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Spring’s Hottest Jewelry Trends Are All About Being Extra

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Get ready for the return of maximal jewelry.

from Harper’s Bazaar

Dainty necklaces and classic hoops have been ruling the accessory scene for quite some time. But this spring, it's time to have some fun with your jewelry. From dripping, blinged out crystals to '80s hearts and seashells galore, this season's hottest jewelry trends are playful and unapologetically bold. Give your wardrobe an instant update with the help of these standout pieces to start shopping now.


Bling It On

Dripping crystal jewelry first made an appearance on the Spring 2019 runways and quickly took over Instagram.


Modern Pearls

Pearls are back, but this season's are nothing like your grandmother's pearls. From delicate pearl hoops to ear cuffs and sculptural bracelets, the classic piece is getting a modern, reimagined update for spring.

'80s Hearts

Show some love in the form of chunky, oversized heart earrings. From the runways of Balenciaga and Escada to the cool girls of Instagram, the '80s-inspired trend is already proving to be one of the season's most fun.

By The Sea

The shell jewelry craze isn't slowing down anytime soon. This nostalgic jewelry trend is here to stay for the warm weather.


Be sure to contact me if you are looking for something specific – I specialize in custom designs!

Repurposing Meaningful Objects into New Jewelry

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Years ago my father gave me a necklace, one that I loved at the time, but after a while, it was no longer in style!  It was a beautiful and large cloisonné bead with a peacock design on a silk cord.

Once I started bead weaving, I looked through my things for anything important to me to see if I could give it an updated look.  I pulled out the pendant and thought a beaded bezel would work.

Here's how the pendant looks now...


Now all it needs is a beaded rope!  I love it!!

If you have a piece you would like reworked -- a brooch, and earring or just a bead -- contact me!  I'll come up with a solution for you and I guarantee you'll be pleased!


What is Bead Weaving?

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"Got the Blues" Peyote stitch bracelet   

"Got the Blues" Peyote stitch bracelet


Bead weaving is the use of seed beads (a generic term for any small bead) that are woven on a loom or off-loom by using one or a number stitches.  The techniques for bead weaving were invented long ago by Native American women for decorative adornment.  Many of the original stitches such as peyote and Cheyenne (brick stitch) are still in use today.

Off-loom bead weaving is what I use in creating my jewelry.  Seed beads combined with pearls, crystals and Czech fire-polished beads are stitched together with thread with one or two needles to create the various textures and patterns you see in my pieces — which are inspired by nature and seasonal colors.

Recently I used a combination of bead weaving and bead embroidery to create a necklace I called “Dragonfly Dreamer.”  The focal bead inspired me because the town in which I live is well known for its large variety of dragonflies.  This piece has just been published in the June/July 2018 issue of Bead & Button magazine!

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I love the challenge of selecting beads, and coming up with a brand new piece of jewelry to wear or to share with you.

Beading is my happy place!