Opinion Poll: Jewelry Sets – Matching or Not Matching?

Opinion Poll: Jewelry Sets - Matching or Not Matching?

What’s your approach to jewelry sets? Do you prefer a set of matching pieces, or mixing it up a bit? I’ve come up with these three “matching levels” for jewelry items that are worn together: 1) Completely Matching Jewelry: Pieces that are made with identical materials and techniques, and look noticeably alike. Example of completely […]

Trend: Good Luck Charm Jewelry

Good luck charms

Many people like wearing jewelry that they consider to be a “good luck charm”. It gives them a feeling of confidence, empowerment, and safety in an unpredictable world. Many also believe that this special token gives them an edge for performance tasks like job interviews, taking tests, or participating in sports. What elements might make […]

What’s on Your Jewelry Work Table Right Now?

Czech Glass Daisy and Brass Earrings by Rena Klingenberg

What kind of jewelry are you making right now? I’ve really been getting into creating earrings with Czech glass beads – particularly beads with a Picasso finish. The colors are fabulous and I’m having so much fun designing with them! And I’d love to hear . . . What are you working on right now? […]

Ribbon Necklaces for Spring and Summer

Ribbon Necklaces

Ribbon necklaces are an easy way to add colorful, breezy style to warm-weather outfits. In addition to using solid-color ribbons, it’s also fun to design jewelry with novelty ribbons that are printed with anything from polka-dots to plaids to stripes! You can add a clasp to the ends of your ribbon, or simply tie the […]

Color Schemes for the 2013 Color of the Year


Pantone has just announced its 2013 Color of the Year: A green called “Emerald”. Pantone says Emerald is “Lively, radiant, lush … a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance, and harmony.” I’ve put together some color schemes for Emerald, as a jump-starter for jewelry design ideas. In each of […]