Crystal bridal necklace design

This is a design I love – and my customers have been pretty happy with it too 🙂 These crystal (glass) octagons are pointed back cabochons, glass jewels that measure 14mm x 10mm (approx. 5/8″ x 3/8″). They’re well faceted, sparkly, and feminine.

crystal octagon silver necklace

And here’s the even-cooler part. Take this same basic design, and instead of adding silver(y) chain, attach a clasp.

crystal octagon silver bracelet

And presto, you’ve got a gorgeous bracelet! Hint: try this. When you’re making the necklace, instead of adding the chain to the octagons with a jump ring – use spring rings instead. Made that way, you can attach the chain to the jump rings anytime you want to wear your necklace. Or you can leave the chain off, clasp the spring rings *to each other*, and wear your octagons as a bracelet! (I’ll do up a pic soon and add it here.)

Double sparkly goodness for your prom, your Saturday night date… or your wedding. Win!

Crystal oval jewels

These pretty oval jewels are crystal pointed back cabochon stones and they are probably the most popular oval jewel I’ve ever found. Such pretty gems! The size is perfect when you don’t want gaudy but you do want sparkly 🙂

crystal oval glass jewels

They’re about 1/2″ long. Demure and girly. Also sparkling and sexy. Kind of the perfect stone. Think how pretty these would be for your wedding earrings, or a tiny lovely pendant on a delicate silver chain.

And if you want something a bit more complex, but still not huge, and still sparkly?You can choose the two-jewel setting. Pair your crystal ovals with a tiny rhinestone (and you choose the color!) Wonderful for wedding jewels – and bridesmaids.

crystal oval glass jewels with two sparkling rhinestones

Or prom. Or Friday night. Or Sunday. Or, well, you get the idea 🙂

Antique Black Brass Settings

I’ve been having a lot of requests lately for antique black brass settings – smoky, brown-black, inky midnight… people are really loving the punk, boho look! And I’m lucky, I’m able to find some good supplies of these black brass settings, so most of my jewels can now be outfitted with your choice of golden raw brass, or antique patina brass, and now blackened brass. Like these:

red glass jewels in black brass settings
and
peridot glass jewels in blackened brass settings

Puts me in mind of the Orient Express, and Irene Adler for some reason 🙂

And remember, you can ask for any jewels in the blackened brass settings now… I don’t have all the listings updated yet, but the option is definitely available!

Golden smoky topaz glass jewels

The surprise of a more golden “smoky topaz” – I got these recently and was just charmed at their pretty color. Most smoky topaz is a deep – well, smoky – brown, which is a fine rich fall color. Then there’s golden topaz, which is usually golden (yeah, duh, I know), it’s the November birthstone, and has a nice sparkle.

These “golden smoky topaz” are a meld of the two colors – deeper than golden, and with just a lovely rich tone.

golden smoky topaz teardrop pendant

You see what I mean? Just a bit brigher, and cheerier, and well, sparklier. Would love to know what you think of this “new” color!

We love Bling!

Let’s cut to the chase. Women love bling. Lots of guys do too, come to think of it. “Bling” has been defined (Merriam-Webster, I think) as “flashy jewelry worn especially as an indication of wealth” but I think it’s even more basic than that. Bling, as most women use it, means sparkly jewelry that flashes light, creates sparkle, and is FLATTERING to wear. Little glints of light near your face? Make you look good.

That’s pretty basic. Bling makes us look good. It makes us look – and feel – special. That’s a good enough reason right there.

And the really cool thing is, it doesn’t have to be Expensive Diamonds. Take a look at these pretty glass jewels (yes, they’re from my Etsy shop.

crystal glass jewels from Weekendjewelry1 on Etsy -- crystal bling for your DIY jewelry

(And yes, you can buy these goodies lots of places.) The point is, they look great. They don’t cost a lot. Buy the DIY glass jewels (I’ll love you for it) – or buy glass jewelry.

It looks fab. It won’t cost the rent. You’ll look good. This is why we love bling!

Aqua and crystal earring jewels

These aqua beads have two glass jewels, a sparkling aqua round “rivoli” jewel (the faceting comes to a point rather than being “table cut”) – and a tiny sparkling rhinestone chaton. They’re a fine example of simple, easy to use, and beautiful. You really don’t need to do a bunch of Stuff to have a lovely pair of earrings.

aqua and crystal glass earring jewels

They’re about 3/4″ long, large enough to have “presence” – and to add color and sparkle to your outfit. But they’re not big and heavy. It’s easy to use them – just add earwires (or leverbacks, my favorite). But you could also dangle them from other crystals, from jeweled links, from wire-wrapped pearls. Make them into long dangles if you like.

Still: used exactly “as is” (whether in the patina brass settings shown, or golden raw brass, or shining silver plate) – they’re lovely earrings. Perfect for your bridesmaid – or your bridal earrings. Perfect for gifts. Perfect for you.

This is what easy DIY is about. Perfect for you.

Light colorado topaz jewels

The color known in the jewelry trade as ‘light colorado topaz’ is a wonderful golden tan, not too dark, that is totally reminiscent of champagne. Or the color we think of as “champagne”. Or a rich beautiful sparkling mysterious light lovely topaz.

You get the idea I think this is a good color? That would be a Yes 🙂

light colorado topaz glass jewels in my online jewelry shop Weekendjewelry1 on Etsy

These are just a few of the shapes I have in my Etsy jewelry supplies shop in this lovely color. It’s so flattering (not too yellow-greenish, not too washed-out beige) and easy to wear. It looks rich (i.e., reference to ‘champagne’ I mentioned earlier). It’s great for bridesmaids – and brides. And if you stretch a bit, it’s even the birthstone color for November (topaz).

It’s just a GOOD COLOR. And girls love it 🙂

Stud earring jewels – these are back!

I mentioned cushion cut jewels the other day – one of the other major trends I’m seeing lately is stud earrings. Small, pretty earrings that don’t shout out loud – but look great.

Like these pretty glass octagons:

aqua stud earring jewels in my jewelry supplies shop

Those little jewels can be placed in one-ring, two-ring or no-ring settings. I think people are liking the no-ring, button earring styles lately because they don’t get in the way, they look girly and pretty, and sometimes it’s nice to have a change from big dangle earrings.

Which we will talk about later. Because they’re still wonderful. But the little earrings? They’re fun too 🙂

Cushion cut glass jewels

The term “cushion cut” refers to an octagon shaped glass jewel, usually with rounded corners. It’s a classic cut harkening back to the fine Czech glass rhinestones of the 1800s – and probably to beautifully cut gemstones for a long time before that.

They are still one of the most popular cuts, and you can see why:

golden topaz cushion cut glass jewels at etsy.com/shop/weekendjewelry1

They’re one of the most flattering, versatile styles of stone to wear – whether glass, lucite, or gemstone. You’ll love them!

Glass jewel and pearl earrings DIY

Just a quick note, I wanted to mention what a good idea it is to combine different materials. Okay, I know this is a thing of mine – I love unmatchy bits and pieces. These earrings are just one example:

pink glass jewel and pearl earrings

Yes, I have those glass jewels available in my jewelry supplies shop, Weekendjewelry1 at Etsy. And if you don’t have any pearls, drop me a note, I probably have some. The thing here is, the addition of a simple handwired pearl takes these pretty glass jewel earrings to a whole new level. Delicate, girly, pretty. And a simple DIY. Ask for help if you need it – pretty soon you’ll have it down pat 🙂