Earring Design Idea with Amethyst and Filigree

This jewelry design idea features golden brass filigree flower connectors, and amethyst (amethyst glass, I mean) pear shape jewels. It’s a feminine, gorgeous combination – and these are easy to make. The deep purple amethyst stones are 14mm x 10mm, not too large for comfy earrings but absolutely big enough to make a DIY pendant as well.

And I have to say, “easy to make” and “gorgeous” pretty much sums up my favorite jewelry designs. It doesn’t have to be hard to make pretty jewelry! Yes, intricate designs can be beautiful but you know, sometimes there just isn’t time.

Of course you can use this idea to generate your own special design. Use your favorite colors and your favorite connectors. You’ll love the combo!

Bright Glass Jewels for DIY Jewelry

I just wanted to show off a few of the vivid, bright glass jewels I’ve got in my jewelry supplies shop right now. Vivid sapphire blue, golden topaz, emerald green, and ruby red – these are the classic primary colors that are so hot right now!

These are new glass gems, vintage style (classic faceted cuts) but not vintage. The bright colors are great year round – and have enough presence to use “as is” for earrings and pendants, with no need to add fussy details. They’re great for earrings, pendants, and of course glass connectors since each is available in two-ring connector styles as well as classic one-loop prong settings.

Of course if you want to fuss, that’s good too! Add the details to make your DIY jewelry special and individual and your design. You’ll love it!

Sparkling Glass Pear Jewels for Earrings and Pendants

All the pear or teardrop shaped glass jewels in this pic are 14mm x 10mm, or approximately 5/8″ x 3/8″. It’s a wonderful size for earrings, or medium size pendants, and of course they can be used for glass connectors too.

The peridot green 14x10mm pears are new in my shop! The emerald green are vintage (the emerald green), and the sheer peach and deep amethyst purple are new, and I was able to resupply (yay!) Of course I have more colors available, couldn’t get them all in this pic.

Click on the pic and find the other colors I have available right now – if and if you’re looking for one you can’t find, just send me a note – I might be able to find some for you. Happy shopping!

Amethyst Glass Jewel Earrings

I love earrings that combine gems, glass jewels, or other sparkling beads, with chain. The chain adds movement and even more sparkle, without adding a lot of weight. And it’s pretty!

The earring design shown in this pic is super simple. Slip a glass jewel onto your earwire. Then place several lengths of chain onto an open jump ring. Put on the jump ring onto the bottom loop of the jewel setting, close the jump ring, and you’re all set!

Of course this design is totally customizeable – use jewels you have (or purchase some from my shop!) Use your favorite colors, and any chain you have – it doesn’t even have to match. For that matter you could use different color jewels in each earring. I love designs like that – I think a lot of people do. Make the design yours!

Birthstone colors – July to October

It’s always useful to know what the birthstones (and birthstone colors!) are for the upcoming months. I’ve put together a few examples of birthstone color glass jewels that I have availble right now!

You’ll notice I didn’t even pick the showiest, largest stones. Those are wonderful of course – but sometimes you want small(er), less in-your-face jewelry. Or you want to combine glass jewels with other elements in your designs.

The thing is, this totally works. Use what you have, combine your elements with birthstone colors, and DIY some special custom jewelry for yourself and your friends!

Rainbow Vitrail Glass Jewel Earrings

If you visit my Etsy jewelry supplies shop you’ll see that the vitrail gems featured below, are my shop avatar! I love them and I think you will too. (And vitrail is one of the best selling jewel “colors” in my shop!)

The most important highlight of this pic is that it shows you the scale of the gems – my mannequin is close to life size so you don’t have to rely on printed measurements. You can see how these work as earrings! And since you pick the color of the tiny round stone at the top of the setting, you can customize these. Just a small added bonus!

White and White Opal Vintage Glass Stones

The white and white opal glass stones shown here are some of the favorites in my shop – and I’ve been able to resupply recently! Given that these glass gems are true vintage (not just “vintage style”), that can be tricky!

I was going to say that, especially with summer almost here, white stones and gems are particularly appropriate. But really that’s not relevant. White glass gems are always beautiful and useful, year-round. Think of combining them with black for strong neutrals – or with any pretty pastels. With do it yourself jewelry supplies, you are the true designer – and you choose what elements you love most!

But having said all that – white glass gems are great in summer jewelry!

Silver Leaf and Glass Jewel Earrings

These silver (silver color, that is) leaf and glass jewel earrings have a couple extra things going for them. Well first they’re pretty earrings, which is the most important thing of course 🙂

Also – this is one of the best things about do it yourself jewelry! The components are very inexpensive. So you can make these wonderful earrings, using the jewels shown or whichever color is your favorite – and you don’t have to spend a lot of money.

Inexpensive, easy to make, and pretty – this is what jewelry ought to be!

P.S. I should clarify: the “silver” leaves are not sterling. They’re plated over steel. They don’t tarnish easily in my experience, and they’re way cheaper. Your choice of course!

Sapphire Blue Vintage Glass Heart Earrings

Do you want to make a DIY pair of earrings that will be fabulous and easy to make, a hit with your customers and a treasured gift to your buds? One word: hearts.

Seriously. I’m not trying to say these are the “best” earrings to make. I’m saying that these vintage glass hearts are a great size for comfortable earrings *and* have their own shine and presence. Hearts have a special meaning for us. Hearts are love. Maybe more, but definitely love. I’ve made these heart earrings for friends – they love them. I’ve made them for bridesmaids – they’re wonderful. Used as a pendant on a lovely necklace, or simple classic (and classy) earrings – faceted vintage glass hearts.

You’ll love them!

Black and White Glass Stones – a Necklace Design Idea

I wanted to share one more example of how neutral, black and white glass stones can work together to make a fabulous design!

Of course you’ll think of your own special ways to adapt this design idea. I’ve used white, vintage glass ovals for the necklace “chain” – you could use any stones on your workbench. I do love that the white ovals are vintage glass – there’s no new manufacturing footprint, and the stones really are lovely.

Pair the “chain” with your favorite pendant – adapt this idea to your own special style. Save money and make new, original jewelry!