Olivine glass rounds and teardrops for DIY earrings

Yes this is another DIY earring design idea! Simple, classy, and very pretty 🙂

DIY earring design featuring olivine rivoli faceted round glass jewels paired with olivine vintage teardrops

This is a closeup, so these jewels look sizeable – actually, they are small(ish). The round rivoli faceted gems are 8mm in diameter (which is between 1/4″ and 3/8″). The teardrops are a bit over 1/2″ long – they’re petite. Paired together, the earrings would be maybe 1-1/4″ long – yet as you can see, they have great presence.

So – easy to make, in a very interesting and wearable color that’s a bit unusual. The round jewels are new, the teardrops are vintage. A super combo – and affordable too.

I bet you have someone on your Christmas list who would love these. Or, what can I say, they’d be fabulous on…you!

Halloween jewelry – Black and orange glass jewels :-)

No, this isn’t the “monsters on a chain” type Halloween jewelry. It’s actually pretty jewelry – that you can wear anywhere – only in black and orange, because it’s getting close to that time of year and hey, who doesn’t wear orange and black, just for fun, around Halloween time?

Halloween jewelry design idea featuring black glass jewels and vintage orange teardrops

The orange teardrops are vintage glass cabochons – the black 10mm round rivoli jewels are new glass gems. I show them in different settings colors (silver plated brass, and golden brass) – because that’s when I had when I went to take a pic. Of course you can match the settings colors…

…or not, as you like. That’s the fun part of making your own jewelry. You can make exactly what you want (and you don’t have to spend a lot of money!)

DIY earring design idea – fuschia and crystal glass jewels

So there are a couple reasons I think this DIY earring design idea is special. For one thing, deep fuschia pink and crystal? Fuschia doesn’t always work – but when it does, it really does. And what color isn’t even better paired with sparkle?

DIY earring design idea featuring fuschia vintage glass pears paired with crystal ovals

And the combination of textures here – the smooth teardrops paired with the faceted ovals – adds a touch of complexity (while still being quick and easy to do).

A (super) added plus – the fuschia pears are vintage. They’re from the 1950s I think – the original packaging has the importer’s telephone number – and there is no area code, it predates that. So we’re going back a ways 🙂

And these are great. Used “as is” or with the faceted crystal ovals, or with your own special combo, you’re going to have a terrific pair of DIY earrings!

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!

Vintage glass jewels – cherry red ovals and black teardrops

The glass jewels shown in this DIY earring design idea are all vintage glass: the cherry red ovals were made in post-war Japan, and the black rhinestone teardrops are West German, from the early 1960s I believe. I’m relying on the original packaging for that guesstimate – they were originally sold by the half gross, and wrapped in paper. That paper had the importer’s business name, address, and telephone number printed on it. The phone number had no area code – the phone number was something like, RIVERSIDE 8635. (I’m going on memory here, don’t have the paper anymore.)

Now that’s vintage 🙂

black teardrop vintage glass beads paired with cherry red ovals made in post war Japan

These are very handsome jewels, in great shape, and the opaque colors are bold and strong when you’re not in the mood for sparkly and delicate.

(They’d be great for Christmas, too. Just, you know, in case.)

Peridot green vintage glass gems – BOGO sale

These beautiful glass jewels are vintage rhinestones I found a while back and was lucky enough to be able to restock – not always possible with true vintage. I love this sheer, clean color – peridot green without too much “lime” in the green – a super flattering shade and a customer favorite.

peridot green sheer vintage rhinestone earrings or pendant jewels are 18x13mm teardrops

These are probably the most popular style jewel I have available – teardrops that are large enough to be fabulous for earrings or pendants – but not so big they’re too heavy. These are 18x13mm teardrops – that’s approx. 3/4″ x 1/2″.

And if you mention this post, you get a BOGO sale price – buy this pair and get a second pair free. (Note – you can choose another color for your second – free – pair of jewels, if you like. Equal or lesser value, you know the drill!) And this offer is good for a full week – November 12, 2017 through November 19, 2017! You might not want to wait – this special offer is only while supplies last. (As of this writing I still have almost 2 dozen pairs left.)

These make wonderful Christmas gifts – and if you need gift earrings for an August birthday girl, these are her birthstone color!

Great Gatsby Vintage Style Earrings

I saw these recently and thought they were so graceful and lovely, I wanted to share!

Great Gatsby earrings by Parisienne Girl

This time they’re not even from my shop! They are available on Etsy though, at Parisienne Girl on Etsy. The designer has some lovely pieces inspired by “The Great Gatsby”. There’s something so evocative and, well, Continental about these creations – definitely worth checking out 🙂

Pantone’s Color of the Year 2013 – Emerald

Drum roll! Feature stories today are talking about Pantone’s “Color of the Year” for 2013. I’m not even sure how they got the job but by now, Pantone’s predictions heavily influence the colors that will be Hot for the next season – in housewares, fashion, and of course, jewelry. I don’t think it’s the be-all and end-all that they want us to believe but still, it’s interesting.

So it was serendipity that I had just made a graphic of some of the lovely emerald jewels in my my Etsy jewelry supplies shop:


some of the emerald jewels at weekendjewelry1 jewelry supplies shop at Etsy

I have to say, I love emerald. It’s not just because I’m (sometimes, with a little help) a redhead. It’s just such a rich, flattering, luxurious color. And it looks good on just about everybody. And it’s gorgeous. And did I say rich?

Color of the year: emerald. They could do worse 🙂