or your wedding colors…. or hey, your pajamas, if you want!

The thing is, color is inexpensive – and fun – and you should totally be able to design your jewelry to get exactly what you want! That’s the win 🙂

P.S. And if you visit my online jewelry supplies shop and don’t see the bead color or jewel shape you’re looking for – please do ask. I’ve almost always got new goodies that aren’t listed yet 😉

Black glass beads and jewels

Obsidian, black onyx, jet – these are all popular names for genuine, semi-precious black jewels and stones. They’re also descriptions that are often used when referring to black glass. Well I don’t see any need to use confusing “gemstone” titles. I love opaque black glass. Honest, easy to use, always classic. You can’t go wrong, and you don’t need to dress it up with fancy (fake-ish) names.

black glass beads and jewels

See what I mean? These gorgeous glass stones can easily be used to make gorgeous earrings, necklaces, bracelet links…. with emphasis on “easily”. Not to mention they aren’t costly.

With fall coming, black is going to be a basic. Well. Let me rephrase that. Black is always a basic, always classic, always looks good.

You could say that Black is the new Black 😉