Necklace from Gifts under $30.00 Website

May 14, 2013

Necklace from Gifts under $30.00 Website

Lovely navy blue Dumortierite gemstone with light green crystals and sterling silver clasp.


Designs for Pantone Spring 2011 Fashion Colors

February 16, 2011

Pantone Spring 2011 Fashion Colors

My last article was about the new Spring 2011 Pantone fashion colors. Since I wrote that article, as a jewelry designer specializing in gemstone beads I’ve been thinking about what jewelry to wear with these new colors. Well, I’ve decided to combine my best-selling necklace design, tweak it a little bit, and add some of my best-selling gemstone colors.

Tin cup style necklaces

Here they are. These are easy to wear with just about all of the colors, easy to adjust the wearing length of the shorter necklaces, and easy on the pocketbook since I’ve limited the amount of sterling silver used. Most of them use dark gemstones that will highlight this spring’s colors. The Rose Quartz necklaces will look smashing with darker pinks, blues, and brown.

From top to bottom, the gemstones used are:
A – Blue Labradorite rounds. Each bead was handpicked to present the most schiller or the play of color as the gemstone is moved in the light. (21 in long with 2in extender).
B – Rose Quartz rounds with light green Serpentine butterflies (20 in long with 2in extender).
C – Dark Blue Dumortierite ovals and rounds (26 in long).
D – Dark Blue Dumortierite coins and rounds with silvery freshwater pearl potato beads (19.5 in long).
E – Rose Quartz faceted ovals and rounds (27 in long).
F – Dark Blue Dumortierite nuggets and rounds (26 in long).
G – Blue Crazy Lace Agate coins, rounds and ovals (24 in long).
H – Manmade Blue Goldstone twist ovals and faceted rounds (21 in long with 2in extender).

Being a garden-type girl from way back I’m always interested in anything spring whether it’s plants, trees, and shrubs for the outdoors, or new clothing, colors, and jewelry for spring. Jewelry can make an outfit come to life and also set the tone for the outfit – whether formal or informal. I also know that many women have to wear “uniforms” to work and only certain style of jewelry is allowed so I have designed these pieces to be very wearable whether you must wear a blue or brown suit or you can wear more stylish clothing. Since the cost of sterling silver keeps going up and up I have limited the amount of sterling silver in these pieces as well.

Better pictures and fuller descriptions of the jewelry and gemstones will be available on my website,

This simple type of necklace with gemstones spaced along the wire with high-quality glass seedbeads from Japan (many with special finishes) is definitely my best-selling style. It’s a cross between the tincup style which uses knotted thread and a station necklace using chain links. In thinking back over what gemstones have sold the best for me, dark blue gemstones whether natural, such as Dumortierite, or manmade, such as blue goldstone, have been my best sellers. I can see why since dark blue looks well with just about any other color except perhaps black. Also, dark blue sapphire Swarovski crystals sell well as bracelets and in necklaces. Come to think about it, I’ve read that blue is the most popular color.

Pantone Fashion Colors for Spring 2011

January 19, 2011

Oh, I just been looking at Pantone’s Fashion Spring 2011 colors and I am in heaven!

After such a terrible year with all of the political animosity, killings, war, the downturn in the economy, it’s such a relief to see beautiful spring colors. These colors truly lift my spirit and for the first time in quite a while I am actually interesting in shopping for clothing again. I can’t wait to wear a blouse or a jacket in Honeysuckle, a suit or skirt in Regatta, shoes is Russet (on my computer it has pink undertones), a handbag or scarf in Coral Rose, anything in Peapod (a beautiful light blue-green), and a skirt or handbag in Beeswax. Of course I wouldn’t wear all those colors in one outfit. Perhaps one or two colors together, especially in a handbag or shoes and skirt. As I have “summer coloring”, most of these are “my colors”.

As a jewelry designer I am wondering what jewelry would we wear with these lovely spring colors. I actually left out a four colors: Silver Peony, Blue Curacao, Lavender, and Silver Cloud. Well, Blue Curacao could easily pass for turquoise and turquoise can be used with all of the six colors I mentioned in my first paragraph. Iespecially like turquoise with Coral Rose and with Beeswax. Hmmm, Beeswax looks a lot like Citrine gemstone! Citrine is a lighter tint and is transparent. Citrine with Regatta would be elegant, and Citrine with gray Silver Cloud would be a more modern, edgy look.

Silver Peony looks a lot like Rose Quartz (a lovely, soft pink gemstone) which would look great with Honeysuckle, Regatta, Peapod, and Russet. I think pink and brown look smashing together.

Lavenderspring color reminds me so much of the Tanzanite gemstone and could also pass for Amethyst in its many incarnations. I’m thinking of the pale Amethyst sometimes called “Rose de France”. Also Swarovski Elements have a Tanzanite color. I would wear a Tanzanite or Amethyst necklace or earrings with Honeysuckle. Also, why not wear Lavender with Coral Rose for a modern look.

Gray as in Silver Cloud is still popular. Of course, jewelry designers think of that color as the color of silver which is still the most popular metal today. Russet, though, reminds me of the vintage brass that is very much in demand by certain circles.

I could go on and on about how to wear these wonderful Spring colors, but I would also like to hear from you.

Asymmetrial Apatite Necklace

January 6, 2011

Apatite Necklace-CEN StudiosRecently I was looking through some of my older jewelry designs and I found a beautiful Apatite necklace. I carefully viewed it from a design standpoint and thought it needed tweaking. So I took one part of it apart and restrung it. Now it looks perfect to my eye.

I tend to like balanced asymmetry which goes back to my garden design days. The original design had too many of the rectangles making it appear heavy on the rectangle side. Now both sides are not the same but balance each other weight-wise.

Because nice Apatite is a rare gemstone, and it is difficult to find large gemstone beads, this necklace comes out at just under $100.00.  It doesn’t have too large gemstones, though; the flat rectangles are approximately 12×16 mm. I have a large closed ring as the centerpiece with gemstones and TierraCast’s “Spirit” bead attached to it.

This Apatite is dark blue with swirly darker and lighter blues. I even see a little sparkle in some stones. This shade of blue lookes nice with gray-green top. It also looks great against black, red, and brown.

Some information I’ve found about Apatite:

Apatite is a rare semi-precious gemstone. Colors range from yellow to green or brown and to colorless, violet or blue. Some of the blues show chatoyancy and can be cut as cat’s eyes. I’ve noticed some sparkle in the gemstone as well. It can be found as transparent to opaque and might have streaks of white to yellow-gray.  It has a soft vitreous luster. The name apatite is from the Greek word to deceive because this gem was often confused with other minerals. Apatites are found in Brazil, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mexico, Myanmar, Norway, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the United States. Care for apatite is similar to that for opals as it is heat and shock sensitive.