Handmade gemstone jewelry is a term used synonymously with beaded jewelry made from gemstones. Typically the gemstones will have two holes for wire or thread to pass through. Cut stones commonly used in engagement rings are not usually handmade gemstone jewelry. However, diamonds, rubies and emeralds cut extremely round and small may be seen in some types of handmade jewelry.
The two main types of gemstones used in handmade gemstone jewelry are larger stones that can be cut into a variety of shapes either round, square, oval, twisted, and hammered stones. The hammered stones are commonly size 4 mm to 20 mm wide. The hammered stones are seen most common in chunkier styles of gemstone jewelry.
Fine faceted gemstones are usually round, briolette and rondelle in shape cut especially fine for the extra sparkle. You will find these gemstones in sizes ranging from 2 mm to 7 mm. The faceted types are very delicate. We see the faceted gemstones used mainly to create earrings, necklaces, bracelets, pins, and hair jewelry. Headpins of various colors and materials are the foundation pieces to many styles of earrings. Wire wrapping is also a common technique using faceted gemstones to create delicate and petite looking handmade jewelry pieces.
How to choose the right sort of gemstone for you:
A larger build person obviously can more easily wear larger pieces of jewelry having the “chunky gemstones” as focal points. The tinier finer gemstones are sometimes worked within these chunky pieces as well to create a fabulous looking necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings that a larger build person can easily wear beautifully.
Many people prefer an organic look in jewelry collections. There is a beautiful range of large rough looking nugget gemstones that create exquisite looking jewelry. Some jewelry artisans may even mix in a few rubies, sapphires or emerald gemstones. You should keep in mind that the chunkier styles of jewelry are going to be heavier to wear as earrings, bracelets and necklaces or hair jewelry. If you are a person with very thin or fine hair you may not be able to use the heavier types of jewelry.
For the petite ladies, the smaller faceted sparkling gemstones styles are beautiful. Mix in some expensive rubies, emeralds and sapphires here and there with the sparkling gemstones and you have created a fabulous one of a kind look in jewelry accessories. Cut gemstones like those used in engagement rings are not the only types of expensive gems that can be blended in with the finely cut gems. Rubies and emeralds in a bead style make exquisite looking stones to be used in handmade jewelry pieces.
The wide variety of colors in gemstones attracts many people. There is lots of choice in gorgeous stones of many different colors to fall in love with. Handmade gemstone jewelry may quickly take the place with you of the more expensive types of jewelry on the market today.
by: Connie Limon
This is a bracelet and pair of earrings that goes to a set of 3, necklace, bracelet and earrings I am working on now for my Etsy Shop. I am planning to make the necklace today. This set is done in fall colors, but can be worn at any time. Visit my Etsy Shop here: Carmilita’s Earrings