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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!

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!

Fuschia pink faceted glass connectors!

New in my shop, I just got in these fabulous 8x8mm square, fuschia pink glass gems. Yes, they’re beautifully coordinated with the fuschia gems I have in my shop already. They are not an exact match (like so many gems with the same color name) – just fabulously coordinated and very close in color. And I think you’ll love them!

Fuschia pink has been one of the most popular color glass jewels in my shop for several months now. I’ve got some wonderful teardrops, and faceted rounds, and now I have adorable 8mm x 8mm square glass gems in beautiful fuschia pink. They’re great for glass connectors, and earring drops, and even tiny pendants.

I was only able to get one packet – I think they’re in high demand – and of course I’m searching for more. But right now – they’re here. And a great price. And they’re gorgeous glass gems!

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!

Clear Glass Gems for Pendants and Earrings

Here are some more of the clear glass jewels currently available in my shop. I’ve actually been seeing clear jewelry quite often lately, and of course in ready made jewelry the prices range from…well, sort of reasonable to wow that’s a lot of money. And it doesn’t have to be that way!

Clear glass beads (jewels or gems) have several advantages. When they’re well faceted (and these are) they offer a surprising amount of sparkle and presence for transparent glass. Also, you know they go with everything – you’ll never be in the position of “I love this outfit but I don’t have any earrings to go with it!”

And, of course, it’s terrific when your jewelry is affordable. These glass gems range in price from $1.69 to $4.19. That’s it! Create jewelry in your own style. And don’t spend a lot of money. That’s totally a win!

Black and White Necklace Design Idea – Classic Style

This is a classic necklace design idea – use interesting beads or gems, linked together, to form a necklace chain. Add a fabulous pendant. Voila: great necklace design, easy to make and flattering to wear!

It’s also classic to use black and white stones or gems. How many times are we wearing black to work – jacket, dress, pants and shirt – and we need something to complement that black without seeming all dark and gloomy? Like I said – black and white, a great combo that adds interest and looks great!

P.S. I think this just needs to be said once in a while. Great jewelry does not have to be made with diamonds, gold, and pearls. Yes those can be wonderful. But so is individuality, personal style, and affordability. And feeling happy with your jewelry. And loving that you made it yourself (or gave it as a gift!) and did NOT have to spend your rent money to do it. Make your jewelry. Love your jewelry!

New Earrings Design Idea – Sapphire and Peridot

I just tried out a new earrings design idea, deliberately using glass jewels that were similar in size, and trying to find colors that had glam without being huge and heavy. I think these earrings work!

The glass gems here are sapphire blue glass octagons that measure 14mm x 10mm – that’s about 5/8″ x 3/8″. I paired them with peridot green vintage glass ovals that are 12mm x 10mm (close to 1/2″ x 3/8″). Blue and green are colors I wear together lots of times, and I think other women do too, I’m not just being weird. Yes, I like to try more unusual color combinations sometimes… but here, blue and green. Totally work together!

You can change the sizes and shapes of the jewels, of course – this design is just a suggestion of jewels to combine. You’ll use your own color style, and design choices. And not have to spend a huge amount of money, and have *exactly* what you want. That’s the way it’s supposed to work!

New Earring Design Idea with Glass Jewels and Brass Filigree

The flower shaped, silver plated brass filigree in this earring design idea is one of my favorite filigrees. Right now I have it in my shop in golden raw brass – note that I do have a few silver pairs left, so just drop me a note if you want to see some!


The combination of glass teardrops and flower shaped filigree really works here I think! And since most of my jewels are available in golden raw brass as well as silver plated settings, you can match whichever metal settings color you prefer. I do have a limited quantity of the filigrees in silver – just drop me a note if you’re interested! And I do have more on the way.

Delicate, feminine brass filigrees combined with glass gems – this is a winning combo that you can customize with your favorite colors and shapes. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money. This is a win!