Gift giving Two Fold

I wanted to share this great review about jewellery making – more specifically earrings – and had a wonderful epiphany. This book can meet two kinds of needs in the gift department. First you  could gift the book to that friend who likes to make jewellery or secondly you can use the book to make your own earrings for gifts to your friends. Fabulous.


Earrings, Earrings, Earings
This book is great fun as a resource and idea book for inspiration! The photos and directions for duplicating projects are clear for the novice or experienced header wanting to create a pair of earrings as shown. Clear and easy to follow instructions, a picture of every project, and an extensive/informative buyer’s guide make this book a “must have” for those just starting out making jewellery. Inspirational and encourages embellishment to make the design your own.
Earrings, Earrings, Earrings can be a learning text for the beginner to intermediate jewellery makers and a resource for inspiration and unique artist made beads and supplies. Full of inspiring designs for the beginning and intermediate jewellery maker. At the front of the book, the author provides the basic steps to creating loops, wrapped loops, etc. through clear written instructions and photographs. Each earring project has a list of materials and written step by step directions.
Working with beads is a popular hobby for people of many ages. A few basic techniques make these earrings a snap to create, with fashionable results. These original designs are perfect for every day and easy enough that you will feel confident making and wearing them to work, school, dinner or a show. Change your outfit, change your look, or make quick gifts with a few leftover beads. Basic wire, stringing and crimping techniques are used for 71 beginner or intermediate level projects. Posts, hoops, short and long dangles are shown, along with 12 sets including bracelets and necklaces. Includes a step-by-step photo how-to section and a visual glossary of terms. 176 pages, all colour.

Title Earrings, Earrings, Earrings!
Authors and contributors By (author) Barb Switzer
Physical propertiesFormat: Paperback
Number of pages: 176
Width: 203 mm
Height: 273 mm
Thickness: 6 mm
Weight: 544 g



ISBNISBN 13: 9781592172498
ISBN 10: 1592172490
ClassificationsBISAC category code: CRA014000
Nielsen BookScan Product Class: T11.6
LC classification: TT
BICMainSubject: WF
BICMainSubject: AF
Dewey: 745.582
BISAC category code: CRA048000

Illustrations noteillustrations
PublisherIndependent Pub Group
Publication date30 June 2009
Publication City/CountryGB

10 Fine Jewellery Trends for 2013

Jewellery trends are derived from 3 Rs; real life, runaway, and red carpet. We have compiled a list of latest jewellery trends through our research of new styles seen at shows and appointments, top looks at awards shows, and runaway fashions for spring. Subtle Drop Earrings: These can make a bigger statement compared to the studs of last year. They even coordinate perfectly with various fashion silhouettes, so the drop earring is a hot jewellery trend this year. We get to observe some petite drop earrings at the Golden Globe Awards last year. They offer flouncy and romantic effects to your outfits and complement nicely with your spring’s full skirts.

Emerald: This precious gemstone has always been a favorite choice of celebrities, and it has been used widely by designers throughout the world in their fashion collections. Additionally, Gemfields, an international mining firm is aiming to make the Emeralds even more popular.

Snakes: It is the year of snake according to Asian calendar. With the Serpenti collection, Bulgari is already on trend, and lots of independent jewellery manufacturers and designers are prepared to serve up chic serpent and stylized rattlesnake jewels that customers demand.

Black and White: The black and white colors never go out of fashion. In jewellery, the black and white bodes well for the diamonds, and stunning colored gemstones such as white topaz, onyx, black spinel, colorless rock crystal, and many more.

Cabochons: We saw plenty of them in last year’s jewellery week. The Cabochon cuts let enthusiasts to revel in various colored gemstones that have many inclusions to facet, which makes them a bit inexpensive. Moreover, they make a perfect match with the casual clothes of spring like denim, loose-fitting pants, and slouchy suits.

Drusy: There was plenty of drusy at the Jeweler of America show, AGTA Spectrum Awards and jewellery week last year. The crystal-dusted, flat-backed minerals features an organic look that lots of customers love, is comparatively less expensive, and is available in an array of colors.

Brass, Bronze and Well-Made Costume: This spring is ruled by the casual couture, making space for slouchy silhouettes, denim, earthy materials, and well-made, well-placed costume jewel. The current economy has opened up room for costume jewels throughout the nation.

Hair Ornaments: Think hairbands and barrettes, but also crowns and tiaras. Perhaps you may say impractical. But they are fun and youthful, and available more widely as many designers are making them. These ornaments can be the ideal statements to top off the spring’s gossamer and sheer looks that offer whimsical effects to the body, and a fancy headpiece can be the right jewellery accessory.

Estate: Customers are being directed to vintage stock by the retailers to get great deals on fine gemstones, wedding sets, period looks, and many more. And the revival of Art Deco look in 2012 has attracted customers to discover those styles having long-lasting appeal.

Chinoiserie: (a French term, signifying “Chinese-esque”) We saw Asian motifs on the spring runways, and they have appeared in jewellery in the form of cherry blossom motifs, jade, bamboo motifs, and many more. It has been several years that we are seeing tassels in lines, and we will see them for many years in future.