Lariat Necklace always fits – Jewelry Design Idea!

We love lariat necklaces!

They always fit. When you want a special gift for your sweetie, you don’t have to worry about “will it fit”.

When you buy – or make! – one for yourself, you know you’ll be able to wear it with many different necklines. So versatile! And a wise way to spend your jewelry money.

And – I’m going to do more with this soon – you can use more than one color on the featured teardrops, or special jewels at the ends of your lariat. Red – and blue? Why not? Purple and green? Why not?

Or just focus on one gorgeous color, like this emerald-tipped lariat:

lariat necklace design idea featuring golden chain and emerald glass teardrops

Now is that a great gift idea or what? A gift for your bestie, using her kids’ birthstone colors. Or for yourself, with your faves. Save money, make fabulous jewelry, this is a win!

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 🙂

Aquamarine and aqua glass gems on sale!

Aqua and aquamarine – you know they’re the birthstone color for March, right? It’s also worth noting that aqua is one of the most universally flattering colors. From light aqua to deeper turquoise, almost everyone can wear it. If you’re born under the zodiac sign Pisces (Feb. 19 to March 19, i think? correct me if I’m wrong!) – aqua is also your zodiac color.

So if you’re wanting to give (or make!) a gift for your favorite Pisces, or your bff, or your girlfriend, or your mom – or even you – aqua is a wonderful choice! And also, as you can see here, it’s beautiful!

some of the aqua glass gems available in my shop right now.... click through to see more styles and shapes

And from today through March 1, 2020 (at midnight) they’re also on sale! Buy one pair and get the second pair (or pendant) free. The only catch is “equal or lesser value” – and while quantities last, so don’t wait too long.

Enjoy – make pretty gifts – or pamper yourself. It’s a sale after all!

Navy blue pendant and earring jewels – a jewelry gift for Mom!

I was looking at these gorgeous navy blue (montana sapphire) jewels last night, and my girlfriend mentioned that her mom just loved navy blue. Well, I thought, these would make a great jewelry set for her. Me and my girlfriend worked that out (she’ll dog sit one afternoon, and she got the pretty jewels plus findings and chain. A win-win!)

Anyway, that just got me thinking…Mother’s Day is a couple months off. No rush, right? But hey, maybe you’re making a lot of gifts anyway – or maybe you make jewelry to sell. Mother’s Day is a day to remember! And Moms like lots of different colors. Like these gorgeous montana sapphire stones!

navy blue pendant and earring beads available in my shop

The earring beads come in one-ring, two-ring, or no-ring settings (as shown) so you can make exactly the style you like best. And your mom? She’ll love them!

Clear glass gems bracelet

There’s a couple things about this bracelet I wanted to point out. First, these clear gems are so fun when you put them in golden brass settings. Suddenly you have sparkling golden gems (at a much lower price!) And the “cushion cut” faceted gem style works really well for bracelets – good faceting, and not too big or small. The squarish shape (really an octagon with gentle corners) is a classic gemstone cut for a reason 🙂

clear glass gem bracelet...a DIY jewelry design idea

The bracelet is easy to customize for size – first by varying the number of gems. You can add more small jump rings between each stone, for even more flexibility and subtle size differences. Also, as shown here, adding more (or less) large jump rings at the end make the clasp – and sizing – variable.

This style really works! And as an added incentive – you’ll love this one – the clear cushion cut gems in my shop are on clearance sale! I have quite a few, but still – when they’re gone, they’re gone – you might not want to wait too long.

clear cushion cut glass gems on clearance sale at etsy.com/shop/weekendjewelry1

Besides, since this bracelet can be personalized (size, style and color-wise) it’s a perfect gift for birthdays and Christmas. And hey, for yourself too 🙂

Earring design idea – hearts and flowers!

This jewelry design idea features a classic combination: hearts and flowers. The hearts shown here are rose pink, sheer vintage rhinestones that measure 12mmx12mm (about 1/2″ long). The brass filigree flower links have a light, antiqued patina – you could choose golden brass if you prefer. Other colors, other metal finishes would work – whatever suits your design aesthetic best.

ruby red glass gems available at weekendjewelry1 on etsy

These earrings would make a wonderful gift for a sweetheart or your mom – or just a fun pair of earrings to sell in your online shop! They’re a favorite with my customers – and they’re made with affordable, easy to use jewelry components.

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!

Birthstones for DIY earring design ideas

You know that birthstones are always in style, right? The gemstones shown here are glass, not “precious” minerals – but they’re the right birthstone colors, and they’re really pretty. That kind of covers the important stuff, you know?

glass gems in birthstone colors for May through August

The birthstone colors shown here are:

May – emerald green
June – light amethyst, or alexandrite
July – ruby red
August – peridot green


I’ll post pics for other birthstone months, soon – but I wanted to show these off. You can so easily personalize your jewelry, your gifts, or your customer requests! Or – just something to consider in future – you can combine birthstones. Make a necklace or earrings that combine emerald for May, and September for sapphire – there are so many possibilities for DIY jewelry designs.

That look great. And don’t cost a fortune. And you can totally do it yourself. This is the way it’s supposed to work!

Garnet glass gems for January birthday gifts

Just an FYI – garnet is the traditional birthstone for January. Garnets are not rare, but finding clean cut, non included garnets can be a challenge – and expensive. But the garnet rhinestones I have in my shop are beautifully faceted, versatile, and they’re super affordable too 🙂

These glass gems are wonderful for necklaces and earrings – and I’m almost always able to ship next day after you order, so there’s still time to get your January birthday present ready. Add your own creative touch, save money, and make a gift she’ll love. This is the way we like it!

P.S. I have a few more garnet rhinestones on the way – if there’s a style or shape you need and don’t see, drop me a note – I might have it already!

DIY earring design idea

I wanted to share a simple, classic earring design – maybe just as a reminder that a pair of earrings don’t have to be fussy or complex (or super expensive) to be beautiful.

DIY earring design idea featuring amethyst ovals and light amethyst tiny rhinestones

I’ve just gotten in the light amethyst tiny rhinestones, and paired them with the aqua rhinestone ovals in a “duo” setting – and I love the way they turned out. This is a simple idea – a duo setting, pretty faceted stones, and you add earwires – and the earrings are terrific.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. Do you need some earrings to match your bridesmaid colors? Or you just want an unusual color combo because they’re your faves?

Just let me know your colors – I bet we can do that!

P.S. You’re thinking of your mom’s favorite colors now, aren’t you? Thinking ahead to Christmas. Well we can do that too (and she’ll love them!)