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!

DIY Earrings Design with Aqua Glass Gems

Yes this earrings design features all the same color stones. It’s not my usual choice – but I think these aqua glass jewels are gorgeous together!

Actually there are tiny differences in the color – it’s subtle enough that it’s almost impossible to catch with the camera. Which tells me that people seeing your earrings wouldn’t see the difference either. But either way – very well coordinated color choices, or all the same color – these really work.

do it yourself jewelry design idea featuring three sizes and shapes of aqua glass jewels, all available in my Etsy shop

I know you’ll grab this idea and try your own variations – all crystal jewels, tiny to larger, or all the same shapes in different colors, or… well next time you send a note, you tell me! What combination of stones worked in your new earrings? I’d love to hear!

Bronze Open Work Large Leaf Charms

These are big, lightweight leaf charms – great to use “as is”, or to combine with other elements to make stunning earrings or pendants. These are not Serious. These are fun!

bronze leaf charms for earrings or pendants

Click on the pic to see the listing – and to see a few variations in ideas for using these charms. Just remember, it doesn’t have to be complicated – “as is” is good too!

Earring design idea – red glass pears and brass flowers

Check out the combination of golden brass flower charms and opaque, red glass cabochon jewels. Linked together (the flowers have links, more easily seen from the back) – here’s an easy, pretty pair of earrings!

red glass pears and brass flowers linked for pretty earring design idea

Change the jewel color or style – you’ll love these made with your own individual style!

Earring Design Idea – Neutral Glass Gems

I recently made a pair of earrings for a friend – and was reminded that it’s fun to use neutral colors sometimes. How often do you wear black and white, or tan and black? Yeah, me too. So I took some jewels that were already on my worktable, and tried a new design. Let me know what you think!

earring design idea featuring black diamond glass teardrops paired with neutral round glass gems

I think this is a good reminder to me – and to my friends and customers too. Get out of the rut sometimes? I love color, so I tend to move toward using vivid colors in jewelry. And that’s fine, and works well. But gray is strong – and neutral. Combining neutrals works too!

Remember to click on the pic so you can see more jewels in my shop. And let me know if there’s something you’re looking for and can’t find – I might have some stashed!

DIY earrings in new crystal shapes

Yes. Crystal earrings. Again. Because they are so sparkly, so pretty – and so useful!

do it yourself crystal earrings with geometric shapes

One of the nicest things about these earrings (aside from that sparkle!) is that they are not large, and not heavy to wear. The diamond shape gems are just 10x10mm (approx. 3/8″) and the round jewels are 8mm – that’s about 1/4″.

These will be noticed. These would be beautiful for a bride. Or at work, even. They aren’t “in your face”. They’re lovely. And comfortable. And easy to DIY. This is a win, you know?

Do it yourself earring jewels!

It’s winter, it’s cold, and a little bit of DIY sparkling jewelry can just be a bit of lift, you know?

crystal rounds and petite sapphire glass pear jewels available in my jewelry supplies shop

Click on the pic to find these jewels (and more) in my shop! As shown here, this is just a potential do it yourself jewelry design. The beads (or jewels) are smallish – these earrings would be lightweight and delicate.

And pretty. And could be made in your choice of color. And shape, for that matter. Really it’s just an idea to get your creative juices going!

Spring is coming. A little treat right now is just a good idea!

New DIY earring jewels – and happy new year!

These sapphire blue pears are now available in a new medium size – they’re 14mm x 10mm, approx. 5/8″ x 3/8″. It’s a terrific size when you want earrings that are a bit more petite – but still have a great presence. And these new, smaller rounded gems are lovely paired with these teardrops.

sapphire blue glass teardrops paired with small round gems for DIY earrings

And yes, they’re on sale right now. If you buy the 14x10mm pears, send me a note and I’ll include the rounds for free! This is just through Monday, January 4, 2021 (and while supplies last). So don’t wait too long!

And did you notice – “2021”. That’s another reason to celebrate, yknow?

Let’s have a happy new year!

Simple and elegant DIY necklace design idea

It’s always good to remember that fussy, complex design is not the only way to create beauty. Yes, there are designs that require many hours to complete, and complicated elements to create. But sometimes you just need classic, beautiful elements.

Case in point: this necklace idea. Basic cable chain, faceted glass rondelles, and a classic pear shaped pendant combine to make a necklace that would be wonderful for prom, for date night, for work – and in sparkling crystal, wonderful for a bride.

DIY necklace design idea featuring cable chain and a faceted teardrop pendant

Now is that a great idea or what? Make one to go with your favorite outfit. Or start making Christmas presents now and remember that New Year’s isn’t that far away. Even in this weird, troubled year, we will still find ways to share – and celebrate 🙂

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!