How One Creative Christmas Became a Celebration in Giving!

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Aaaahhh Christmas, how I love thee! You bring joy, cheer and magic into our lives. You warm our hearts and inspire us to give. You remind us that it truly does feel better to give, than to receive and this year especially, I was touched by this enchanting feeling more deeply than ever.

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Kashi’s all smiles next to this homemade giving tree!

We’re lucky enough to be able to walk to the post office each day to ship the packages full of sparkles to all of our wonderful customers. While we were on our way back, we passed by a house in our neighborhood who had created a giving tree. This absolutely warmed my heart! What a fabulous idea! There were hats, gloves, treats and knick-knacks hanging from the tree and more goodies in the box below. “The Giving Tree” was my favorite book growing up and I instantly felt like a kid again!

As we walked home, my heart was full and I was inspired to give more this year!

I thought about what I could do to bring a smile to someones face and infuse a little more joy into their hearts… and then it hit me…

I could give the gift of SPARKLES – SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS OF COURSE!

I actually make and give Swarovski Crystal jewelry and sun catchers beaded to hang in windows every year to friends and family, so I thought, how can I get a little more creative this year?

How about, instead of me making the crystals for my friends (who lived in town), what if we all got together and had a Crystal Creating Celebration?! (P.S. If you mention Crystals and Celebration in the same sentence, you’ve got a winner & people will flock!)

It doesn’t have to be Christmas to do this with your friends. This is a fun and unique idea to celebrate any occasion, Birthdays, Bridal Showers, Bachelorette Parties, Promotions, Graduations, New Homes, Thank You/Appreciations, and/or just because you want to spend time with the ones you care about!

Needless to say…we had a ball!

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It can certainly get very busy around this time of year and spending time with the ones you care about (and who care about you) well, there’s really nothing better!

So I gathered up a variety of Swarovski Crystal Beads, Pendants, Pearls, along with tools, and findings from Harmony’s little Crystal work shop ;-)…and away I flew!

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It’s a Christmas Crystal Creating Celebration! This amount of fun seems downright criminal!  🙂

I landed at one of my best girlfriends house and just look at all this Christmas cheer!

We set our Christmas Crystal Crafting table up…

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Let the creativity begin…

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With so many beautiful Swarovski sparkles, it’s hard to know where to begin!

I learned that this can actually be quite a daunting task for some people who don’t bead regularly. I suggested a couple of tactics;

Choose Your Favorite Styles

Look at every style you see and choose your absolute favorites. What jumps out to you? Grab it and set it aside to create a pile in front of your own work station. This way, you won’t be so overwhelmed and you can begin with your most beloved.

You may hear things like, they’re just to pretty, they’re ALL my favorite! I hear you ladies! I’m in the same boat! So if that’s the case, then…

Choose your Favorite Styles Within Similar Color Combinations

Think about who you are making your gift for, (or for yourself). Feel their personality, think about where they might want to hang it in their house and what colors would represent them and/or their home the best. Then choose colors that express their personality. This helps tremendously and it’s extra special to think about that person, hold them in your heart while you’re creating something for them that you know they will LOVE!

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Helpful Tip: Arrange Your Boxes of Crystal Beads and Pearls in Similar Color Combinations

I store my crafting supplies in these easy to use bins. I find it so helpful to easily move them from room to room (or house to house). Wherever I will be doing my projects for that time, whether it’s outside on a nice sunny day, on the couch watching a movie with my hubby or at my girlfriends house. Wherever I go, my Crystals go with me….do I have a problem?? Nah …we’ll call it passion…I’m just extremely passionate 🙂

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Making Swarovski Crystal Sun Catchers

The gorgeous rainbows created by a Swarovski Crystal is what inspired my parents to call our family business “Rainbows of Light” Hang your Swarovski Crystal Pendants or Prisms in the window or car and watch the Rainbows of Light dance about. One of my best girlfriends refers to that special time of day when the sun catches the crystal just right, she calls it “Rainbow Power Hour!”

It brightens her life and makes a sunny day even more special!

This warms my heart beyond measure, to know that every day she is uplifted. Some of my earliest memories is helping my parents make beaded Crystal Sun Catchers. As a family, we would sell these at arts and craft fairs. My absolute favorite memories would be to watch peoples eyes instantly Light Up from all the rainbows!

It’s pure joy and completely infectious!

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Here’s my Dad with his Dad at his Crystal booth. Those smiles say it all!

I wanted to shar with you the deep rooted history I have with all of this because this day with my girlfriends, making sun catchers and seeing their faces and hearts light up, brought back so many special memories for me. I felt as though everything was coming full circle. The loving spirit in which my parents started this business, it wasn’t just a business, it was a way of life for all of us. Our whole family nurtured it in different ways. It has been this magical source of energy, always growing, evolving and above all, continually giving. This was the powerful energy that was instantly renewed in me that day.

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As we continued to create, the hours flew by, filling the house and our hearts with laughter and friendship. Before we knew it, her hubby came home and brought a few friends home with him. One girl, who I met for the first time, saw our craft table and was naturally intrigued. We said, come join us! She said, no that’s OK I’ve never beaded before so I’ll just sit a watch you. Well… I told you it’s infectious, the crystals are just too magnetic because literally not 5 minutes passed before she said , wow this looks like so much fun, I would LOVE to try and make one! My heart leapt for joy (again)

Then I hear a hubby say “I wish we were having as much fun as you ladies are!” Can you say, music to my ears!

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A Newbie to Beading, and Now She’s a Lifer!

Here’s the Sun Catcher that she made and I always love to see how unique everyone’s creative is. I would have never thought to combine these colors together and it’s beautiful! She kept holding it in the light and each time her smile would grow. As her smile grew, my my heart grew!

She used various Swarovski Crystal Beads in Erinite, Emerald, Jet and Crystal Golden Shadow. The larger Crystals include the 5556 Galactic Beads in Crystal Golden Shadow and Crystal Copper. The 5650-16mm Cubist Bead, along with many 5810 6mm  and 8mm Swarovski Pearls in Brown and Bronze. She ended it very creatively by using the 3231-28mm two hole Oval Sew On Stone in Emerald attached to the 6620-40mm Avant Garde Pendant in Crystal Copper.

She showed her hubby and it was so cute to see how much he lit up too! (Yes, even the toughest of men can enjoy beautiful sparkles). I could hear them saying, WOW where should we hang it? It would look great in our kitchen window…or maybe in our dinning room with all the natural light. My girlfriends’ hubby chimes in and says, we have one hanging in our kitchen window and I love it because every morning I come down and see all the rainbows shining in the room and it’s a great way to start the day. I was actually shocked, I’ll reiterate…this was a GROWN MAN who loves football, grilling out and all kinds of manly things, saying this! I LOVED it!

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New Sparkling Swarovski Designs

A very popular home, jewelry and fashion trend is the color gray. They say, gray is the new black. This is a sun catcher another friend made with gray tones such as Swarovski  Crystal Silver Shade and Black Diamond crystals, along with Light Grey, Platinum and she threw in a few Brown Pearls for a little contrast. It turned out beautifully!

The larger stones include the Swarovski Crystal 5523-12mm Cosmic Beads, the 5590-10mm wing Bead, 5650-16mm Cubist Bead, 5328-4mm Xilion Bicone Beads and the large Crystal at the bottom is the 6680-40mm Cosmic Pendant in Crystal Silver Shade. I used a Clear Crystal Rhodium Head Pin to put through the hole at the top then looped it around to hold in place. This gave it a gorgeous finishing touch.

Swarovski Pearls are an excellent product to bring to your Crystal Creating Party because of so many reasons. They are beautiful, their pearlescent coating is extremely durable, they have a crystal center that gives them weight, there are a huge variety of color options and they are (whisper this next word) inexpensive! (SSSHHH, that’s our little secret. They’ll never know)

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Giving Truly is Receiving!

Here is the sun catcher that my friend made for her Mom. It was so long that the actual Prism at the bottom was cut off, but I’m sure you can imagine the beauty  🙂 Her Mom collects Swarovski Ornaments and she had so much fun giving it to her the next week she visited. Her Mom Absolutely LOVED it!

Here is one of the nicest thank you’s I’ve ever received…

“I just wanted you to know the joy you have spread. My mom pretty much peed her pants with the gift of sparkles. She keeps sending me texts to show how pretty it is throughout the day. Here’s a pic for you. Thank you again for this precious gift of time and generosity with these amazing crystals. You da best! Much Love!”

Doesn’t this just warm your heart!

When you give from your heart, people feel it and appreciate the time and energy you put into making something special just for them. It doesn’t have to be much, it just needs to come from your heart.

I didn’t want, or expect anything in return because I had already been given the gift of giving, but look at this beautiful platter that magically appeared on my doorstep the next day…

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How sweet is this?! She knows me too well, I just LOVE it so much!

I found a special place for it in my kitchen and now her gift is the one that brightens my day!

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The gift of genuine friendships, is certainly a gift that keeps on giving!

This Christmas I wanted to give gifts with a lasting nature. Gifts that warm your heart and remind us of special times. Gifts that keep on giving. In turn, I received some of the greatest gifts of all. The warm and delightful gift of giving.

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Keep Smiling & Keep Shining!
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Signs It Will Be A Sparkling Spring!

New Swarovski Crystal Spring Summer Innovations and Trends Progressive

Early Signs It Will be a Sparkling Spring!

Crystal lovers and designers are already gearing up for spring! Awe Spring…how we love thee! Spring has not sprung quite yet, but this year (especially) seams that people are more than ready to welcome Spring in and all its’ rays of glory!

In the last two weeks people have been coming out of the woodwork scooping up all kinds of Swarovski Crystal Styles and Colors that are absolutely perfect for Spring.

Just the thought of Spring gets our colorful & creative juices flowing overtime, so here are some of the most popular Crystals to get you in the mood!

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Provence-Lavender Chrysolite Blend is an exceptionally lovely two-toned color blended to perfection. Swarovski’s has infused it’s timeless distinction into this graceful shade, bringing the best of both influences into one element that is absolutely ideal for all of your Spring jewelry designs.

Swarovski Crystal 6106 Pearshape Pendant Aquamarine blue color

 Aquamarine is the March birthstone color which is an exquisite hue of soft Caribbean blue water reflecting a crystal transparency, resulting in a beautiful pastel azure-like quality.

Swarovski Crystal Aquamarine 5601 Cube Beads

Swarovski Crystal BeadsPendants and Pearls have a timeless elegance that is essential for creating stylish and dynamic jewelry.

Swarovski Crystal Cube Necklace Design Inspiration

The 5601 Swarovski Crystal Cube beads have re surged in popularity in the recent years. People are creating all kinds of trendy jewelry, such as these types of Sex-In-The-City inspired necklaces.

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5601-4mm Cube Beads in Rose and Amethyst.

Swarovski Crystal 5328 Xilion Bicone Beads in Violet  Swarovski Crystal 5328 Xilion Bicone Beads in Violet Opal

Swarovski Crystal 5328 Xilion Bicone Beads in Violet and Violet Opal

Violet is a lovely pastel purple and Violet Opal is a soft, ethereal type of purple with an opalescent color mixed in. Both are quintessential spring colors.

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Swarovski Crystal Violet and Violet Opal Bicone beaded bracelet Design Inspiration

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Swarovski Crystal 5328 Xilion Bicone Beads in Violet AB and Violet AB 2X

If you’re a gal who enjoys a bit more sparkle in your life, the Violet AB is coated on half of the bead for a charming iridescent shine.

Now if you’re a gal who really likes to go big with her bling, then the Violet AB 2X is perfect for you! You’ve got the hole enchilada covered here baby, with a spectacular array of shimmering colors which simply put, is a feast for your eyes!

Swarovski Crystal Mint Alabaster Bracelet Design Inspiration

Swarovski Crystal 5000 Round Beads in Mint Alabaster Bracelet Design Inspiration 

Mint Alabaster is a unique crystal in that it is a solid opaque, green color in a soft pastel tone. Mint green became a popular jewelry and wedding trend last year and continues to captivate our attention.

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This minty marvel is a flawless Spring and Summer hue and if you like that special touch of sparkle, the Mint Alabaster AB is scrumptious!

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Swarovski Crystal 5754 Butterfly Beads and 5744 Flower Beads

Nothing says Spring more than butterflies and flowers! These delightful styles are a sweet reflection for our love of nature. As the colorful flowers blossom and the beautiful butterflies flutter about, there seams to be magic in the air.

Swarovski Crystal Spring Beacelet Design and Instructions

Swarovski Crystal “Spring Meadow” Bracelet Design and Instructions

Awaken from winter’s slumber to spring’s fresh bounty, reflected in a bracelet that breathes new beginnings. Daintily crafted crystal shades of emerald, fern, and chartreuse with flashes of coral, cherry, and crimson, are set off with delicate Easter eggs of tactile smoothness. Featured elements include 6754 Butterfly Pendants, 6744 Flower Pendants, 6028 Xilion Oval Pendants and 5810 Swarovski Neon Pearls.

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Swarovski Crystal 5328 Xilion Bicone Beads in Crystal Luminous Green and 5000 Round Beads in Chrysolite Champagne

If you’re looking for unique spring colors to incorporate in your jewelry designs, these two coatings express a graceful combination of two ideal spring tones, green and yellow.

They both have a light green base, blended with soft yellowish hues, topped of with a splash of sparkle. This delightful union is unique, subtle, and stylish, and would be a divine compliment to your Spring creations.

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Keep Smiling and Keep Sparkling!

Harmony and Kashi

Harmony with her favorite furry buddy, wonder girl Kashi!

Free Swarovski Crystal “Frozen Florets” Necklace Design & Instructions!

Free Swarovski Crystal Necklace Design and Instructions

“Frozen Florets”

This sparkling statement necklace is a gorgeous piece to add to your collection or make as a beautiful handmade gift.

The newest Swarovski crystal colors: Crystal Light Chrome and Crystal Scarabaeus Green complement an extra elegance for the Holiday Season or a special occasion.

DIY Free Design and Instructions Swarovski Crystal Necklace Frozen Florets

SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS

Swarovski 2304 Swarovski Crystal Flatback Crystal Silver Night

2304-10 x 2.8mm 3 pieces of Swarovski Crystal Raindrop Flatbacks HotFix in Crystal Silver Night. (please contact me for details)

2304-14 x 3.9mm 6 pieces Swarovski Crystal Raindrop Flatbacks HotFix in Crystal Silver Night. (please contact me for details)

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3210-16 x 11mm 2 pieces of Swarovski Crystal Light Chrome Oval Sew On Stones.

3210-24 x 17mm 1 piece of Swarovski Crystal Light Chrome Oval Sew On Stones.

3210-16 x 11mm 1 piece of Swarovski Crystal Silver Night Oval Sew On Stones. (please contact me for details)

3210-24 x 17mm 1 piece of Swarovski Crystal Silver Night Oval Sew On Stones. (please contact me for details)

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3230-18 x 10.5mm 1 piece of Swarovski Crystal Light Chrome Oval Sew On Stones. (please contact me for details)

3230-28 x 17mm 4 pieces of Swarovski Crystal Light Chrome Oval Sew On Stones. (please contact me for details)

3230-18 x 10.5mm 3 pieces of Swarovski Crystal Silver Night Oval Sew On Stones. (please contact me for details)

3230-28 x 17mm 2 pieces of Swarovski Crystal Silver Night Oval Sew On Stones. (please contact me for details)

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5045-4mm 2 pieces of Swarovski Crystal Scarabaeus Green New Rondelle Beads

5045-6mm 1 piece of Swarovski Crystal Scarabaeus Green New Rondelle Beads

5045-8mm 2 pieces of Swarovski Crystal Scarabaeus Green New Rondelle Beads

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5810-8mm 1 piece of Swarovski Crystal Scarabaeus Green Pearl

5810-10mm 1 piece of Swarovski Crystal Scarabaeus Green Pearl

67472/19 – 30mm 1 piece Crystal Silver Shade and Black Diamond Pave Pendants (please contact me for details)

67472/02 – 20mm 1 piece Crystal Silver Shade and Jet Hematite Pave Pendants (please contact me for details)

DIY Free Design and Instructions Swarovski Crystal Necklace Frozen Florets Step 1

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DIY Free Design and Instructions Swarovski Crystal Necklace Frozen Florets

Step by Step Instructions:

STEP 1: Print and cut out the flower pattern from our illustration in this step.

STEP 2: Cut two 16x14cm long pieces of Alcantara fabric and a fusible interlining of the same size. Layer the interlining in between the Alcantara pieces and iron them.

STEP 3: Affix the flower pattern on top of Alcantara fabric piece using double sided tape and cut out the pattern.

STEP 4: Place Swarovski Flat Backs Hotfix art. 2304 14×3.9mm and 10×2.8mm Crystal Silver Night onto the Alcantara pattern and place the transfer film over the Swarovski Flat Backs Hotfix to prevent them from moving (see illustration with this step).

STEP 5: Iron on top of the transfer film and slowly remove the film to see if the Swarovski Flat Backs Hotfix crystals have adhered onto the fabric.

STEP 6: Cut one 7mm piece of chain, two 10mm pieces and one 12mm piece of chain. Insert Swarovski Bead art. 5045 6mm Crystal Scarabaeus Green onto an eye pin, turn a loop at the end and cut off excess wire. Repeat this process with the two 4mm 5045 beads.

STEP 7: Attach the chains to the beaded eye pins by opening the eye pins and attach the Swarovski Pendants to the chains using 3mm jump rings.

STEP 8: Sew the chains onto the flower pattern as shown in the illustration. Sew the remaining Swarovski Crystals on to the Alcantara fabric pattern.

STEP 9: Cut two 70cm long ribbon pieces and sew them to the back of the Alcantara flower pattern.

STEP 10: Tie a bow with the open ends of the ribbon.

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Keep Smiling and Keep Sparkling!

Best Blue Color Trends for Fall and Winter with Matching Swarovski Crystals!

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Pantone Color Report Fall 2015: An Evolving Color Landscape

This season displays an umbrella of accord that weaves earthy neutrals with a range of bold color statements and patterns to reflect a landscape of hope, fun, fantasy and all things natural.

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Pantone Fall Color Report: Biscay Bay

Similar to soothing tropical waters, Biscay Bay embodies a plush and luxurious teal tone that is both cool and energizing. It’s a color that recharges our spirits. Its serene qualities of blue, coalesces perfectly with the invigorating aspects of green. The color blue is known to provided a sense of peace, calm and tranquility. When mixed with green, it adds balance, growth and uplifting feelings.

Biscay Bay’s Complimentary Swarovski Crystal Color Tones Include:

Indicolite                                    Caribbean Blue Opal

 Swarovski Crystal Beads Indicolite   Swarovski Crystal Beads Caribbean Blue Opal

Blue Zircon                                             Petrol Pearl

Swarovski Crystal Beads Blue Zircon   Petrol_Pearl

One of the Newest Swarovski Innovations includes a vibrant coating called Crystal Scarabaeus Green, which is much more brilliant in person! Half of the bead is a medium grayish tone and the other have explodes with a vibrant green, blue and purple peacock combination. It’s an excellent on-trend Fall and Winter coating that is luxurious!

Crystal Scarabaeus Green                   Crystal Scarabaeus Green Pearls

5328_Crystal_Scarabaeus_Green  New Swarovski Crystal Colors and Effects Fall Winter 2016 Innovations Crystal Scarabaeus Green Pearl

Reflecting Pond Pantone Fall Color Trends 2015

Pantone Fall Color Report: Reflecting Pond

Thoughtful, contemplative and composed, Reflecting Pond is a cooling blue with a lot of depth. Conveying a message of credibility, it is a dependable shade that speaks to our need for stability and security.

Reflecting Pond’s Complimentary Swarovski Crystal Color Tones Include:

Montana                                        Crystal Bermuda Blue

Swarovski Crystal 85001-Montana Ring Beads   Swarovski Crystal Bermuda Blue

Dark Sapphire                                         Dark Lapis Pearl

Swarovski Crystal Beads Dark Sapphire   Swarovski Crystal Dark Lapis Pearls

Night Blue Pearls                                             Tahitian Pearls

Swarovski Crystal Night Blue Pearls  Swarovski Crystal Tatian Pearl

Deep blue Swarovski Crystal Earring Design Inspiration using Fancy Stones.

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Swarovski Crystal Bermuda Blue Heart Pendants

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I hope you love these beautiful blues for your Fall and Winter sparkling accessories!

Keep smiling and keep sparkling!!

Fall and Winter Jewelry Trends Highlighting THE ART OF EXPRESSION

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Fall and Winter Jewelry Trends

This Fall and Winter’s New Swarovski Innovations reveal a desire to connect with something very unique and nonconforming. The overall trend is to embrace innovative ideas, to branch out and discover new design ideas, textures and colors inspired by your own special gift for creativity!

The idea is to harness your emotional connectivity to the world around you and introduce the unexpected. Classic color combinations, such as grey and neutral tones can be infused with splashes of vibrant colors, such as pinks, blues or purple tones to revitalize them with a spark of dynamic energy.

There are four new Swarovski themes and corresponding crystal innovations for this Fall and Winter season and I will focus on the Classic Theme today.

THE ART OF EXPRESSION (Classic Theme)

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A new freedom from strict precision can be seen in enthusiastic splashes of vibrant color and combinations of diverse materials such as lace, faux leathers, satins and recycled textiles, that look even more extravagant when pared with crystals.

This Swarovski crystal necklace “Dipped in Lace” design, bestows a whimsical and day-dreamy expression with cheerful and vivacious combinations of frothy white lace, Crystal Beads, Pearls and Pendants. This design includes instructions on how to create this eclectic assortment of textures and colors, one whose romantic and playful design is a creative inspiration!

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This colorful and eclectic “Sparkling Frida” necklace is a throwback to the signature style of the famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo. This energetic necklace is spirited and multi-dimensional, incorporating mixed metals such as chains, Crystal Double-Spike Beads, Pearls, BeCharmed Beads and Flatbacks, which all come together in one gypsy-like design that inspires us to go wild!

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This Fall and Winter 2014-15 Jewelry trends are influenced by an Eighties theme with quirky, versatile and streamlined shapes highlighted by shimmering metallics. With its one or two hole option, the new Pavé Thread Ring bead adds everyday opulence and creative versatility to all types of designs.

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Swarovski Crystal Fine Mesh is an exciting new product that made its debut on the Atelier Versace Fall/Winter 2014 Haute Couture catwalk in Paris. As an evolution of the original Crystal Mesh launched by Swarovski in 1993, it uses brilliant small XILION chatons to create the perfect gently flowing material for all-over second-skin shine, sparkling evening-wear and high-glamour looks.

These pictures are courtesy of Versace. Please contact me for Crystal Fine Mesh ordering details.

Swarovski Jewelry Design Inspiration

One of the most exciting, fun and rewarding things to do is to embark on a journey of new discovery and creativity through design. This season focuses on self expression and embracing new perspectives. Feel free to explore new ideas, push boundaries and make your design dreams come true!

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I hope these jewelry designs and trend ideas have inspired your creativity!

Swarovski Color and Trend Inspirations Spring/Summer 2015 – Classic Theme

Swarovski_Jewelry_Trend_Inspirations_Spring_and_Summer_2015Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2015 Color and Trend Inspirations – ‘Traces of Time’

This season, Swarovski’s trend analysts have identified a radical change of mindset in relation to lifestyle choices. Referred to as ‘Traces of Time’, it relates to today’s changing perceptions of age, where the phenomenon of aging societies is having a huge impact on a global scale, leading to important changes in healthcare, retirement systems, and family structures.

Indeed, the generations are converging: the older groups are staying youthful and more carefree, while the young become less rebellious and more career-oriented. This new way of experiencing the impact of age on choices, lifestyles, and aesthetics is reflected in Swarovski’s new season’s crystal assortments. There are four key inspirational themes and corresponding innovation highlights for Spring/Summer 2015: Faded Memories (Classic), Sunset Rituals (Romantic), Vivid Moments (Progressive), and Forgotten Dreams (Glamour).

The trend and color inspirations below focus on the Classic – Faded Memories theme.

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With the ongoing recession, the relentless drive of technology, and the overcrowding of our physical and mental space, we hold on to memories of better, more carefree times.

“Technology has complicated our lives. We hunger after the simplicity of the past, or the effortless days of our childhood. We need to adopt the simple notions of playfulness and individual expression if we are to avoid becoming bland and homogenized nations.”

This need to get away from it all is one of the reasons the trends for nostalgia and retro are still continuing so strongly.

Faded and washed with a Polaroid nostalgia, the theme updates almost kitsch references, making them more adult yet still playful and fun.

Inspired by architecture and structure, a new geometric language focuses on faceting and the magic of the cut. There is also a strong graphic direction toward vintage, weathered American billboards and road signs, reminding us of summers past.

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THE MOOD

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There is an increasing focus on tactility and texture in all design. Monochromatic opaque finishes incorporate in traditional shapes for jewelry. In fashion, crystals are used with graphic simplicity to create large bandings of patterns in different linear formats. The interplay of light through color achieves importance in all design segments.

Crystal is incorporated to bring a lighter, playful attitude to geometric designs.

Angular shapes are softened and modernized with different material combinations and graphic interplay.

Electronics imitate everyday objects where colors and shapes reflect optimism and humor.

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PRODUCT INSPIRATION

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Subtle, almost washed-out colors such as Vintage Rose, Violet Champagne, Silk, Crystal Antique Pink, Light Amethyst SatinLavender, Denim BlueCrystal Blue Shade, and Light Azore Satin to name a few in any of the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS help evoke summer nostalgia.

Tone-on-tone Flat Backs and Crystal Pave Balls in various shapes create stunning tactile textures.

Swarovski Opal hues such as Air Blue Opal, Caribbean Blue Opal, Chrysolite Opal, Pacific Opal, Rose Water Opal, Sand Opal, Violet Opal, Cyclamen Opal, and White Opal add an air of sophistication. Swarovski Buttons, Sew-on Stones, and simple motifs create a playful and unexpected design element and can be beautifully incorporated into jewelry designs as well as their traditional sew-on uses.

Fine sparkling crystals complement and balance precise linear design. The matt iridescence of Crystal Pearls, coupled with the radiant shine of sparkling crystal, creates a strongly modern effect.

Jewelry designed by Auden

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JEWELRY INSPIRATION

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Opaque crystals such as the opal colors (mentioned above) as well as the Dark Red Coral, Mint Alabaster, Rose Alabaster, Turquoise and White Alabaster are mixed together with brighter crystals to create a unique look.

Traditional shapes are modernized with the use of slightly tinted neutrals combined with unconventional metal finishes.

Conventional shapes are redesigned to create a playful and effortless feel.

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SWAROVSKI COLOR COMBINATION INSPIRATION

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Inspiring crystal and color combinations from the Classic theme range from the romantic sparkle the clear Crystal embodies in company with similar hues expressed in the delicate hints of light bluish sparkle found in the Crystal Moonlight and moving into more of an intense interplay with light and colors of pinks, blues and yellows transmitted through Crystal AB. The Crystal Silver Shade is a soft and elegant grayish sparkly effect that blends nicely with the lighter crystal hues as well as the darker grey or black tones. The graceful neutral/taupe tones of Crystal Golden Shadow, is a gorgeous effect that can bring together warmer colors in the intermediate or brown tones. The Crystal Brandy is a rich gold and apricot sparkle effect that can be used as a nice transition into either a soft Jonquil yellow or the vibrant orange colors such as Fire Opal and Tangerine.

The White Opal is a beautiful milky white hue that serves as a wonderful transition into more expressions of color, such as this featured green, blue and purple color palate. The Palace Green Opal, Chrysolite Opal, and Pacific Opal, blend nicely into the new Crystal Iridescent Green, Light Azore, Air Blue Opal, Denim Blue, Crystal Blue Shade, Light Blue Crystal Pearl, Aquamarine, Indicolite, Blue Zircon and Light Turquoise. The Crystal Antique Pink is a soft and feminine effect that can be incorporated into other pinkish hues such as Light Rose, Rose, Rose Water Opal, Powdered Rose Pearl, Mauve Pearl, Light Amethyst and Crystal Lilac Shadow.

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SEGEMENT INSPIRATION

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In consumption, meaning is everything: people exhibit a yearning for nostalgic products that evoke happy memories.

Traditional shaped jewelry is modernized, with outlines of standard necklaces reinterpreted. A playful, fun, and effortless look is prominent. Simple nostalgic shapes are adorned with crystal to take them one step further. “As people will have fewer possessions …”  (20/20 Consumer Insights) the ones we own will need to exhibit the perfect combination of design and functionality.

Crystals create surprising surface textures that add fun and excitement to all designs.

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SWAROVSKI TRANSFER FLAG COLOR AND DESIGN

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SWAROVSKI COMPONENTS FLAG COLOR AND DESIGN

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SWAROVSKI COMPONENTS FLAG INFORMATION

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Have fun creating innovative designs with new color combinations

inspired by the Faded Memories theme!

Fashion Trends and Color Inspirations for the New SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Fall and Winter 2014/15 Innovations! Featuring EXTRAVAGANT SIMPLICITY

Classic Extravagant Simplicity Swarovski Fashion and Color TrendsThe extravagant simplicity style focuses on a pared-back feel is prevalent as the design world becomes focused on what is being termed “Boredom Beauty.” This new design ethic sees basics reinvented with hidden detailing and purpose. Wardrobes concentrate on the achievable and wearable. Alongside this, a new male/female hybrid is introduced. Indeed, there is a strong, ongoing focus on the classic shapes of the past with a modern interpretation. Form follows function as in Bauhaus doctrine, and in this theme, cut and finishing touches are key: details are refined and elegant.

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A firm focus on keeping it straightforward and simple coins the new design ethic of “no-fuss” fashion.

Crystal emerges in clean, geometric structures or as finishing touches to simplified designs.

Minimalistic jewelry styles – clean-cut stones and alternative materials – become the new expression of luxury.

Feminine lines meet masculine style in the new androgyny, where men wear typically “female” colors such as beige, pink, cream, and champagne.

Basics are reinvented to lay the foundation for a wardrobe that will bridge both fashion and time.

Reduced, well-chosen, and functional designs in New Segments take center stage.

PRODUCT INSPIRATION

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Crystals in small sizes, placed with geometric precision, are used to form patterns or add interest.

Refined geometrics blend harmoniously with minimal designs.

The reinterpreted classic shapes of Fancy Stones and Pendants add a modern finish.

Subtle Sew-on Stones and Beads help to soften the severity of designs.

Streamlined cuts in classic shapes allow harsh purity to morph into modern luxury.

JEWELRY INSPIRATION

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New geometric cuts offer a multitude of combination possibilities to aid the creation of interesting patterns for modern classical jewelry lines.

Jewelry designed by Philippe Audibert

SWAROVSKI COLOR COMBINATIONS INSPIRATIONS

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Swarovski Color Inspirations Featuring White Opal, Clear Crystal, Crystal Silver Shade, Crystal Golden Shadow, Light Colorado TopazCrystal Metallic Light Gold 2X and Crystal Rose Gold. Complimentary Crystal Pearls include White, Cream, Cream Rose, Light Cream Rose, Platinum, Powdered Almond, Powdered Rose and Rose Gold.

The graceful and sophisticated appearance of these subtle, yet stunning colors and effects enhances each new jewelry or fashion design with a refined elegance that is simply divine.

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Crystal is integrated into designs or used as subtle trims or patterning along edges, under collars, or to highlight seams in tone-on-tone combinations.

Pure, clean design brings order and serenity to an over-hyped world.

Solid forms in asymmetrical, geometric cuts are outlined with crystal.

A new breed of synthetics in sharp lines highlights style with purpose.

Fluidity clashes with structure, showcasing a new male/female hybrid.

Stripped-down shapes reflect the consumer need for calm and clarity.

Minimalism gets a makeover with modern material mixing.

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Geometric structures with deliberate attention to detail and clean lines offer a subtle yet strong design element.

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Sparkles and Smiles!