Earrings help to enhance or embellish the face and contribute to personal identity. Handmade beaded earrings always make a great heartwarming personal and unique gift. How do you decide which pair to purchase for which person? In this article, I will give you a few tips of how to choose the right pair of handmade earrings for whoever is on your gift list.
First of all, consider the color and length of the person’s hair. If she has long, dark hair, use light colors in beads or metallic beads. Dark beads tend to be less visible on a person who has dark hair. You need the lighter colors to stand out from the darker hair. If the person you are buying for has short hair, you have a bit more choices, but will also need to choose the right color to compliment her hair, length of neck, and skin tone.
If you know your friend’s preference in color of hardware, you are ahead of the game, however, most people who do not make handmade earrings have no idea about the tiny pieces of hardware that fit together to make a pair of earrings. You might still have to use your best judgment here or if you are very close to the person and have an idea of what kind of jewelry components make up a pair of earrings, show her the different kinds of earring findings and ask her what is her choice, then choose her gift accordingly.
Always consider the neck length of whoever will be receiving your gift of handmade earrings. It is true most people look good in a one inch dangle. Most of the dangle earrings I make are in this size range. I rarely make anything longer than one inch as this is my preference (I have a short neck). I will be making more of the longer lengths as well, not everybody has a short neck, yet even women with longer necks still look good in a one inch dangle. You really can’t go wrong with this size dangle as a gift for any size of neck. Stud earrings also compliment a woman with a short neck as well as a long neck.
The thing you want to avoid is choosing a 3-inch dangle for a woman who has a short neck. A woman with a swan-neck or long neck will look fabulous in the long chandelier and drop-chain styles as well as studs and the shorter styles.
The design of the earring is another factor to consider when purchasing gifts. Do you want to go with traditional beads on a head pin or dangles on a chain or do you want to venture out into more chic and unusual designs such as all wire and beads, big spirals, squiggly coils, geometric shapes or little wire-wrapped bundles. The variety in handmade earrings is endless.
Consider the age of the gift recipient. If she is under 20 she may really go for colorful, modern, theme-centric earrings while females over 40 sometimes don’t. Observe the styles she wears the most and go from there, or you can get creative and try to introduce her to a style similar to what she wears but still yet different in some way or another. Some people just stick to one style by habit and when introduced to something new find it refreshingly what they like instead of the old styles they been choosing.
Does the gift recipient seem to like or wear stones or crystals, chain or seed beads, shiny or matte finish? After you observe which it is or even ask what the gift recipient prefers then go shopping for something similar.
After you have considered some of these key areas you should be able to choose the perfect pair of gift earrings for just about any woman on your gift giving list.
Written by Connie Limon for Carmilita’s Handmade Jewelry
Bailey is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Christmas Collection of dangle earrings. She dangles a little more than one inch from the hook. Bailey’s focal point is the “lampwork” beads 12 mm. These are absolutely out of this world GORGEOUS Chinese Glass Beads. They have markings of gold splattered through the bead. Every time you turn your head and the light flickers through these beads it gives an illusion of a lamp shade with the light on inside, beautiful patterns of flowers light up behind the shade. Leave it to the Chinese artists to give us beautiful flower patterns in all designs!
These earrings say “holiday celebrations” for sure. They are appropriate for Christmas or New Year Party wear. They are appropriate for Holiday gift giving.
I chose the name “Bailey” for this pair of earrings in memory of the character in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life.” When you wear these earrings I suspect you will feel happy, gay, in the spirit of Christmas, and “it’s a wonderful life.” When I look at these earrings, they say all those things to me. The beads also resemble “Christmas Bells.”
2 silver plated french earring hooks
2 silver plated beaded bead caps 3 mm
2 silver filigree (cut-out) beads 3 mm
2 sparkling red Swarovski glass round faceted beads 6 mm
Bailey’s Price is $15 (includes shipping)
Purchase Bailey Here: Carmilita’s Handmade Jewelry