Orange, aqua and gold for spring

Does it seem like I”m obsessed with color these days? Well, yeah. It’s winter (warmish here but still, winter) – it’s gray – and color is always a cheerful pick-me-up. Pretty, charming, happy color doesn’t cost any more than gloomy gray.

(Yes I like neutral gray sometimes. Don’t stop me, I’m orating.)

For instance, take these pretty colors:

melon orange glass cabochons paired with aqua glass rhinestone connectors

Pair these aqua glass connectors and melon orange cabochon two-jewel beads. Or use them separately. The point is, pretty color. Doesn’t cost a lot. Always makes you feel better.

It really does 🙂

Golden topaz glass teardrops – sunshine beads :-)

I just love these little pear jewels. They’re a gorgeous, sheer golden topaz, and I recently got a resupply so I’m able to list them again! The color makes me think of sunshine on a soft summer day – which, one of my favorite things 🙂

golden topaz sheer glass teardrops

These would look great used “as is” for earrings – wear them with blue jeans, wear them to work, wear them for your wedding! (Hey, do we always have to be totally traditional?)

Or make a petite pendant. Link them for bracelets. Golden drops of sunshine. Always beautiful 🙂

Spring 2017 Glass Beads and Jewels

Pretty color combinations for Spring 2017 – this is really what it’s all about. Do it yourself – DIY – should be easy, fun, affordable. Your projects should be enjoyable. Your jewelry should look good. It’s simple 🙂

framed glass beads and jewels in pretty colors for Spring 2017

So I’m just showing you a few pretty colors, and a few easy shape combinations. This isn’t rocket science. This is supposed to be fun – and make you look good. Give these earrings and necklaces as gifts. Make some to sell at craft shows. Wear them to the prom.

Easy, pretty, affordable. Life is complicated enough – but DIY jewelry? Is part of the fun stuff 🙂

Aqua framed glass beads and jewels

I put together a few shapes of the vivid aqua glass jewels I have in stock right now – thinking they might prompt an idea or two. Of course any of these jewels is gorgeous used alone, and ‘as is’.

aqua framed glass jewels

They’re also wonderful paired with each other. The rounds and the octagons make fabulous earrings – or an interesting pendant. Or use the octagons in two-ring settings, and make a linked necklace – with the large teardrop as a pendant.

Simple addition of shapes. Gorgeous color. Spring 2017 🙂

Amethyst and emerald glass beads

I just wanted to share this new combo with you all – we’re still in the middle of winter, and a little rich color just looks good, yknow?

amethyst purple and emerald green glass jewels

It’s a striking combo – and just a reminder, that trying new colors and shapes is an easy, simple way to play with ideas. Green and purple? Why not?

Montana sapphire framed vintage glass beads

These pretty beads are a great example of easy – affordable – pretty DIY jewelry suppoies:

montana sapphire glass beads - navy blue pointed back cabochon gems

Easy? Just add earwires or jump ring and chain: your earrings or necklace will be ready to wear.

Affordable? $3.49 for a pair in silver or brass settings.

Pretty?

Like I said 🙂

Fuschia pink glass beads – eye candy!

I’m just showoing off these pretty glass beads 🙂

hot pink or fuschia pink glass beads

I recently got in the smallest size shown here, the 8mm round beads. They’re darling used alone if you want tiny bright earrings. And any of these glass gems can be used alone, as is, of course. But the combo is fun, isn’t it? They’d make dangly, vivid, sparkly earrings.

Sometimes you want to be noticed. Hot pink? Yeah, that works 🙂

How to save money – DIY!

This is not a revolutionary idea – but this year I’m going to point out occasionally, how making your own jewelry for gifts, for yourself, or to sell, can save – or make – you money. First idea: “buy the set and save”.

red framed glass pendant and round earring jewels - buy the glass bead set and save

These particular glass beads would cost $4.79 if purchased separately from my shop – the set here costs $3.99. Already you’re saving a bit of money. Of course there are many talented jewelry artists who can provide you with beautiful necklace and earring sets – but if you’re looking to save money, it can be such a smart move to do it yourself.

These earring jewels come in one-ring, two-ring, or No-ring styles, so you can make dangle earrings or stud earrings with only the addition of post earring backs, or earwires. The teardrop jewel can be turned into a classicly simple, lovely necklace by adding a jump ring and chain.

Easy, low-cost, and pretty! This is a good way to start the new year 🙂

Hyacinth orange framed vintage glass beads

I love this bright orange color, these smooth gorgeous glass jewels. They’re fun, they’re flirty, they’re just a great way to greet the new year. They’re vintage, from the late 1950s I believe (the company that made them has been out of business for quite a while…)

hyacinth orange framed glass beads

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always want to be Serious. Orange? These smooth, buff cabochon jewels are just made for fun 🙂

Deal of the Day – December 13, 2016

Sparkling jonquil yellow glass beads – these aren’t traditional Christmas colors. So what? They’re lovely, they’re flattering, they’re affordable. And if you mention YELLOW after making a purchase in my Etsy jewelry supplies shop, you get a free pair of 18mm x 13mm pear jewels. **

jonquil yellow glass teardrops in my jewelry supplies shop

** oh – did I mention? Your “Deal of the Day” teardrop jewels I mentioned above? You get to choose the color 🙂

Good only till midnight, December 14, 2016 (don’t wait!)