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Red and Gold Earring Jewels

It’s just a coincidence that red and gold are the team colors of the Kansas City Chiefs. No, actually, it is! A customer asked to see a couple design ideas using red and gold, and I couldn’t help think of it, since there is a major football playoff this weekend. I’m not going into details. I couldn’t resist mentioning the team colors, but I’m not trying to just trade off on the Chiefs.





And you probably noticed, the top set of jewels – the red vintage glass ovals – are in patina brass settings, when the other jewels are in golden brass settings. I didn’t even realize it till I took the pic, and I was going to change it.

Then I thought, it’s a fine way to show that Stuff Happens, and the jewelry can still look good. We don’t have to be matchy all the time. Go with what you’ve got!

Bicolor Earring Jewels – Do It Yourself Jewelry Design

Okay, “bicolor earring jewels” is a fancier way of saying, mismatched earrings! I think a lot of us love this idea. In “do it yourself” design, especially with earrings that have one common element (in this case, the white vintage glass teardrops) it’s just fun to have the other jewels be different colors.





Don’t you think so? I used smaller, round jewels with rivoli faceting in sapphire blue and emerald green, for the “mismatched” jewels. Play with different colors here! Maybe your kids’ birthstone colors. Or your school colors! Or any colors you like best.

It’s a great way to tailor a pair of earrings specially to one outfit, or just use crazy colors because you like them. That’s what “do it yourself” jewelry is all about. Make what you want!

Crystal Hearts and Brass Filigree Earring Design

I featured this earring design idea a couple years back – I just found the design pics again! And I wanted to show them off a bit – partly because hearts are always a super Christmas gift idea – but also because practically right after Christmas, is Valentine’s Day:-)

DIY earring design idea featuring crystal clear rhinestone heart jewels paired with brass filigree flower connectors

I don’t know where the time goes, but it just seems to be flying by. This earring design idea – with these crystal clear hearts, or one of the other colors I have available right now – will make wonderful earrings for your bff, or your customers. Just link them with a jump ring, add earwires, and your jewelry is ready!

DIY Bracelet Design Idea

This bracelet design idea features one of my favorite styles – the colors in the bracelet don’t match! No, seriously, think about it. We are usually careful to coordinate colors in our outfits, our jewelry, etc. But sometimes it’s fun to just…not match.






In my example, I combine turquoise cording with a golden topaz glass octagon. Just because I like the colors. Yes, I could use a golden cord or chain. Or a turquoise stone (which of course would be great). But why not try this idea?

It’s very freeing. Don’t match your colors. Go to your workbench and look for random stones and beads. Use them in a new piece. I think you’ll love it!

Multi Stone Pear Jewels

The faceted stone duos that I refer to as ‘multi stone pear jewels’ are one of the most popular jewel styles available in my shop. They’re great “as is”, for pendants or earrings. Add a jump ring, slip the jewel on a chain, and you’ve got a lovely necklace with almost no work. The same is true for earrings: add earwires in your preferred style, and presto! Your earrings are ready.





Ready to wear, or to give as a gift – or to sell. And an extra special thing about this two-jewel style is that you can customize them. You choose the color of the tiny stone at the top of the setting, so you can match your bridesmaid dresses. Or accommodate a special customer request.

You choose. That’s what do-it-yourself jewelry is all about. Spend less, and get exactly what you want!

Vintage Glass Jewels – Really :-)

Yes, that’s the name of this blog. It’s also the focus of my post this time! Faceted glass is pretty terrific anyway – adding sparkle and glam for a low cost. But vintage, well that’s extra special. These gems are great examples. Well cut, wonderful colors – and no extra carbon footprint.
My shop has many faceted glass beads and jewels – and many of them are a classic vintage style, but recently made. The faceted ovals in this pic truly are vintage glass jewels!




They’re fabulous for small oval pendants, or earring jewels, or glass connectors. They’re beautifully made. They’re super affordable. What can I say, I think you’ll love them!

Emerald and Crystal Earrings – Customizable!

Okay, first let me say, when I say “Emerald” I really mean faceted emerald green *glass* stones. I’m not promoting uber expensive rare gemstones here – lovely though they can be. But I’m really big on gorgeous, flattering, affordable jewelry.





If you click on the pic you’ll see several color choices I have available in this same style. And – these are customizeable! You choose the color of the tiny round stones.

I think you’ll love them!

Black Glass Beads and Gems on sale!

Black glass gems, beads, and jewels are always in style! You know when they mention “basic black” it’s because a Little Black Dress or suit or jeans always look good, they’re always chic, and you can dress them down or up as you want.

The same applies to black jewelry! Jazz it up, go boho, go elegant. Impress your mother in law if you need to. It’s all up to you – your attitude, your chutzpah, your style. You got this!




And right now there is a sale on all the black glass jewels in my shop! From today through Wednesday, September 28, 2022, when you buy any black glass gems, you can get another pair or pendant for free. Just mention this blog post when you order!

Design your own jewelry for yourself and for gifts – and save money. This is a win!

Earring design idea – peach and silver!

First off I should say – the “silver” acorn charms shown here are silver plated over brass, not sterling. The plating (and charms) are made in the U.S. by a premiere jewelry supply company – and this plating is quality. It’ll stay shiny silver for a good long time – and costs way less than sterling!





And the sheer peach diamond shape glass gems are just one example of the colors you might choose. If you don’t see your fave, send me a note – I might have some others in my stash!

Black diamond glass gems in a new earring design!

This earring design features neutral, faceted glass gems that look good all year round! That’s one of the perks of wearing “neutral” jewelry. You don’t have to match your outfit – though of course that’s fun too. Think about it – these deep gray earrings would look good with blue, with red, with emerald green, with white. Gray goes with pretty much everything!





And now that I think of it – the mannequin “model” I use is close to life size, so very useful that way. And her hair is reddish brown. But now I wish I had a wig for her in gray, or white! Because more people are choosing to let themselves go gray – or dying their hair gray/white, why not? It looks fabulous!

If (when!) I get a gray wig for my model I will definitely be showing off jewelry on her. Stay tuned! And in the meantime – remember that neutral glass jewels, neutral jewelry, works with every skin color, every hair color, year round. That’s a major win!

P.S. If you look closely you’ll see that these black diamond jewels are not the exact same shade. Close, but not exact. And that is totally all right. Everything does NOT have to be matchy-matchy. Best thing I’ve heard today!