Trend Watch: Yellow Gold

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Gold NuggetGold is the penultimate classic.  Its seductive luster captivates us all.  Wars have been waged for gold.  Gold can drive a man crazy and cause a woman to faint.  Our desire for this shining, yellow ore transcends all barriers of our collective human existence.  Gold has been used throughout human history as a form a currency, in religious artifacts and as an adornment for our bodies.  And as we have discovered and created new metals and alloys that are prized and sought after, white gold, sterling silver, and platinum to name just a few, the trend of yellow gold has come and gone and come again.  No matter how long we stay away from the deep shining hues of yellow gold, we always return to its eternal glow.

Yellow Gold Collage

1. West Indian Gold Bangle by BetterJewelry 2. Eternity Ring Band by SargosJewelry 3. Tiny Gold Drop Earrings by FelisaJewelry  4. Gold Infinity Necklace by PyramidJewelry 5. Tree Trunk Men’s Cufflinks by WilsonBrothers

And as luck would have it, yellow gold is, once again, trending.  Gold is popping up everywhere, and it is glorious!  Personally, I have always been drawn to metals that are silver in colour, but with the amazing influx of creative and beautiful jewelry in yellow gold, I am becoming a convert!  I will definitely be adding some more yellow gold pieces to my jewelry collection soon!  Add some seductively beautiful gold to your personal jewelry and accessory collection with a few of the amazing pieces shown above, all made by incredibly talented Etsy artisans!

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Trend Watch: Stacking Rings

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Stacking Rings Collage1. Name & Birthstone Stacking Rings by RiverValleyJewelry 2. Cubic Zirconia Ring Set by WatchMeWorld 3. Birthstone Stack Rings by EleaJewelry  4. Hammered Gold Stacking Rings by NaturalAbstract  5. Triangle Stackable Rings by AquarianThoughts

 Stacking rings are super popular this year.  The endless variety and myriad of potential looks makes stacking rings an incredibly versatile option to consider adding to your accessory collection.  You can buy in a coordinated set or purchase them individually to make a unique group of rings.  The options seem never ending: birthstones, engraved, mixed metals, textured looks and more.  Combine any and all ring types together for some amazing looks.  Check out some great stacking ring sets in the photo collage above from some amazing Etsy Artisans!

Tutorial Tuesday: Layered Crystal Necklace

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Swarovski Crystal Layered NecklaceFor the first Tutorial Tuesday, I’d like to show you all how to make my Layered Swarovski Crystal Necklace from last week’s Trend Watch post!  I’d love to see what you all create using this tutorial, so post your creations in the comments section below!  I hope you all enjoy and please don’t hesitate to comment with questions you might have.

Layered Crystal Necklace                                                       Time: Approx. 20 min

 Materials & ToolsMaterials & Tools

  1. Lobster Clasp                                   1
  2. ¾ in. Hoop                                         2
  3. 6mm Bicone Crystals                    3
  4. 5mm Jump Rings                           6
  5. 22g Silver Wire                                8”
  6. 5mm curb chain                             10”
  7. 2.5mm cable chain                        18”
  8. Flat Nose Pliers
  9. Round Nose Pliers
  10. Wire Cutters

Instructions

1.  Cut your 5mm curb chain into two 5 inch pieces.

Step 22.  Take one piece of your 5-inch curb chain, and using your flat nose pliers, attach one end to your lobster clasp and the other end to your ¾ inch hoop. Repeat the process for the second piece of 5-inch curb chain, attaching to the second ¾ inch hoop and the tab end of your lobster clasp. At the end of this step, your pieces should look like the picture on the left.

3.  Cut your 2.5mm cable chain into six pieces. You will need two pieces of each length: 2-inch, 3-inch and 4-inch.

Step 44. Make three beaded, looped links using the 22 gauge wire and the 6mm bicone crystals. You can make basic loop-links or wire wrapped, closed links. If you are unsure how to make beaded looped and wire wrapped links, check out the great tutorials at artbeads.com

Step 55. Take your 2-inch pieces of cable chain and with your flat nosed pliers, attach one to each side of a beaded crystal link. Do the same with your 3-inch and 4-inch pieces of cable chain. At the end of this step, your pieces should look like the picture on the left.

Layered SC Necklace 16. Use your flat nose pliers to attach your shortest linked-chain and one of the ¾ inch hoops from step two using a 5mm jump ring. Attach the other send of the linked-chain to the second hoop using the same method.

7. Repeat step 6 with your medium length and longest linked-chains. As you attach the pieces, make sure the longer pieces are attached to the outside – this ensures that the layers hang properly and do not tangle.

Variations & Design Ideas

  • I chose to use Swarovski Crystals for a elegant look. But you can use this tutorial to make any style of layered necklace. By utilizing different beads and varying chain sizes, you can create a wide variety of layered necklace looks.
  • Try using chunky chains and no beads for an industrial, chic look!

Jewelry Makers’ Tips

  • Try using two sets of flat nose pliers. It makes the opening and closing of chains & jump rings a breeze!
  • If you’re like me and you make your own jump rings, don’t forget to work harden them with your pliers or with a dappling hammer.

Trend Watch: Layered Necklaces

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Layered Necklaces1. Gold Layer Necklace with Green Amethyst by Landon Lacey.  2. Black Rainbows Beaded Layer Necklace by Unique Creations BB.  3. Black Statement Necklace by Get Noticed.  4. Long Beaded Necklace by Via Minimalist.  5. Gold Double Strand Necklace w/Blue Crystals by Alin Yerushalmi.

This spring, everywhere I look, I see layered necklaces.  These beautiful jewelry pieces run a wide gambit of styles.  Multiple thin chains and delicate pendants mixed together look beautiful and feminine.  Heavier beaded necklaces in bold colours make a bolder statement.  No matter what style you choose to go with, the layered look seems perfect for accentuating lower springtime necklines.  In the photo collage above, you can see some of my favourite layered necklaces from some amazing Etsy artisans!

I’ve made a couple of sample layered necklaces to add to my personal collection.  The first necklace is made from a variety of small glass beads in varying shades of blue.  It measures approximately 48 inches in length and can be worn in several layered styles, including as a bracelet!  The second necklace features Swarovski Crystals in a green ombre colour scheme on delicate silver chains.  Remember, any of Poskett’s lovely pendant necklaces would be a great addition to your layered necklace look!