Tribal Jewelry Mix and Match: What’s Hot and What’s Not

Edgy and unique, tribal jewelry is the perfect addition to each season’s never-ending array of prints and patterns. Tribal jewelry can add a bohemian cool and ethnic intrigue even to the most basic ensembles. What’s great about wearing tribal jewelry is that it essentially brings freedom –you can stack pieces and mix & match colors depending on how you…

Victorian Futurism with Steampunk Jewelry

Mixing Victorian class with modern punk has never been imaginable until steampunk fashion came into existence. Coined from the word “steam” from the steam powered mechanics of the Victorian era and “punk” from the cyberpunk genre, steampunk fashion fosters fashion with a twist of science fiction. Steampunk jewelry portrays a glam-up side of hardwares like cogs, pocket watch parts…

Rethinking the Art of Jewelry Making

Ever wondered why some jewelry pieces call our attention, some simply don’t?

Let’s consider two approaches to learning jewelry making: as a craft, and as an art. A brief differentiation of each approach can help us align our preferred techniques with our ultimate design goal: create jewelry that gets noticed and sells..

Although I’m equally comfortable with both approaches, I’m more inclined with the…

Natural beads from a wild grass

Panyas is tropical grass plant with sword-shaped leaves and hard white spherical seeds that are used as natural seeds and nuts beads. Its seeds, also commonly known as “Job’s tears“, “Mary’s tears“, “bead plant“, or “tear drops“, take on the shape of tear droplets and are pearly white, or grayish in color. This wild grass is native to most tropical regions…

Lustrous shell cracking pendants for an elegant jewelry design

Sea mollusks (sea shells) have about them the natural luster and shine of sea water pearls. These outer coverings are made of calcium carbonate —the same mineral composition found in human and animal teeth and bones. It accounts for the shells’ natural durability against breaking when cut and shaped with metal tools. It can stand grinding and can be polished to…

Designer’s Fix: Tips on Overcoming the Creative Block

Ever faced a creative block? Like it or not, artists wrestle with these inescapable dry spells from time to time – times when you want to create, need to create, have to create, and you just can’t. For some, these frustrating episodes seem to stick around longer. Jewelry designers, likewise, struggle through such long, futile hours unable to find the…

Design tip: use silver components to enhance basic jewelry

Jewelry trends this season favor the sensual and classic styles with bigger pieces, bolder colors, and unique designs. Organic /natural materials continue to grace this cooler season with focus on the “fusion” looks —popularly, with sterling silver.

Here are some basic silver jewelry beads  and findings to complete your “fusion” designs:

An easy guide to “the effective use of color” in beaded jewelry designs

Color is practically the “lifeblood” of good design, in this case —beaded jewelry designs. Color can work for or against your design. Color can set the mood of a jewelry piece —as an example: use a playful mix of bright colors to express a “happy” design. The key, really, is to “combine” colors harmoniously in such that it attracts…