Short on cash and wanting to buy new jewelry? You can create your own much more cost effective than purchasing at retail prices. Bead earrings, bracelets and necklaces are easy to create. Practice yields excellent results. You will soon be so in love with your own jewelry designs, you will forget all about purchasing at retail prices again, and have much more color coordinated jewelry as well.
Lamp work beads are truly unique beads to work into jewelry pieces. Most lamp work beads are made by hand and customized precisely. If you are looking for something unusual and very different purchase some lamp work beads and begin crafting handmade jewelry.
Have you seen the add-a-pearl and add-a-bead necklaces and bracelets? Give a gift your friend or family member can continue adding their own choices. Start them off with a basic chain or bracelet with a pearl, bead or charm to coincide with the occasion. Each holiday, birthday or special event thereafter give those same people an additional charm or bead.
Here is a tip I bet you never thought of. Beeswax is great for calming down frizzy twine you might work with to make handmade jewelry. Rub a little beeswax on the twine for a smooth look and better manageability.
Have you eyes set upon a particular wedding band way over your budget? Buy something within your budget with a jeweler who provides buy-back programs and trade it in for the one you most want at a later time.
Shop for sales when shopping for jewelry making supplies. Many craft and bead stores offer discounts and sales sometimes up to 50% off. When you see the sales stock up on staples like buddy braids, specific types of beads, headpins, eye pins, even storage boxes go on sale from time to time.
Jewelry chosen properly will enhance your look. You want to choose jewelry pieces that complement your total look rather than overpower it.
Wondering what kind of jewelry to give your wife or girlfriend for special occasions? Consider the lifestyle or hobby of the person you intend to buy for. Does she dress conservatively with traditional classic clothing? You might decide to buy her a pair of diamond stud earrings, or a simple chain necklace. If she enjoys change and is constantly changing her look consider purchasing interchangeable pendants, stones or beads for a jewelry gift.
You can even select jewelry pieces that represent different emotions. It is said green colored gemstones represent growth and vitality. You might think about giving this color of jewelry to an expectant mother or a high school student graduate, even a college graduate.
It is said that white stones like opals, pearls and diamonds represent a sense of purity and peace, which is probably why engagement rings are usually diamonds.
If you make jewelry consider buying jewelry findings, fasteners, beads and other supplies in large quantities. Most craft jewelry retailers offer good discounts on large orders. Purchase pieces that can be used in a variety of designs.
Some jewelry makers like to recycle older vintage pieces of jewelry such as bracelets and necklaces using the beads for new designs. Go to any thrift store or Goodwill store and look around for older pieces of jewelry to find some great bargains on vintage beads to make new jewelry pieces.
Always keep in mind the brand name jewelry is not necessarily the best buys. The majority of people won’t even recognize the brand when you wear it. Put on a necklace, earrings or bracelet that really stands out on you and enhances your appearance and you will most likely get more compliments than for a brand name piece of jewelry that is just “blah-looking,” but from some brand in lines of jewelry or a particular retail outlet. I have seen some of the worst looking pieces of jewelry that come from a brand name retailer and some of the prettiest from a non-brand source. Of course, it can work either way.
These are just a few tips about buying, making and wearing jewelry. There are many, many more.
Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
Charis is a pair of dangle earrings I added to Carmilita’s Victorian Collection of dangle earrings. Charis dangles from the hook 2 inches. She is elegant and regal looking.
I assembled Charis from an earring kit.
2 Gold Plated Dangle Earrings
2 Gold Plated Filigree Drops
6 Gold Plaed Headpins
6 Gold Plated 5 mm Jump Rings
2 – 6 mm Gold Plated Scallop Bead Caps
2 Clear 6 mm Crystal Bicones
4 Turquoise 6 mm Round Czech Fire-Polished Beads
2 Pink 15 x 10 mm Crystal Teardrop Beads
Charis’s Price: $15 (includes shipping)
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Charis arrive to you ready for gift giving or for your own personal handmade beaded jewelry collection in an organza bag, wrapped securely and placed within a bubble envelope.
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