Necklace design idea with peridot, and flowers!

Peridot is the birthstone (color) for August, so I was playing with jewelry design ideas featuring peridot crystal gems that I have. Once I pulled out these two elements – the peridot crystal pendant, and the golden brass flower connector link – the combination seemed irresistible 🙂

necklace design idea featuring peridot green crystal pendant and golden brass flower link

Use a golden chain, with or without a connecting jump ring – and you’ll have an easy-but-gorgeous necklace!

Hint: mom would love this. Or your bestie. Or maybe you should keep it, just to, you know, field test the design 🙂

Peridot – the birthstone color for August :-)

It’s so easy to say “in these troubled times, take a few moments to make something pretty for a loved one – or yourself”. But I think it’s good advice. You don’t want to worry about anything complicated, or expensive. But it’s a treat to make something as a gift – you know how good that feels to give a gift 🙂

And it feels nice to have a pretty new trinket to wear, too. Even if it’s just for yourself, in quarantine.

peridot green crystal teardrops for pendants or earring jewels

Take care, and have a little fun!

An easy and pretty DIY earring design idea :-)

You’ve probably noticed by now that I really believe in cute earrings that are also easy to make, and don’t cost a fortune. Nobody should have to work that hard to have pretty jewelry – and most of us get a little ‘lift’ from having new pretties. It doesn’t fix the world but it’s a tiny nice perk 🙂

Like this earring design idea:

earrings design idea featuring raw brass acorn charms and faceted small octagon glass gems

It’s an easy idea to use – and adapt with your own components. Though of course I’d be happy to send you some 😉

These are specially nice because they have movement and color (you can choose the color of course!) – but they’re lightweight and not too big (sometimes we want delicate!) And I have similar charms in silver plated brass. So – golden or silver (color), you can do this!

Playing with pretty earring design ideas :-)

Like a lot of us – most of us I hope – I’m staying home right now, finding things to do around the house, keeping my online business going even if times are weird, and sometimes playing with pretty sparkies in my workshop. There is no deep significance, it’s just that sometimes a pretty little bauble can lift the spirits, and I can rationalize it by saying “it’s business”.

Well it is, but it’s also that I like making pretties, and trying new combinations. You know how that is 🙂

I tried out this new combination for earrings and I think they’re lovely!

peridot and peach crystal earring design idea

I really like the combination of the vintage peridot crystal teardrops and peach rivoli faceted round gems – and of course the design could be adapted to all sorts of color combos.

You see what I mean, though. It doesn’t have to be fussy or difficult to make pretty earrings! Or expensive either. It’s just a way to make a little treat for a friend, or for yourself, in these difficult times.

Stay safe!

Amethyst crystals and glass gems

Amethyst always seems very rich to me – and that doesn’t mean just the gemstones. Amethyst crystals (as rhinestones are often called) – and amethyst glass stones, can be gorgeous without spending a fortune! And today I wanted to show off some restock amethyst and vintage stones I’ve got in my shop right now 🙂

amethyst crystals and glass gems available at weekendjewelry.com

These are fabulous as pendants or earrings “as is” – you really don’t have to add a lot of fussy details, these stones can carry a jewelry design beautifully! Or of course, pair them with your choice of beads, pearls, and crystals – make the design your own. .

And just saying – these crystals make great jewelry gifts. But you knew that already 🙂

Black and white glass jewels – for great DIY jewelry!

If you want to make jewelry that is always going to be in style, black and white jewelry components are for you. They’re great in winter, fabulous in summer, look good with most colors, and are clean and modern. They work!

light colorado topaz teardrops paired with tiny rhinestones for DIY pendants and earrings

Any of these jewels would work on their own, “as is”, for easy and attractive pendants or earrings. Or combine them – black with white, both with one other color – you get the idea. Customize your jewelry and save money by doing it yourself. And your jewelry will look GOOD!

How to make earrings – basics!

I thought, maybe once in a while we should show the absolute basics on how to make earrings. Like so many things, it’s easy once you know. But you might never have looked closely at the little connectors, etc, so it’s still a mystery. Well – now it won’t be. You can create some fabulous jewelry with this simple technique. (Or go as fancy and complicated as you want, that’s the beauty of it!)

DIY earrings how to tutorial picture

Add whatever extras and variations you like – you’ll love the customization – this is just the start 🙂

DIY earrings – save money – make gifts – or sell your jewelry!

Earring design idea for Fall

Do it yourself jewelry – yes you can do it! One of the best things about making your own jewelry for yourself, for gifts, and for customers is that you can create customized, personalized jewelry, for your giftee or your customer. Start with rich fall colors like these.

earring design idea featuring fuschia pink and blue zircon glass gems from weekendjewelry1 on etsy

And adapt this idea with your own favorite colors – or your customer’s. I just wanted to point out how powerful color is! These are statement earrings – a big hit for Fall.

Color is your friend – and your collaborator. Take this idea, run with it, and make it your own!

DIY necklace design idea – pearls and crystals!

This do-it-yourself necklace design features “real” gems (freshwater pearl buttons) with faceted Swarovski crystal elements, and a gorgeous rhinestone oval pendant. I think the combination really works!

DIY necklace  design idea featuring white freshwater button pearls, Swarovski crystal elements and an aqua oval rhinestone pendant

The cluster of crystals at the top of the oval pendant adds a bit of complexity to the design – and offers a great way to personalize your design, using your customer’s favorite colors – or hey, the birthstone colors of you and your kids! This is YOUR necklace and your design. You make it the way you like it best!

If I can spark an idea or three, that’s super 🙂 Take this idea and run with it – creating your own special *and* affordable jewelry – that’s the goal!

Earring design idea using glass jewels and brass flowers :-)

This pretty earring design idea is another example of how you can combine two simple components into a great jewelry design 🙂

earring design idea featuring brass filigree flower connectors and 10x8mm rhinestone octagons... shown here in black diamond

earring design idea featuring brass filigree flower connectors and 10x8mm rhinestone octagons... shown here in ruby red


Add earwires or posts, a sturdy jump ring, and your earrings will be ready to wear! I show two different color jewels here – using custom colors is a simple way to personalize your design.

Easy, economical and pretty – this is the way it’s supposed to be 🙂