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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!

Red Glass Beads and Jewels on Sale

I know I just featured many colors of bright glass jewels – today, I’m focusing on red. Red glass teardrops, octagons, rivoli faceted rounds, you name it! Red glass gems are on sale in my shop right now 🙂





From today through Wednesday, November 23, 2022, when you buy any red glass gem or pair of jewels – you get a second pair (or pendant) for free! It pretty much works the same as usual – when you buy a pair of jewels you make your purchase, then tell me which free pair you want. (Be sure to mention this post!) Equal or lesser value, but that’s the only restriction. If you buy one pair, you get one pair free. If you buy ten pairs, you get ten pairs free. It’s a pretty good deal!

I’ve got a good amount of stock, but still – just for the record, only while supplies last, no rain checks. Buy glass jewels to make gifts – or DIY jewelry! I think you’ll love them.

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!

Golden Topaz Glass Beads – on Sale!

Topaz is the birthstone color for November – and traditionally, I think that means “golden topaz” rather than some of the new(er) topaz color names like colorado topaz or even blue topaz, gorgeous though those are!

So my new sale, good from today through Sunday, October 16, 2022, is for golden topaz glass beads and stones. I think you’ll love them!





This gives us all time to make gifts for November birthday girls – or help our customers do that! All you have to do is mention this blog post when you order – and you’ll get a free pair (or pendant) with each one you order. Limited to supplies on hand (you know how that is) – and I’ve got a good stock – but you might not want to wait!

Emerald green glass gems – customizeable earring design!

This earring design idea has a couple extra special things going for it. First, the jewels have great style and presence – but they’re not huge and heavy. Second, emerald green! One of the most flattering colors to wear for most skin tones.



And this is super special – these are customizeable! Because *you* choose the color of the tiny round stone, shown here in peach. So you can combine two of your best friend’s favorite colors – or the color your customer likes best. Or your mom. Or, you know, your favorite! ***

And the goal – customized, gorgeous earrings that are comfortable and easy to make! Just link the two settings with jump rings, sturdy but unsoldered. Add earwires. You’re good to go!

*** You can also choose another color instead of the (wonderful) emerald. Sapphire blue, crystal clear, olivine green, red…. so you can *truly* customize these!

Faceted Amethyst Glass Pears in Two Sizes

New in my shop! I just got in some 14mm x 10mm deep amethyst purple teardrops – a wonderful counterpart to the larger, 18x13mm gems already available.



I wanted to show them both here so you can see what a great pendant-and-earrings set these teardrops can be. Now, each size is sold separately. But if you’re interested in a set as shown (two earring jewels and a pendant) just send me a note. We can work out a deal!

As always, do it yourself and save money. Make jewelry for gifts, or for sale – or for yourself. I think you’ll love these!

Navy Blue Glass Teardrops in a New Size

New in my shop! These montana sapphire or navy blue glass gems are a graceful teardrop shape. They’re wonderful for pendants and earrings, and because they’re also available in two ring setting styles, they’re terrific glass connectors too.



I’ve had coordinating navy blue teardrops in a larger 18x13mm size (3/4″ x 1/2″) – and they’re very popular. But sometimes you want a more petite jewel, yknow? These are a bit smaller and of course very lightweight. And hint: a pair of these, plus a larger teardrop, make a great pendant-and-earrings jewelry set!

As always, do it yourself and save money. And really, check them out – I think you’ll love them!

Sheer Faceted Glass Teardrops for Pendants and Earrings

I’m totally showing off now – these are just some of the sheer, no foil back glass gems I have available in my shop right now. Faceted pears or teardrops are one of the most popular shapes with my customers (I’d say octagons are the other strong contender) and it’s easy to see why.

The graceful faceted shape lends itself well to pendants or earrings. They’re terrific when combined in clusters with round or bicone gems, but they also do well “as is” – all by themselves. Think of some of your favorite earrings or pendants – then look at these glass gems. I know you recognize the potential!

And it helps of course that these are not expensive. From $2.99 to $3.79, the faceted, sheer glass beads and jewels in my shop are affordable and gorgeous. And that means you can make your favorite jewelry for gifts, for yourself or your customers – and not spend a lot of money. Yes, that’s a win!