Vintage glass earring jewels – hyacinth orange

I got a resupply of these recently and I have to say, I totally love this color! I made these earrings for a customer – and seeing that fabulous vintage Hawaiian print dress just reminded me I had to show these off 🙂


hyacinth orange vintage glass earrings

I mean, with this great color, you don’t have to do a lot. Though they’re fun when paired with other jewels or ornaments – just “as is”, don’t you love them?

(I do!)

Easy DIY earring designs

Sometimes easy is what it’s all about. Take these vintage glass beads (rhinestone jewels) and brass charms, for example:

golden brass leaf charms and amethyst vintage glass jewels in my online jewelry supplies shop

You can see how pretty they are together. Use a jump ring to link them, add earwires, and you’re good to go! Sometimes intricate is wonderful. Sometimes you don’t want to bother. But you still want to look great.

These look great 🙂

Jonquil glass gems – DIY gifts for Mom

This delicate jonquil yellow is another color that’s really popular right now – and I just got more of these pretty oval jewels 🙂

jonquil yellow glass beads in my online jewelry supplies shop

jonquil oval rhinestone beads ...great for DIY gifts for Mom

These are a pretty color anytime – but they do feel like Spring, don’t they? And if you’d like to make a Mother’s Day gift there’s still time – these are easy to use, affordable, and have a sweet sparkle.

And she’ll love that you thought of her 🙂

Pink glass teardrops for DIY jewelry

And this is just a quick note – that you don’t have to get fussy and complicated to have a classic pendant or pair of earrings. Find a pretty, flattering color, like these soft pink teardrops:

pink glass teardrop beads in silver or brass prong settings... DIY pendants or earring jewels

They’d be lovely for a gift, of course (and Mother’s Day is coming, which I know you don’t need to be reminded or anything). But also for yourself. They don’t cost much, there are a few sizes available so you can be bold or demure (is that still a word?)

They’re inexpensive. They’re easy. That’s a gift in itself. And, you know, springtime. Pink. Looks good.

Personalized gift for mom – triple rhinestones in birthstone colors

These golden brass, triple rhinestone settings have three glass jewels – and if your mom has three kids, you can pick those three birthstone colors to customize her Mother’s Day gift!

amethyst emerald and sapphire tiny glass stones in birthstone colors

Don’t let the closeup fool you, these are tiny rhinestones. These beads are great used as jewelry connectors, but also wonderful when you use them exactly “as is” for delicate drop earrings. (You can get these without the little ring on the bottom, if you prefer.) If your mom likes really Out There big earrings, add showy emerald teardrops at the bottom ring. But if delicate is her style? She’s going to adore these tiny treasures 🙂

And she’ll love that you thought of it!

Peridot green glass gems – August birthstone

If you visit my shop occasionally you may remember these from last year – I finally got more in! Peridot green glass octagon gems – or “framed glass pendant or earring jewels” as they are often called. Me? I just love the color 🙂

peridot green pointed back cabochon beads.... framed glass beads in silver or brass settings

And, just thought I’d mention, peridot is the birthstone color for August. If your mom has an August birthday, these would make an awesome pair of earrings, or framed glass pendants.

See? Such a cool color – and an easy DIY gift for mom 🙂

Spring 2017 jewel colors – vintage glass :-)

These pretty rose pink vintage glass jewels are actually a restock and I was so happy to find some more! They’re just under 1/2″ wide and great used “as is” for necklace or earring gems – but as you can see, they’re terrific in this multi-stone, “two jewel” setting.

rose pink vintage glass gems in multi stone prong settings ... silver and brass settings are available

The settings are available in silver, patina brass and golden raw brass – and the color combos shown are lovely. But the extra nice thing is that you can customize, so you can make a gift for mom with her favorite “pink plus color” combo!

Pink framed glass pendant and earring beads

Because pink is such a pretty Spring color 🙂

pink glass teardrop beads and cushion cut octagons ... framed glass pendant and earring jewels

Of course there are lots of pink glass gems in my Etsy shop. And if there’s a shape or size you can’t find, just ask me – I might have some or can find some for you. But I just wanted to show some easy DIY pendant and earring beads that don’t cost a lot of money or take a lot of work.

And these would make a wonderful jewelry set for Mother’s Day. Just saying 🙂

DIY Jewelry Design – color is fun!

This pic is just a way of showing how much fun color can be! I think the white opal glass octagons and fuschia pink teardrop are pretty together:

white opal glass octagon jewels and fuschia pink teardrop in a DIY necklace design

But it’s the green background I wanted to mention. I know, a graphic background is totally not relevant! Except to show that vivid color, combined with other strong colors, can be really eye-catching. And sometimes you want to do that. You’re wearing a quiet outfit, looks nice but no juice? Add a bright pair of earrings. Or maybe dye your hair green.

Okay, go with the earrings – it’s easier to change them (and they probably cost less too).

Color is fun 🙂

Gifts for Mom, Part 2 – personalize with color

Birthstone colors, that is. Yes, I’m mentioning this idea again – because it’s so easy to do, and if you’re DIYing or making gifts, it’s nice that there’s a simple, pretty way to make jewelry that’ll be really personal for her.

pink and peridot green glass jewels for October and August birthstones

These delicate earring drops (or tiny pendant) are shown with pink glass gems – the October birthstone colors are pink, or pink opal, or rose quartz – and peridot green, the birthstone color for August. You can choose customized, personalized colors – that’s the whole point.

Easy to do, inexpensive, and personal – this makes a great gift for Mom!

Or for you 🙂